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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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  • Such a great place to stop--lots of options for hikers of all abilities as it's the trailhead for more than one path. The short hike around Bear Lake is easy and fun- NOT for strollers!! Just there la...  more »
  • Half Mile round trip around the whole lake. It's gorgeous all the way around. We saw butterflies and chipmunks. There was snow on the trail in many areas and also mud and standing water. It was fun!! ...  more »
  • Bear lake is the poster lake of Rocky. It can get very busy. I'd recommend getting their before 8am or after 3pm. Their is a lower lot that has shuttle service that you should use between these times....  more »