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Old 07-26-2020, 02:43 PM   #1
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Route to Brainard Lake Recreation Area, CO

We tow a 32’ fifth wheel camper. Has anyone gone from I-25 (Longmont, CO) to Ward, CO (Brainard Lake Recreation Area/Pawnee Campground)? We would be coming south from Custer, SD. On Google maps it shows to go from Longmont onto what it shows to be Hwy 36 (?), but it is really Lefthand Canyon Road and goes straight to Ward. There’s no number shown for Lefthand Canyon Rd. Otherwise you can go on into Boulder and take Hwy 119 to Nederland, CO and go north to Ward. We are totally unfamiliar with these routes and don’t want to get into some awful road or something. We are coming south from Custer, SD. Thanks
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It's all paved to Brainard Lake and looking at the satellite view appears to have no issues. However, it will be a steady climb to 10,000' elevation. It's not listed in the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' as some of the roads are in the area so that's a plus. I would say it's a 'Go' if we were doing it. It looks like a popular place for RVers so there will be more there.

Take I-25 south to Hwy 66 west (Exit 243) then south on 36 to Lefthand Canyon Dr. to Brainard Lake Rd. (112).

As comparison, Fort Collins is already at 5,000' elevation.

Looks like a pretty place! Enjoy.
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