Boulder Ranger District, west of Boulder


Photo of the large wooden sign marking the entrance to the Boulder Ranger District Office

The Boulder Ranger District encompasses over one hundred thousand acres of the Front Range in western Boulder and northern Gilpin counties. The district includes Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas and the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

Many areas of the district are within an easy two-hour drive of Denver and its suburbs, making this one of the top recreation destinations in the state.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: We are currently serving you virtually, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1p.m. to  4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed weekends and federal holidays. Contact us
Reservations: View Campgrounds At-A-Glance table to quickly view the campgrounds that accept reservations.
Permit Info:
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • Regulations vary. Be sure to visit individual web pages for your activity, trail or area for updated information regarding regulations, restrictions, closures, directions and other important details.
  • There are areas with target shooting restrictions.
  • Review regulations and permit requirements before visiting Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas.
  • Many roads are open seasonally. Check the Road Status Table for updates.
Closest Towns: Boulder, CO; Nederland, CO; Ward, CO; Allenspark, CO
Passes: Annual, Access, Senior and Military Passes are available. Call the office before visiting at 303-541-2500.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80301
Phone: 303-541-2500, Fax: 303-541-2515 Contact Us

General Information


From I-25, exit west at Highway 119. Follow 119 to Boulder and exit Highway 119 west at Jay Road. Follow Jay Road west to Highway 36 and turn north on Highway 36. Go about one mile and watch for the Boulder Ranger District office on the east side of the highway. There is a Smokey Bear fire danger rating sign along Highway 36 in front of the building.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Boulder Ranger District offers seven developed campgrounds. All are accessed from the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway (Colorado Highways 7, 72, and 119). Individual operating seasons vary, however season dates range from mid-May through late October.

No. of Sites 260
Reservation Info Five of Boulder Ranger District's campgrounds offer reservable campsites, and all campgrounds offer at least some sites for first come, first served. Campground reservations are made through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at
Fire Information Campfires are generally allowed, unless seasonal restrictions are in effect. Visitors may gather dead and down wood for burning while visiting the National Forest. Campgrounds with hosts offer firewood for sale; contact the campground host.

Areas for Campground Camping at Boulder Ranger District, west of Boulder

RV Camping

Five of Boulder Ranger District's seven campgrounds are suitable for RV use. None of our campgrounds offer hookups, dump stations or showers.

No. of Sites 215

Areas for RV Camping at Boulder Ranger District, west of Boulder

Dispersed Camping

With a few exceptions, dispersed camping is allowed on National Forest System lands. Restrictions protect resources, minimize road damage, and reduce conflicts between landowners and visitors. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days in one location. After 14 days, the campsite must be moved a minimum of three miles. Camping can then continue for another 14 days. Camping is restricted to 28 days in any 60-day period. Some areas may require the use of designated campsites, and some areas, such as Indian Peaks Wilderness, require camping permits. More than 40% of lands within Boulder Ranger District's boundaries are private property. It is your responsibility to know if you are on private or public land.

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Boulder Ranger District, west of Boulder


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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