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Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
(4.6/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This place offered some amazing views as soon as you started driving up to it. Be aware that there is a limited number of parking spots and if you don't see any, you can park down further in the lower...  more »
  • As a Coloradoan, I've found that not everyone has the stamina or elevation acclimation to hike my favorite trails in the park. So this has become my go-to to take people, specifically if they're from ...  more »
  • Beautiful, easy walk around Bear Lake. Perfect for young children to stretch their legs and get some energy out. This path appeared to be relatively accessible.