Brainard Lake Recreation Area is open year round to the public for many outdoor activities! Trails from the BLRA lead into the Indian Peaks Wilderness for enjoyment of many lakes and peaks! During the winter months, admission is free! You do, however, have to traverse about 2 miles that can be driven the rest of the year!For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Ward holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
I have created this page as a place to share my photos and stories of this area with the public! Please feel free to post your experiences on this page! I hope this will become a page where folks can gather information about current snow and trail conditions!
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Brainard Lake Recreation Area reviews
Beautiful area to hike outside of RMNP. I booked a timed entry for 9/13 for my best friend's birthday and it was wonderful. We hiked Long Lake Trailhead to Lake Isabelle and it was spectacular. The... more »
Through an internet search we learned that Brainard Lake was a good place to see moose, and we were not disappointed. We brought a picnic dinner and the picnic area was very clean. This lake is... more »
Absolutely stunning location. Each direction you turn is another picturesque postcard view. It's 10k feet, but still breathable (for those not acclimated to the altitude). Lots of trails for the die hard hikers and beautiful spots to rest weary bones for those more interested in soaking it all up without all of the activity. Good family, romantic or solo spot.
When you drive in you have no idea the beauty about to open up to you. Clean facilities and camp ground. Excellent camp ground hosts, thank you Patti and Charlie for your kind hospitality! Beautiful place to camp, hike, or just enjoy the stars. Staff at Brainard are all very friendly and helpful.
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