Niwot Picnic Area
Area Status: Closed
Located on the west side of Brainard Lake, Niwot Picnic Area is set in the shade of the subalpine forest adjacent to Brainard Lake Road. The area offers four picnic sites with tables, pedestal grills, metal fire rings and trash receptacles.
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At a Glance
|Fees:||Brainard Lake Recreation Area CASH OR CHECK ONLY fees apply during the summer operating season (typically late June through mid-October).|
|Closest Towns:||Ward, Colorado|
|Water:||Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.|
|Operated By:||Concessionaire: American Land & Leisure|
From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, continue another two miles to parking at Brainard Lake, and walk 0.5-1.0 mile (depending on the parking sites available) to Niwot Picnic Area.
Due to its high elevation, the Brainard area is not generally snow-free until July. The seasonally-open Brainard Lake Road typically opens in late June and closes mid-October.