You probably won’t find Leslie Knope here (cue sad sigh) BUT Pawnee Campground in Colorado shares the same spirit that Leslie would love! With pond fishing, canoeing, and hiking trails amongst the beautiful spruce and fir trees—wait actually keep an eye out for Ron Swanson; this seems right up his alley! There is much to explore in the beautiful campsite, you might just believe you stepped onto a television set.
Campsite area
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.

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


Natural features you'll find at Pawnee Campground.

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Hipcamper Evan
Evan W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 20th, 2015

The staff was so friendly and helped us get paid and oriented. Our site was quiet and clean and the previous campers left us some firewood. They did not sell any wood at the campground so pick some up in Ward. Access to Brainard Lake and the lakes beyond for hiking was the highlight for us.

Exploring around Brainard Lake, a minute walk from Pawnee campground.Brainard Lake!This is directly next to the campground: Brainard Lake Recreational Area. Park here and hit the lake or the forest beyond.We hiked west from the campground towards Lake Isabelle.
Hipcamper Tom
Tom N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 24th, 2015

This might be the nicest campground in Colorado, at least in the loop that did not suffer the blow down from high winds. The campground itself is all newly redone. Sites are huge and clean with a bear box in each site. Accommodations from walk in tent sites to sites that have a 75 foot long parking spot. It is only a few hundred yards to Brainard Lake and the jewel that is the Indian Peaks Wilderness just past that. There is near endless hiking here with pristine alpine lakes and even access to the continental divide. You can't go wrong.

Hipcamper ELENA
Elena E.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 25th, 2015

Wonderful campground though not all sites are created equal - some are fully exposed (ie no tree canopy) and are very close to each other. I would highly recommend reserving the walk-in sites as the are more secluded and surrounded by trees.

The area around the campground is beautiful, and chock-full of hiking trails. Wildlife can often be spotted, whether a fox crossing the road, or a moose drinking water by Brainard Lake.

Roosevelt National Forest
United States
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40.078° N, 105.57° W
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