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 a total of 47 campsites for tents, campers, trailers, or RVs. Picnic tables, fire grates, water, vault toilets, and trash services are provided. Not provided: electricity, hook-ups, dump stations, or showers. All campsites with a tent pad have a bear locker. Eight people are allowed per site except for units 12 and 32 which will accommodate 15 people each. National Weather Service Forecast.

Campsites are reservable early July through Labor Day. Reservations can be made at or by calling toll-free 1-877-444-6777. Reservations must be made a minimum of four days prior to arrival. Pawnee Campground visitors are subject to Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees.

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.

At a Glance

Fees Check the campground table for fee information. 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): $12
  • Vans (per vehicle/1 day): $30
  • Buses (per vehicle/1 day): $48
  • Motorcycles (per cycle/3 days): $7
  • Hiker/Biker/Walker (per person/3 days): $1
  • Short-term Bicyclist: 30 minute free pass
  • American Land & Leisure Season Pass (passenger vehicles): $66
  • American Land & Leisure Season Pass (hiker/biker/walker): $24
Interagency Annual, Military, Senior or Access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted.
Open Season: 6/25 - 9/12
Usage: Heavy
  • 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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