Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

#1 of 47 in Parks in Rocky Mountain National Park
Water Body · Nature / Park
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 loved the view at Bear Lake. Short walk from parking lot. Nice way to start our hike to the other 3 lakes above Bear Lake.  more »
  • Great scenery and easy trail to do with young children or elderly parents . Buys at times and parking can be tricky . Be sure to make sure you have the timed entry permit to access the Barr lake...  more »
  • Bear Lake currently requires timed reservations. Since we're not early, early birds, we were aiming for 7-9am, but they were sold out online very quickly, so we went with 5-7am arrival. Therefore, we....  more »
  • Family camping trip and this place is gorgeous and Awesome! Toilets well maintained
  • Awesome family friendly hike around the lake with several great picture spots and places to explore.
  • One of the best places I have ever been in my life. Beautiful and quiet. I can't wait to go back and visit again.
  • Great place to be and nice trail walk. It feels like a dream becoming reality. One of the best places in Colorado
  • One of the most beautiful places I have ever been and my favorite! I could sit at Bear Lake for days soaking in the majestic beauty of God’s creation.

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