The backdrop for the town of Nederland is the scenic Indian Peaks Wilderness, which is part of Roosevelt-Arapaho National Forest. The Indian Peaks Wilderness was established in 1978 in order to preserve the scenery and wilderness of the area. Adjacent to the southern boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park, it gets its name from many peaks contained with its border named after Indian Tribes. The Indian Peaks encompasses soaring peaks of 13,000 feet, trails along the Continental Divide, numerous lakes including Brainard Lake Recreation Area and Rainbow Lakes, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation both in the summer and winter due to the range of Indian Peaks Weather. Some areas of wilderness rival Rocky Mountain National Park for alpine scenery, and in fact, in Enos Mills’ original proposal for Rocky Mountain National Park, he had included all of the land that is now part of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.