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. Work out when and for how long to visit Bear Lake and other Rocky Mountain National Park attractions using our handy Rocky Mountain National Park travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I hiked the Bear Lake loop with my family consisting of 2 adults and 2 small children. It was definitely a must-see, which accounts for the huge numbers of people there. We visited in early July and n...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The first time we tried to get to Bear Lake ... around 8:30..the parking was so congested that the Rangers blocked the road and said we had to return to Estes and take the shuttle bus....so we returne...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This was our second visit here in the spring. The first time it was an easy hike around the lake, this time we arrived after a BIG late season snow storm so it was a little more work to walk the trail...  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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