Preserving and Protecting the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas

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The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA) is a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 non profit dedicated to preserving and protecting the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas.  Due to their close proximity to the Colorado Front Range & Denver metro area, they are among the most heavily used wilderness areas in the U.S. and face increasing risk of degradation.


Since it was founded in 1985, the IPWA has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service Boulder Ranger District in a collaborative stewardship to preserve and protect these wilderness areas. The IPWA achieves its mission by managing several programs aligned within its four strategic goals of Wilderness Restoration, Education, Advocacy, and Patrolling.

This website provides information about our organization, how you can help support us, and some helpful resources for planning your next trip to the wilderness. 


Keep it wild!

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"We do not inherit the wilderness from our ancestors;
we borrow it from our children."

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA) is 100% volunteer run! 

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Note: We do not have information about openings/closures, regulations, etc.

Please contact the U.S. Forest Service Boulder Ranger District directly at

(303) 541-2500 or visit their website.


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