Comanche Peak Wilderness

  

Tree covered hills in Comanche Peak Wilderness.

Comanche Peak Wilderness, named for its prominent 12,702 foot peak, was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by the United States Congress in 1980. Elevations within the Comanche Peak Wilderness range from 8,000 to 12,702 feet.

Located within the Roosevelt National Forest, this 66,791 acre wilderness area features lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine and spruce-fir forests below expanses of alpine tundra. Many scenic trails provide access to the area that borders the north and east sides of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Wildlife includes elk, moose, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, coyote, beaver and many smaller mammals. Several species of birds make the Comanche Peak their home, including chickadees, hummingbirds, grey jays, red-tailed hawks, ptarmigan and golden eagles. Lakes and streams are inhabited by cutthroat, brown, rainbow and brook trout. A few of the streams have the rare and endangered greenback cutthroat trout.

Comanche Peak Wilderness is becoming very popular with summer backpackers, hikers and anglers. It is also popular with hunters in the fall. To encounter the fewest people, plan your trip for mid-week and use less popular trails.

Always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep this area wild, clean, and pristine. 

At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • 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 200’ 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 for hikers. Equestrian riders must have dogs under voice control.
  • Stock:
    • must not be hobbled, tethered or picketed within 200’ (or more if posted) feet of any lakes, streams or trails. This protects fragile vegetation and keeps lakes and streams clean.
    • are prohibited overnight within Big South, Browns Lake, Comanche Lake or North Fork travel zones. Stock animals are prohibited at all times in the Emmaline travel zone.
  • Camping in the Browns Lake, Comanche Lake, Emmaline Lakes, Big South and the North Fork travel zones is restricted to designated campsites. No more than 12 people with three tents can use one site. Tents must be within 30 feet from the campsite marker. Do not camp or use a fire in revegetative sites. These areas are seeded with native, high-altitude grasses and need protection to grow.
  • Campfires are prohibited in the Browns Lake, Comanche Lake, Emmaline Lakes, Big South and the North Fork travel zones. Campfires consume scarce vegetation and leave permanent scars on the fragile soils of the area. 
Closest Towns: Fort Collins, CO
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming.
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

Topo maps

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General Notes:

Colorado’s Fourteeners

For more information about climbing Colorado’s peaks please visit the Rocky Mountain Region 14ers page.

Topo maps

Forest Service Topography Maps: These maps overlay Forest Service assets, such as roads, trails, and campgrounds, on USGS's topographic maps. They are available for download by quadrangle.

Buy maps online

National Forest Store:  Offers a full, nationwide selection of National Forest, Ranger District, Wilderness, and Specialty Maps for purchase online or by phone, fax, and mail.

Wilderness.net

Go to Wilderness.net for additional maps and information about Wilderness.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
40.475714

  Longitude : 
-105.849951

 



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