Striking a Balance
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This image of the off-limits Boulder watershed, starting at Arapaho Glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, is taken from South Arapaho Peak, which offers 360 degree views of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Front Range, Holy Cross Wilderness, and more. From page 41 of the 2005 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Management Plan, the goal for this wilderness is to "...protect wilderness values and establish a wilderness area close to a major population center to provide a nearby high quality wilderness experience for many visitors." Adherence to this upholds an important compromise between future-founding resource conservation and respite-giving recreation.