Top Adventures in Ward

  • Snowshoe Long Lake

    A long but extremely scenic hike tucked in Colorado's Indian Peaks wilderness. The entire Long Lake trail says 2.3 mile but due to winter conditions and snow pack you can really only make it the east edge of the lake. Exit Long lake loop back on t...

    8 miles 200 ft gain

  • Summit Mt. Toll

    This hike starts at the Mitchell Lake trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area - keep in mind that during the Summer months its a $10 entry fee to drive directly to the parking lot at the trailhead. If you choose not to spend $10 dollars you...

    6 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Snowshoe Mount Audubon

    Want to start snowshoeing peaks?! Of course you do! If you don't already have snowshoes, you can rent a pair at your local REI (the one in Boulder, CO is closest to this hike). Check the snow conditions and if there is a fair amount of snow, I wou...

    13.9 miles 2715 ft gain

  • Winter Camp at Lefthand Reservoir

    The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is a winter adventurers playground with numerous snowshoe and cross country ski options to be explored. This area is popular as it offers dramatic mountain peaks, a trail for everyone (no motorized vehicles off of...

    3 miles 250 ft gain

  • Explore Red Rock Lake, CO

    If you are looking for great reflections, color and mountain peaks for your photos, this lake is a great place to start. The Brainard Lake Recreational Area has so much to do, but this is a stop not to miss.It seems that everyone drives on by this...

  • Hike to Mitchell Lake

    Located in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Mitchell Lake is a good quick hike for an afternoon getaway. With just two miles to go till you reach the lake itself, it's easy for the whole family and the pups (the recreation area is super popular,...

    4 miles

  • Camping at Brainard Lake

    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.Br...

  • Hike to Blue Lake

    Located in the Brainard Lake Recreational Area (west of Nederland, CO in the Indian Peaks Wilderness), this gem isn’t exactly a well-kept secret, but it has all the beauty that you could ask for in a relatively easy Colorado hike.To get the full e...

    6 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike Shoshoni Peak

    Starting at the Long Lake trailhead, follow the trail along the north side of the lake. Near the end of Long Lake, take the trail to Lake Isabelle and Pawnee Pass trail to the right. The trail is in good condition but steepens a little en route to...

    10 miles 2800 ft gain

  • Climb Apache Peak

    Start at the Long Lake Trailhead ($10 parking fee) and head up the trail towards Isabell Lake. You'll pass both Long Lake and Isabelle lake, with spectacular views at both. At Lake Isabelle, be sure to continue straight on the trail, further up th...

    10 miles 3280 ft gain

  • Hike Pawnee & Buchanan Pass Loop

    Before you start your trip, get a camping permit from the Boulder Ranger Station. Plan to spend your first night in the Crater Lake BZ (Backcountry Zone), and your second in Buchanan BZ. If you're feeling particularly sedate, you can easily spend ...

    26 miles 2800 ft gain

  • Hike Pawnee Pass and Pawnee Peak

    Start at the Long Lake trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation area (there's a fee to park, if you don't have a pass). Take the trail towards Lake Isabelle for a few miles, winding through forest and past Long Lake. Signage towards Lake Isabell...

    9 miles 2400 ft gain

  • Inspire Your Fall Aspen Trip!

    Autumn days in Aspen are filled with sunshine and nights with crisp cool air. Watch the mountains and valleys turn gold with the changing Aspen trees. Take in the scenery while enjoying scenic drives, hiking through forests, road biking, and exploring our IMBA Gold Level Ride Center recognized mountain bike trails. 




    Learn More

    Tours

    More Tours

    Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Lyons, Colorado

      Camp Dick

      Overview Camp Dick is the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was established in the 1930s. It is located just off the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, on the Middle Saint Vrain Creek.Recreat...

    • Ward, Colorado

      Pawnee

      Overview Pawnee Campground is located in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, off the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, 35 miles south of Estes Park and the main entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park...

    • Allenspark, Colorado

      Olive Ridge

      Overview The Olive Ridge Campground is located within the Roosevelt National Forest, situated near the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of 8,350 feet.Recreation O...

    • Rollinsville, Colorado

      Kelly Dahl

      Overview Kelly Dahl Campground is located adjacent to the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway, near the historic mining towns of Nederland, Rollinsville, Central City and Black Hawk.Recreation Although no fo...

    • Boulder, Colorado

      Boulder A-Lodge Camping

      Campsites are on platforms about 50 feet up the trail above the property. This provides great views and more privacy. Each site comes with a bear box to store food. In the main lobby, there is free...

      From $40/night

    • Boulder, Colorado

      Boulder A-Lodge Cabin

      The private cabin is a great accommodation for a family or group. One master queen bedroom, one guest queen bedroom, one bunk bedroom, and a pullout couch. The cabin also has one private bathroom, ...

      From $149/night

    More Lodging Options