Emerald Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

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  • Emerald Lake is 1.8 mi/2.9 km from the Bear Lake trailhead. The short hike is a bit steep - rising 605 ft/184 m in elevation. On the way to Emerald Lake, you pass by Nymph and Dream Lakes. We visited ...  more »
  • This was my favorite hiking experience of Estes Park. We walked through to Nymph Lake, Emerald Lake, and Dream Lake -- all incredible and it was amazing how different the scenery was at each one. I ca...  more »
  • Cold and wind aside, this is an awesome hike! Especially in winter in the middle of the week, when the crowds are almost nonexistent! We didn’t make it to Emerald this time, but stops along the way at...  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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