The Closest Wilderness Areas to Denver

Do you know the wilderness-designated areas closest to Denver? In about an hour drive from the city, you could be at a trailhead at one of four wilderness areas:

Indian Peaks Wilderness
James Peak Wilderness
Mount Evans Wilderness
Lost Creek Wilderness

No bicycles allowed in there, but hikers and equestrians are welcome. The photo shows these wilderness areas in relation to Denver and Boulder, along with the coverage areas of three of our latest maps from or Colorado Wilderness Series, Volume 1 that make up the Denver/Boulder Backpacking Map Pack.

Wilderness Areas Near Denver

From the boulder-strewn Lost Creek Wilderness to the 14ers of the Mount Evans Wilderness, there is a wide variety of wilderness landscapes right in Denver's backyard.  

Take some time this hiking season to explore some of the less-travelled corners of these areas, and despite being only about 35 miles (as the crow flies) from downtown Denver, you may find perfect isolation the whole day.  Grab one of our maps and spend a day, or a week, exploring Colorado's Front Range.


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