Brainard Lake Recreation Area Timed Tickets

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The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is uniquely set in a glacially carved valley offering visitors spectacular panoramic views of Brainard Lake, surrounding subalpine forest, and high peaks along the Continental Divide. This is arguably the most popular destination on the Boulder Ranger District.

The Area serves as a key gateway to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, the most-accessible Wilderness area from the Denver metro area. Only two hours from Denver via I-70 and the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway, the trailheads for Wilderness camping or popular day hikes as well as fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other dispersed recreation opportunities both in and outside the Indian Peaks Wilderness all begin in Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

This area uses a timed ticket reservation system to protect it from excessive human impacts, help meet local health department requirements, and facilitate a positive recreation experience.

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Changes and Cancellations

We will not be processing reservations, issuing refunds, or collecting fees for entry at Brainard Lake Recreation Area. Please have a printed copy of your timed ticket available to be checked at the Welcome Station or displayed in the windshield of your vehicle so that it can be validated. A digital version of your confirmation email with QR code will also be accepted for validation at the Welcome Station after 6:00am MT.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

4382 Brainard Lake Road Ward CO 80481

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