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Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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The second-largest natural freshwater lake in Utah, Bear Lake has been nicknamed Caribbean of the Rockies because of the piercing turquoise color of its water. Limestone deposits reflecting in the water are the cause of the distinctive blue color of this 250,000-year-old lake. This lake and its surrounding area offer recreational activities year-round, from fly-fishing and Jet-Skiing in the water, to skiing on the snowy nearby slopes in the colder months. You can also spot plenty of wildlife and birds here, and the area is known for its raspberries. Work out when and for how long to visit Bear Lake and other Estes Park attractions using our handy Estes Park travel itinerary planner.
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  • Beautiful lake, easier hike once you are acclimated to the altitude some. Very popular destination with visitors. Good shuttle system to get there if can't drive to trail head. Other lakes are worth t...  more »
  • The hike around the lake is very easy and gorgeous! Saw ducks on the lake and many places for pictures or picnics. We were lucky enough to find a parking spot even though they said that the lots were ...  more »
  • Bear Lake is a hub of a network of trails that extend various distances. There are several trails that are 1/2 mile - 1 mile that is great fro beginning hikers or families with young children. We took...  more »

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