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Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Camping & Lodging

Permits: The Indian Peaks Wilderness is divided into backcountry zones. View a map of Indian Peaks Wilderness & Backcountry Zones (pdf, 274Kb). Permits are issued according to zone and required for camping between June 1 and September 15. Large groups (8 - 12 people) and/or organized groups such as scouts, churches, schools, internet outdoor groups and hiking clubs require permits year-round for day and overnight trips. Download a wilderness permit application form (pdf 134Kb).

Permits are limited and must obtained in advance from the Boulder Ranger District (2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301) or Sulphur Ranger District (9 Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 10, Granby, CO, 80446). Please download and complete the wilderness permit application form before visiting the office.

Camping: Click here for a list of Boulder Ranger District Campgrounds.

Visiting Tips

July & August are the best, but also the busiest months to visit the IPW.

Food & Drink

After the Ride: Local Favorites

Tabernash Tavern Try the steaks!
72287 US Hwy 40, Tabernash CO — (970) 726-4430
Hernando's Pizza and Pasta Pub Dip your pizza crust in honey. I know, it sounds weird, but it's just plain awesome.
Rise & Shine Bakery Winner of Westword's Best of Denver 2010 - Best Breakfast Under $2!
Sharky's Try 18 Wheeler breakfast!
Elevation Pizza Gluten free crust!
551 Zerex St, Fraser CO — (970) 726-0066
Randi's Grill & Pub I saw someone fart on my grilled chicken.
Rudi's Deli Great sandwiches
Pepe Osaka's Fishtaco Tequila Bar & Grill The soft shell crab was about as generic as it gets. Dining mate said the spicy pork was the best
78707 US-40, Winter Park CO — (970) 726-7159
The Smokehouse BBQ Try the sweet and tangy BBQ sauce! With pork ribs.
78656 Hwy 40, Winter Park CO — (970) 722-0227
Fraser Valley Dog Bison Brat was awesome! The jalapeƱo adds just the right kick to the brat.
New Hong Kong Curry Triple Delight was delightful.
Casa Mexico Fajitas for two were absolutely delicious. More than enough food for 2 people. The service was great and everyone was very friendly.
Carvers The service was great. Get the Mexican Scrambler and share one of the cinnamon rolls. Delicious!
Kathmandu The best Nepalese food over 8000 feet!
New Moon Bakery and Cafe This is a great place for a morning meeting. Quiche and coffee is my breakfast of choice here.
1 W 1st St, Nederland CO — (303) 258-3569
Pioneer Inn Cool spot to work an watch a game
Crosscut Pizzeria and Taphouse Best pizza in CO
Backcountry Pizza Eggplant parm sandwich is awesome!
Miyauchi's Snack Bar Get the wild berry crumble with a chocolate dip and a waffle cone
1029 Lake Ave., Grand Lake CO — (970) 627-9319
Sloopy's Grill Had a burger, fries, and a milkshake. All were delicious. Friendly staff and a nice place to hangout. Best burger in the Grand Lake area.

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