The Indian Peaks Wilderness Area is one of the most highly visited wilderness areas in the nation. To preserve the wilderness experience, camping permits are required between June 1st and Sept. 15th, with limited spots available for each zone. The most popular sites and weekends often book up more than a month in advance and some areas are already close to selling out, so it's best to get your application in early. Overnight camping permits are $5 for each trip reservation.
When planning your trip, expect deep snow to linger on most trails through mid-July due to the high elevation. Roads to some trailheads don’t open until mid-June. In high alpine areas, winter conditions can occur suddenly and unexpectedly year-round, so be sure you are prepared with proper gear and footwear. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Plan your trip to be off of exposed areas before noon.
Once you’ve determined your preferred route, the best way to receive a permit for your top choice is to download, print and complete the form and mail it with a check to one of the addresses listed on the application form well in advance of your trip. Allow two weeks to receive your permit by mail.
If you choose to deliver an application in person, please note that the Boulder Ranger District is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day while the Sulphur Ranger District office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
For more information click here or visit the national forest website.