Comanche Peak Wilderness in Colorado

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Comanche Peak Wilderness

Comanche Peak Wilderness is a territory that will put you into the wild. On this land, no motorized vehicles are allowed. You can only travel by foot or horseback.

  • Comanche Peak Wilderness is north of Rocky Mountain National Park, and a part of Roosevelt National Forest 
  • No motorized vehicles allowed—explore by foot or horseback 
  • The area is great for Hiking, Backpacking, Backcountry Camping, Fishing, and Hunting 
  • Dense forest and abundant wildlife characterize the landscape

What can I see and do in the Comanche Peak Wilderness? 

  • Wildlife: This forest is home to many animals including elk, moose, deer, bear, mountain lion, coyote, ptarmigan, and beaver. Look skyward and you’ll spot chickadees, hummingbirds, grey jays, red-tailed hawks, and golden eagles. 
  • Scenery: With more than 65,000 acres of wilderness, you’ll find dense forest of ponderosa pine and spruce-fir. Tundra coats the peaks in the Mummy Range. 
  • Backpacking/Hiking: Explore over 121 miles of trails. Hike Beaver Creek Trail, enjoy mountain lakes like Browns Lake, or summit Comanche Peak at 12,702 feet. 
  • Backcountry Camping: Camp near Browns Lake, Comanche Lake, or close to Big South Fork of the Poudre River. Pitch your tent in designated sites. No fees, no reservations, and open year-round. 
  • Hunting: Huge amounts of game roam this popular hunting arena. From big to small, game includes geese, duck, turkey, mountain lion, elk, and deer. Hunting License is required. 
  • Fishing: Lakes and streams are filled with cutthroat, brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Toss your line into Beaver Creek, Browns Lake, or Comanche Lake. Colorado Fishing License required.

Where is the Comanche Peak Wilderness?

Comanche Peak Wilderness is located within Roosevelt National Forest. Neota Wilderness borders its west side, and Rocky Mountain National Park is to its south.

How much does the Comanche Peak Wilderness cost?

There’s no entrance fee or camping cost. You do need a license for fishing or hunting.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Canyon Lake Ranger District office: (970) 498- 2770 or the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Office: (970) 295-6600.

For information about Fishing and Hunting licenses, call the Colorado Division of Wildlife Headquarters: (303) 297-1192.