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Recommended Reading, Maps & Apps

If you're interested in purchasing these books, consider shopping locally at Boulder Bookstore (one of our IPWA sponsors) 

Trail Guidebooks

  • Best Hikes Indian Peaks Wilderness (Kent Dannen)

  • Colorado's Indian Peaks: Classic Hikes and Climbs (Gerry Roach)

  • Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness  (John E. Heasley)

  • Best Boulder Region Hiking Trails (Bette Erickson, Russell Dohrmann, Gail Dohrmann) W

  • A Fly Fishing Guide Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness Area (Steven Schweitzer)

  • The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas (John Fielder and Mark Pearson)

  • Maps​

  • Sky Terrain Southern Rocky Mnt. National Park and Indian Peaks Trail Map V

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map - Indian Peaks Gold Hill (#102) V

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map - Winter Park Central City Rollins Pass (#103) V

  • Trail Tracks Indian Peaks Panoramic Map

  • E = Readings used in education programs (for interns, teachers, etc.) conducted by the IPWA 

    = Issued to volunteers

    = IPWA Writers (current/former volunteers, interns and grant recipients)


    Wilderness and Environmental Issues
    • Wilderness and the American Mind (Roderick Nash) E

    • A Sand County Almanac (Aldo Leopold) E

    • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (Timothy Egan) E

    • Satellites in the High Country (Jason Mark) E

    • Wilderness Forever Future (Doug Scott)  - download PDF here E

    • A Land Made from Water: Appropriation and the Evolution of Colorado's Landscape, Ditches and Water Institutions (Robert Crifasi)

    For more recommended readings on Wilderness visit:

    Mountaineering & History Books

    • The Magnificent Mountain Women: Adventures in the Colorado Rockies (Jan Robertson) W

    • 100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers (Jan Robertson, James Fell, David Hite,  Christopher Case and Walter Borneman) W

    • High Country Names: Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks (Louisa Ward Arps and Eppich Kingery)

    • The Archaeology of Colorado (E Steve Cassells)

    • Chief Left Hand: Southern Arapaho (Margaret Coel)

    • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks (Andrea Lankford)

    Naturalist & Field Guides 

    General Reference

    • The Naturalists Guide to the Southern Rockies (Audrey Benedict) E

    • WILD Colorado: Crossroads of Biodiversity (Colorado Division of Wildlife) E

    • Song of the Alpine: The Rocky Mountain Tundra through the Seasons (Joyce Gellhorn) W

    • Grassland to Glacier: The Natural History of Colorado and the Surrounding Region (Cornelia Mutel and John Emerick)

    • Wild Boulder County: A Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year (​Ruth Cushman and Stephen Jones) 

    • Peaks, Plateaus and Plains: The Ecology of Colorado (Allen Crockett)

    • Ice, Fire and Nutcrackers: A Rocky Mountain Ecology (George Constantz)

    Wildlife & Fish

    • White-tailed Ptarmigan: Ghosts of the Alpine Tundra (Joyce Gellhorn) W

    • Mammals of the Rocky Mountains (Chris Fisher)

    • Birds of Colorado Field Guide (Stan Tekiela)

    • American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of Colorado (Ted Floyd)

    • Fish of Colorado Field Guide (Dan Johnson)


    • Rocky Mountain Tree Finder (Tom and Bridget Watts)

    • Trees of Colorado Field Guide (Stan Tekiela)

    • Rocky Mountain Flora and Rocky Mountain Wildflowers (James Ells)

    • Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies: Revealing their Natural History (Carolyn Dodson)

    • Guide to Colorado Wildflowers: Volume 1 - Plains and Foothills and Volume 2 - Mountains (G.K. Guennel)

    • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and Neighboring Territories (Terry Willard)


    • Hiking Colorado's Geology (Ralph and Lindy Hopkins)

    • Roadside Geology of Colorado (Halka Chronic)

    Websites, Online Writers and Blogs


    Also 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. W

    Phone Apps & Sites

    Plant & Animal Field Guides Apps

    Trail Guide Apps (Note that keep in mind that social apps may have unreliable information or share directions to closed/off-trail locations)


    Weather & Road Conditions 

    Tally Counter Apps

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