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Calling all brainiacs! BRAINard Lake Recreation Area is the place to stretch your body and mind. Whether your vice is getting lost in thought among the trails or fishing peacefully alongside a pond, Brainard is the place to be. Bring your sketchbook and draw the variety of flora and fauna! Read your favorite book against a tree. When it comes to Brainard Lake, there’s no doubt Continue reading...
Calling all brainiacs! BRAINard Lake Recreation Area is the place to stretch your body and mind. Whether your vice is getting lost in thought among the trails or fishing peacefully alongside a pond, Brainard is the place to be. Bring your sketchbook and draw the variety of flora and fauna! Read your favorite book against a tree. When it comes to Brainard Lake, there’s no doubt you’ll be back.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
47
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Cave
Forest
Hot spring
Lake
River, stream or creek
Waterfall
Beach
Desert
Redwoods
Swimming hole
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Wind sports
Surfing
Swimming
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Hipcamper Johnathan
Johnathan V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 14th, 2015

Love this place! Brainard Lake is a great place enjoy the great outdoors in the quintessential Colorado setting. Glacier fed lakes, soaring mountain peaks, and babbling brooks make this the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, this place is a known hot spot for the growing Colorado moose population, so keep your eyes out. There is a entrance fee ($10 per passenger car, good for three days), so make sure you have cash, but trust me, it's worth it!

A short hike up from Brainard Lake will take you to Mitchell Lake and impressive views of Mt. Toll (12,979') and Mt. Audubon (13,229'). John Denver wasn't lying about that Rocky Mountain High!Dip your toes in the glacier fed waters of Brainard Lake. The very accessible shoreline makes this lake a great place to have a family picnic.Brainard Lake Recreation Area has plenty of trails for the hiker to explore and even has access to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. If you want to experience hiking a pristine and rugged wilderness, then be sure to grab a trail map and get out there!If you want to get up close and personal with jagged peaks and high alpine lakes, then hit the Lake Isabelle Trail. This 4.2 mile roundtrip hike will take you to a max elevation of 10,903 ft, just below treeline.
Hipcamper Jody
Jody S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 15th, 2015

The road to Brainard Lake is only open in the summer. Mid-June through early fall. If the road is blocked/locked, there is no fee, but there is a 2 mile hike from the parking lot at the fee station, so be prepared for that. Also, this is a very popular area, so be prepared for lots of people. No backcountry camping in this area.

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September 2nd, 2018
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April 2nd, 2017
Park
Roosevelt National Forest
State
Colorado
Phone Number
970-295-6600
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
40.081° N, 105.535° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 8 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent Only: 1 Site
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 38 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)