Indian Peaks Wilderness Rules and Regulations

Wilderness permits are required

Permits are required for all overnight campers June 1 through September 15, large groups (8 or more people) and/or organized groups such as scouts, churches, schools, internet outdoor groups and hiking clubs. The permit fee is $5 per group. 

Permit Issuing Locations: 

Day-of-trip Permits Only:

  • Monarch and Junco Lake Wilderness Stations - summer only
  • Indian Peaks Ace Hardware, 74 Hwy. 119 South, Nederland, CO 80466, (303) 258-3132

Download a Wilderness permit application form (pdf 134 Kb) and mail it with a $5 check payable to the USDA. Send the check and application to: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80301 OR to the Sulphur Ranger District, 9 Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 10, Granby, CO, 80446.

Permits are also required for camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. For information, please call (970) 586-1242.

Indian Peaks Wilderness Regulations

  • Motorized equipment, or mechanized transportation is prohibited, including motorcycles, chain saws, bicycles or carts. Wheelchairs are exempt.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock combined.
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited within 100’ feet (or more if posted) of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude. Thin soils and mountain vegetation are easily damaged by fire and fires scar rocks and soil. Use a stove, a fire pan or an existing fire ring when and where fires are allowed.
  • Certified weed-free forage is required on all public land. Only pelletized or steam-rolled feed grains, or certified weed-free hay, straw, or mulch are allowed.
  • Pets must be on a handheld leash at all times.
  • Stock:
    • must not be hobbled, tethered or picketed within 100’ (or more if posted) feet of any lakes, streams or trails. This protects fragile vegetation and keeps lakes and streams clean.
    • are prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone, in the Cascade Backcountry Zone.
  • Campfires are prohibited on the east side of the Continental Divide, as well as Caribou Lake, Columbine Lake, Gourd Lake, Crater Lake and in the Cascade Creek drainage above Cascade Falls.
  • Camping:
    • is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone from May 1 through November 30.
    • is allowed only at designated campsites within the Diamond, Jasper, Crater and Caribou Lakes Backcountry Zones camping.

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