The options for hiking and outdoor exploration in the area surrounding Winter Park are endless. And, that’s not an exaggeration! One of those places is the Byers Peak Wilderness, located in the Arapaho National Forest. Just west of Winter Park and Fraser, Byers Peak offers adventurous spirits plenty of ground to explore. Here’s what you’ll find there!

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Byer’s Peak

Byers Peak Wilderness covers over 8,900 acres of Colorado landscape. Situated in the much larger Arapaho National Forest, Byer’s Peak stands at a towering 12,804 feet tall and can be easily be seen from nearby towns like Winter Park. Byers Peak Wilderness was named after William N. Byers, who founded Rocky Mountain News, Colorado’s first newspaper.

Hiking Trails

Byers Peak Trail

This trail is very popular and measures just over nine miles long. The trail is rated “Hard,” so come prepared and know your personal limits! Hikers will climb nearly 3,000 feet on the way. However, the view from the top is incredible and well worth the hike. Enjoy a stunning view of Byers Peak Wilderness and the Arapaho National Forest!

Keyser Creek Trail

If you’re coming from the western side of the peak, take Keyser Creek trail to the summit. While this trail is much shorter (5.8 miles from the trailhead to the summit), it is more scenic.

The Wilderness

Byers Peak is the highest peak in the Byers Peak Wilderness, According to the USDA Forest Service, the area is home to two glacial lakes, and plenty of wildlife species including elk, bear, and moose. Campsites are available at the Byers Creek Campground.


If you’re leaving from Winter Park, stop by Epic Mountain Sports for any last minute needs. You’ll find an excellent selection of hiking equipment here! If you mountain bike or ski, it’s a great place for rentals and gear, too.

Ready to explore Byer’s Peak Wilderness? Grab your gear and head to Arapaho National Forest entrance in the Sulphur Ranger District at 9 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, CO 80446. For more information on weather and accessibility, make sure you call the Sulphur Ranger District at (970) 887-4100.

Enjoy Year-Round Fun When You Live in Winter Park

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