Our Mission

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA) mission is to Preserve and Protect the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas.

The Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness areas are located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, only a short one-hour drive west of Boulder and Denver, Colorado. They are among the most heavily visited and utilized wilderness areas in the United States, and face an increasing risk of degradation due to high levels of visitation with over 150,000 visitors per season. 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 areas.  

The IPWA achieves this mission by managing several programs aligned within its four strategic goals of Wilderness Restoration, Wilderness Education, Wilderness Advocacy, and Wilderness Patrolling.​To learn more, visit the What We Do page. 

Who We Are

Around 150 Active Volunteers and

over 160 supporting members & donors 

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA) is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization with around 130 active volunteers and over 100 supporting members. The IPWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with no paid staff and is managed by an elected board of directors and officers.

Anyone can join the organization and support our mission as a supporting member with a donation of $10 or more, and/or become a volunteer!