Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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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 .
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  • At our visit in november no problem to find a parking space. The walk around bear lake itself is beautiful but on the short side. However can you take from this point though walks to several other lakes all of which are more than worth it. The paths are well to do, accounting for approximately 60-80 minutes walk to emerald lake (way back goes faster because downhill)
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  • We made a trek of 4 lakes and the truth is that every one of them was spectacular. Beautiful views and easy walks suitable for all ages.
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  • This is a beautiful easy hike around Bear Lake. There are many picture opportunities and keep an eye out for wildlife.  more »

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Where to stay in Rocky Mountain National Park

Camping offers one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the nature of Rocky Mountain National Park. The park offers more than 500 individual sites spread out over five developed campgrounds, and wilderness camping expands your options even further. Many visitors stay in the eastside gateway town of Estes Park, where you can choose from lodges, resorts, economy motels, small inns, bed and breakfasts, and cabins. The town features a lake and views of the park's sharp peaks. On the park's western side, a handful of lodges, inns, cabins, and motels are clustered around Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake. You'll also find campgrounds around Lake Granby.
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