Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

#1 of 47 in Parks in Rocky Mountain National Park
Must see · 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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  • The lake is frozen as of April 2nd restrooms are disgusting they smell really bad it’s very slippery be careful  more »
  • We were not sure what to expect when we arrived as this was the middle of March and there was several inches of fresh snow. Hoping to see the lake but instead it was frozen over and snow covered...  more »
  • Second time here, and again perfect winter wonderland views! COLD and beautiful, we walked ON the lake this time, as it was completely frozen over. First time for me!!! What gorgeous views! A must!!!  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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