Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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The second-largest natural freshwater lake in Colorado, 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. To visit Bear Lake on your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker.
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  • We did the trek in late August and it was crowded since it was one of the easiest trails in the park. Lake and the circular trail were OK — 0.6 miles with little or no elevation gain. 
    We did the trek in late August and it was crowded since it was one of the easiest trails in the park. Lake and the circular trail were OK — 0.6 miles with little or no elevation gain.  more »
  • This lake is pretty and easy to walk around. It’s good for anyone. The views are gorgeous. Short walk from the parking lot to trail around lake. What takes away from this beautiful experience is... 
    This lake is pretty and easy to walk around. It’s good for anyone. The views are gorgeous. Short walk from the parking lot to trail around lake. What takes away from this beautiful experience is...  more »
  • We made a long detour to visit this area. Unfortunately in mid September the area was deserted. The colour of the lake was distorted by the cloudy weather, pretty much all of the restaurants were... 
    We made a long detour to visit this area. Unfortunately in mid September the area was deserted. The colour of the lake was distorted by the cloudy weather, pretty much all of the restaurants were...  more »
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  • Beautiful lake. Must go for Rocky Mountain national park. The lake is not far from the road and is friendly for old people or handicap.
  • Easy walk near the trailhead entrance, and just steps from the shuttle stop and parking lot. Many fantastic viewing points to take photos of the lake, the surrounding mountains and, for a short time only, the amazing fall foliage.
  • It took just about 20/30 mints to complete the trail. Really easy trails kids friendly. It has a mountain view which you can not forget.
  • Truly breath taking. Lots of cute chipmunks scurrying around. The path is easy around the lake for all ages. Be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time
  • Amazing place, you could reach this place either by car or bus the earlier the better. Online Reservations is required and opening are posted every day at 5 pm for the next day.

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