Pawnee Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Photo showing a typical campsite at Pawnee Campground with a picnic table and pine trees

This campground has 47 campsites for tents, campers, trailers, or RVs. Eight walk-in campsites are typically available only for tent camping. Picnic tables, fire grates, water, vault toilets, and trash services are provided. Eight people are allowed per site except for units 12 and 32 which will accommodate 15 people each.

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There is no electricity, hook-ups, dump stations, or showers.

Campsites 1-6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22 - 26, 28 - 30, 32, 33, 36 – 38 will be reservable from early July through Labor Day. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling toll-free 1-877-444-6777. Reservations are accepted a minimum of four days prior to arrival (a maximum of 160 days) and cost an additional $10 per reservation by phone or $9 for reservations online. Campsites 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 27, 31, 34, 35, 39 and walk-in campsites W1 through W8 are are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pawnee Campground visitors are subject to Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees.

During the summer months, Pawnee Campground is almost always full to capacity on weekends and holidays, normally filling for the weekend by Friday morning or even earlier in the week, so plan to arrive early or consider making a reservation. This campground closes in September.

Situated at the foot of the Continental Divide, Pawnee Campground is in a mature spruce-fir forest. Be prepared for cold and wet weather at any time. Hiking trails west of this campground enter into the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground at Brainard Lake is closed for the season. Do not camp in a closed campground.
Fees Campsite fees are $19 per night (maximum of 8 people). Double campsites are $38 per night (maximum of 15 people). Senior, Age, and Access, passes provide cardholders a 50% discount on campground fees (this discount only applies to single campsites). Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees apply:
  • Passenger Vehicles & RVs (per vehicle/3 days): $10 
  • Vans (per vehicle/1 day): $25
  • Buses (per vehicle/1 day): $40
  • Motorcycles (per cycle/3 days): $5
  • Hiker/Biker/Walker (per person/3 days): $1
  • Short-term Bicyclist: 30 minute free pass
  • American Land & Leisure Season Pass (passenger vehicles): $55
  • American Land & Leisure Season Pass (hiker/biker/walker): $20
Interagency Annual, Military, Senior or Access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted.
Open Season: Late June or early July
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Prohibited: Pack animals (horses/llamas); recreational shooting (except for legal hunting) and being on trails posted as closed.
  • Brainard Lake Recreation Area Summer Season (May 1 - Nov 14): Dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times; dispersed camping is prohibited. When open, camping is only allowed within Pawnee Campground (no camping is permitted in closed campgrounds).
  • Brainard Lake Recreation Area Winter Season (Nov 15 - Apr 30): Motorized vehicles are prohibited; dogs allowed only on the Brainard Lake and Lefthand Park Reservoir Roads; camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of developed recreation sites except Red Rock Lake.
  • Fishing and Hunting: Permitted in accordance with regulations established by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions: From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, and continue another two miles to Pawnee Campground, located on the east side of Brainard Lake.

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Campground Camping

Pawnee Campground is located on the east side of Brainard Lake, and is the most popular campground on Boulder Ranger District. The scenery is spectacular and the forest provides deep shade, however, at its high elevation of 10,300 feet, Pawnee Campground is cooler and rainier than other campgrounds in the area. The operating season is short, typically lasting only from late June through early September.
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Reservation InfoEven-numbered campsites are reservable from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Reservations can be made from up to 180 to a minimum of four days in advance of your arrival to the campground. Make reservations by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online at: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Pawnee_Co/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO\&parkId=70579\&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
Fire InformationCampfires are generally allowed, unless seasonal restrictions are in effect. Visitors may gather dead and down wood for burning while visiting the National Forest. Campgrounds with hosts offer firewood for sale; contact the campground host.
No. of Sites55
Difficulty Level: Easy

RV Camping

Pawnee Campground is located on the east side of Brainard Lake, is the most popular campground on Boulder Ranger District. The scenery is spectacular and the forest provides deep shade, however, at its high elevation of 10,300 feet, Pawnee Campground is cooler and rainier than other campgrounds in the area. Due to the area's high elevation, the operating season is short, typically lasting only from late June through early September.

Reservation InfoEven-numbered campsites are reservable from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Make reservations by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online at: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Pawnee_Co/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO\&parkId=70579\&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
Fire InformationCampfires are generally allowed, unless seasonal restrictions are in effect. Visitors may gather dead and down wood for burning while visiting the National Forest. Campgrounds with hosts offer firewood for sale; contact the campground host.
Size RestrictionsCampsite spurs range from 24 to 60 feet in length
No. of Sites55
CorralsCampsite spurs range from 24 to 60 feet in length

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
40.0784281809
  Longitude : 
-105.57035430300
  Elevation : 
10,350'