Understand Our Role (Step 1 of 5)

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA).

The Indian Peaks became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1978. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year, approximately 150,000+ visitors make the Indian Peaks Wilderness one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the country due to its close proximity to the Denver/Boulder metro area.

As an officially designated US Forest Service (FS) Wilderness Volunteer (our program operates under an IPWA-FS partnership), you'll hike in provided uniform attire (shirts, jackets, name badges, etc.) and interact with the public on the trails. Our wilderness volunteers monitor visitor use and compliance with wilderness regulations, provide visitor education, and report on trail conditions. We do have an annual membership dues of $25 and an additional one-time fee of $50 to help offset the cost of training, uniforms, and grants.

IPWA volunteers are asked to commit to completing a minimum of four hikes in uniform in the Indian Peaks or James Peak Wilderness areas each summer season, with at least one hike starting from the Long Lake or Mitchell Lake trailheads near the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. Volunteers must file a concise report online after each hike in a timely manner.

Applications to volunteer with IPWA will be available at www.indianpeakswilderness.org beginning April 1st. Volunteer applicants will be contacted during the April/May time frame to schedule an interview. All new volunteers accepted into the program are required to attend a full-day training session at the FS office in Boulder. Attendance is mandatory on that date – no exceptions – in order to be a volunteer this summer.

In the interim, we encourage you to visit the IPWA website to learn more about our organization and what we do to protect and preserve our local wilderness areas.

Thanks again for your interest in volunteering with the IPWA!

IPWA Board