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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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  • small lake within easy reach. ideal if you want to have a leisurely walk wrapped in beautiful scenery, suitable for anyone.
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  • Hiked the lakes here and loved the stunning scenery. The weather wasn't great and the trails were snowy but still busy with other hikers and skaters heading to the frozen lakes. 
  • If you are going to Colorado, then a trip to the Rock Mountains National Park needs to be on your list of things to do. We stopped off here on our way up into the Rock Mountains, we parked in the carp...  more »