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Wilderness Resources and Links

This page contains resources and links for our IPWA volunteers, supporters, and partners.


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Handouts for the Public

  • IPWA Brochure

  • USFS Indian Peaks Backcountry Zones Map

  • IPWA Brainard Summer Trails Brochure & Map

  • IPWA Brainard Winter Trails Brochure & Map

  • IPWA James Peak Wilderness Brochure & Map

  • IPWA Fire Prevention Brochure

  • James Peak Wilderness Topo Map

  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Hiking and Camping in Bear Country

  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Moose Safety

  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Mountain Lion Safety

Check out our Recommended Reading List, Maps and Apps page. 

To see an archive of past newsletters & announcements, visit the Newsletter Archives page.

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Leave No Trace Information


Authority of the Resource:


The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace:

Leave No Trace YouTube Channel:




Weather Conditions


Check out the website, a great source for weather and climate information for Nederland Colorado and the Indian Peaks area. This site was developed by Bryon Lawrence, Meteorologist and IPWA Volunteer.

Bryon Lawrence also provided the following recommendations: 

Weather Underground is a great site because they provide current observations based on their MesoNet (an extensive network of automated weather and environmental monitoring stations). 

  • Weather Underground station at Comstock Mine near Nederland, CO at 9,895 ft (near the old Caribou townsite, this is similar elevation, temperature and weather for Brainard Lake and Hessie Trailhead):

  • Weather Underground station at the top of the Panoramic Lift at Winter Park (12060 feet), which would be similar in conditions to some of the higher passes in the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness:

The weather service offers grid point forecasts, but the current conditions are not as representative of the location (the forecasts are really detailed though). Here is the grid forecast for Brainard: 


7-Day Forecast for Latitude 40.07°N and Longitude 105.57°W (Elev. 10561 ft) (


Check out the SNOTEL Colorado Snow Pack Report.

Also take a look at the Niwot Ridge TundraCam at 11,600 ft. The tundra cam is operated by the University of Colorado at Boulder's Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research Program (NWT LTER). It lies above timberline on Niwot Ridge in the Front Range mountains, the peaks at the head of the ridge form the Continental Divide.

Local Agencies

U.S. Forest Service Boulder Ranger District:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife:

Colorado Alpine Research 

CU Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research:

CU Mountain Research Station:

Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research:

Front Range Pika Project:

Search & Rescue Patrol Organizations

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group:

Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol: 

Outdoor Recreation Organizations

Colorado Mountain Club:

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers:

Backcountry Horsemen of America:

National Environmental Stewardship  & Volunteer Organizations

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance:

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:

The Wilderness Society:

National Wildlife Federation:

Defenders of Wildlife:

National Audubon Society:

The Nature Conservancy:

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers:

Local Environmental Stewardship & Volunteer Organizations

Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra Club:

Middle Boulder Creek Coalition:

Boulder County Nature Association:

Boulder County Audubon Society:

Rocky Mountain Wild:

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado:

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Conservation Corp:

Local Outdoor Equipment


Neptune Mountaineering:

Red Fox Outdoor Equipment:

North Face:


Sister Wilderness Volunteer Organizations in Colorado

Grand County Wilderness Group (GCWG)Assist the Sulphur Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service in managing and protecting wilderness and backcountry areas in Grand County, including the Indian Peaks Wilderness accessed from the Western Slope. Volunteers host cabins at the Junco Lake Trailhead and Monarch Lake Trailheads on weekends and holidays in the summer months. 

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV): Assist the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service in managing and protecting wilderness and backcountry areas in Northern Colorado. To achieve this mission, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers recruits, trains, equips and fields citizen volunteers to serve as wilderness rangers and hosts for the purpose of educating the public, and provides other appropriate support to these wild areas.

Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wildernesses (FOMELC): Provides cooperative stewardship support to the U.S. Forest Service Pike and Arapaho National Forests and the Mount Evans and Lost Creek wildernesses. 

Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance (ESWA): Partners with two Ranger Districts (Dillon and Holy Cross, both in the White River National Forest) to maintain three Wildernesses (Eagles Nest, Ptarmigan Peak, and Holy Cross), which are located in Summit and Eagle Counties.

Friends of the Wilderness Steamboat Springs (FW): Partner with the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears, Yampa, and Park's Ranger Districts to perform work in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek, and Flat Tops Wildernesses, which are within the Routt and White River National Forests.

Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC): Works with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal land management agencies to build a strong community of supporters who want to see the CDT protected not just for today’s users, but for generations to come.

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