Brainard Lake Fee Booth
Arapaho National Forest / Brainard Lake Area
Approx. Open/Close Dates: Early June to Mid October
Approx. Hours/Week/Couple: 40 - 65
Available Utilities: W, S
# of Host Sites: Admin area with 5 hosts
# of Day Use Sites: Welcome Center
# of Restrooms: 0
Elevation: 10,300 feet
BLRA is a multi-faceted area. The principal activities are camping, day use, fishing, and hiking. Brainard Lake itself has a road around it that provides access to many different trail heads. With a special permit hikers can stay out for overnight. Parking lots get very busy. In addition to the multiple parking areas for the various activities we have a large (165 site) parking area outside the Welcome Center to accommodate overflow, and stage those wishing to enter. On any given weekend we will have between 300 to 500 vehicles.
This is a very intense, hyper-active, well utilized facility on the front range. The FS has/and will continue to spend significant amounts of money to perpetuate its status as the gem of the area.