Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

4.7
#1 of 49 in Parks in Rocky Mountain National Park
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. To visit Bear Lake on your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker .
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Bear Lake
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Bear Lake Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,549 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • After driving the trail ridge road we stopped at the RM NP visitor center where we were told the road to Bear Lake was closed due to large crowds. The ranger told us this was common, and people would ...  more »
  • This Lake is buried out of sight until you drive into the Rocky Mtn National Park then take a short walk back to the Lake. Once there, you find a Lake so silent you can almost feel the quietness of th...  more »
  • Coming from sea level, it is a work climbing up and up to each subsequent lake, but it is so well worth it Although crowded, it is hard to think of a place with more Beauty. Each lake just seemed bett...  more »
Google
  • 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.
Places to stay near Bear Lake

Plan your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

View all >
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h

Side trips from Rocky Mountain National Park

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 8​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h

Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park

View all >
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 4​h

Hidden gems in Rocky Mountain National Park

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h

Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

5.0
Duration: 4​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Rocky Mountain National Park

4.6
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 4​h
4.9
Duration: 4​h

Plans to Bear Lake by other users

4 days in Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Estes Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Estes Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Estes Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans