The Indian Hills Fire Protection District (IHFPD) covers 11.4 square miles in Jefferson County and is in the foothills of Colorado’s Front Range approximately 23 miles southwest of Denver. This area was the ancestral lands of the Cheyenne and Ute First Nations. IHFPD is home to approximately 1474 residents, and the community is celebrating its centennial in 2023. IHFPD is surrounded by the Foothills, West Metro, Inter-Canyon, and Evergreen Fire Protection Districts and Indian Hills Fire Rescue (IHFR) often coordinates with these districts to provide mutual aid and respond to calls near the borders of the district. Elevations in the IHFPD range from 5,845 to 8,225 feet above sea level. About half of the IHFPD is covered in dense mixed-conifer stands with a mixture of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, and aspen. About 30% of the IHFPD is ponderosa pine forests with moderate to high tree densities. Shrublands are scattered across 10% of the IHFPD on drier south- and southeast-facing slopes. Riparian vegetation with cottonwoods and aspen occur alongside the intermittent stream that parallels Parmalee Gulch Road and along several other intermittent streams in the IHFPD. Black bear, elk, deer, turkey, and Abert’s squirrels are some of the wildlife found in the IHFPD.
Approximately 4.1 mi2 of land (36%) of the IHFPD is publicly managed. Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) administers Stain Gulch, Parmalee Gulch Park, a portion of Little Park, and a portion of Mount Falcon Park within the IHFPD. DMP administers Corwina Park, O’Fallon Park, Pence Park, Red Rocks Park, Birch Hill, and a portion of Mount Lindo immediately adjacent to the IHFPD. Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) administers Mount Falcon and Mount Lindo Parks within the IHFPD and Matthew/Winters and Lair o’ the Bear Parks north of the IHFPD. Evergreen Park & Recreation District administer Arrowhead Community Park, located south of the IHFR station.