Camping at Brainard Lake

Colorado Pawnee Campground

Added by Eric Schuette

  • Beautiful mountain lake
  • Nice camp sites
  • Lots of wildlife - a growing moose population

Pawnee Campground has 47 sites for suited for tents, RVs, or trailers with eight that are walk in and tent only. These can fill up quick so get there early if you don't have a reservation, which can be tough to come by but will be well worth it.

Brainard Lake has been one of the most popular hiking destinations in the front range for but more recently has become more popular as a camping destination. Anyone who has spent time there would be able to quickly explain why, it has access to some of the most beautiful areas in all of the front range, some very popular/beautiful summits, has among the most vibrant summer wildflower displays in Colorado, and is home to a growing moose population. A fee does apply unless you have one of several National Lands passes, enquire as to the current status of the passes as well as road conditions.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Firewood
  • Camp cooking gear
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Camping, Hiking

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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10 months ago

I prefer this area over nearby RMNP. Less crowds, beautiful trails, and dog friendly.

10 months ago

Added by Eric Schuette

I love adventure and exploring. Currently spending time hiking, climbing, fishing, and celebrating with a good beer in Colorado. On Instagram @ericschuettephotography Cheers!!!

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