Did You Know? …
Permits are required for all overnight camping in Indian Peaks Wilderness Area from June 1 to Sept. 15 and are always required for groups of 8-12 people. Due to limited availability, it is recommended that you request your permit as far in advance as possible before your trip.
Permits Are Required: Please read all relevant information below prior to obtaining a permit. NOTE: Permit applications for the 2021 season will be found exclusively here on recreation.gov starting March 16, 2021 at 8 am MST. Permits for IPW will no longer be issued by mail, phone, or in person. Read the press release for more information.
Permit & Season Information
From June 1 – September 15 a permit is required to be able to overnight camp in one of the selected Backcountry Zones within the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Large groups (8-12 people) are required to have a permit year-round, for both day trips and overnight camping. These permits are limited to one large group per day/night, per zone.
Where allowed, pack animals contribute to the total group size (i.e., 3 people and 4 horses would be a group size of 7).
The permit holder will have the ability to print their permit through their Recreation.gov account starting 7 days prior to the permit entry date.
It is critical to reference the Backcountry Zones Map below to help plan your trip and ensure you are within the correct zone.
**Please note, if there is any discrepancy between any information, rules and/or regulations as presented on the IPWA site and on the US Forest Service site, then those found on the US Forest Service site take precedence.**