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.
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Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
47 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

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Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


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Johnathan V.
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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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Roosevelt National Forest
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40.081° N, 105.535° W
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