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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


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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