Pawnee Campground

Roosevelt National Forest

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Brainard Lake Rd.
Ward, CO 80481
Reservations: 877-444-6777
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GPS: 40.0793, -105.5673

Last Price Paid: $19
Number of Sites: 47
Pad Type: asphalt
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: July-Sept.
Elevation: 10350 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Wander Wagon
De Pere, WI
21 Livin Lite Camplite RBS
2017 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab
37 reviews
Nightly rate: $19
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 31

Wander Wagon would stay here again

“Outstanding National Forest Campground!”

Reviewed Sep 05, 2016

Overall Rating

We first drove past the road to the campground, because it was not marked like the other ones since it was part of the Brainard Lake Recreation Area/Indian Peak Wilderness Area that is the sign you will see. The road was a little bumpy getting in and when we got to the park entrance there was a line about 12 vehicles in line. After one of the employees noticed our camper they walk up to us in line and stated all the vehicles in front of us were waiting to get a parking spot at for the hiking trails. The employee confirmed there were open campsites then moved some cones for us then got us in.

Once we arrived at the camp ground was found two loops one of which was pretty much clear cut (assuming do to the beetles killing the trees) the other loop was wooded. The roads were paved but each campsite had gravel. Each campsite had large gravel level pads. The campground had pit toilets which were very new and some of the cleanest we saw yet. The were water spigots around the campground, but had a sign on them no filling of campers.

The views from the park were awesome .

We hiked the Long Lake and Isabel Lake/Glacier trails which were great as well.

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25 Airstream 25 FB International
2016 Ford truck 150 Eco Boost, Lariat
9 reviews
Nightly rate: $19

janel would stay here again

“Brainard is a wonderful get away. The hiking trails are fabulous. The wildflowers are spectacular if you catch them in July. One sees Moose near the lake often. ”

Reviewed Feb 04, 2015

Overall Rating

This small campground opens late every year. The campground lies at the foot of the Continental Divide, next to 25-acre Brainard Lake and the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area at an elevation of 10,350 feet. A forest of spruce and fir trees covers the area. Summertime temperatures are warm in the day and cool at night. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. It can be windy at times.

It is "dry" camping. No electricity, but there is water and vault toilets.

Since the season is short it fills up quickly. Best time to go is during the week.

There is NO cell service.

MOOSE LOOP IS THE NICEST. It is closest to the lake. ELK LOOP experienced a devastating micro burst and most all the trees are gone. Favorite sites would be 39, 38, 37,and 23, 24, 26, 25 and 28 are pull throughs.

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  • dry camping
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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