Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Sprague Lake is a scenic lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, located on the "south side of Glacier Creek, about two miles south of the Hollowell turnoff." The half-mile walk around the lake is wheelchair accessible and features boardwalks and bridges with views of Flattop Mountain and Hallet Peak. The lake "provides a pleasant area for brookie fishing."The area is named after Abner Sprague, who started a homestead there in 1874. Later, he opened a lodge for dude ranching, hunting, and fishing. To improve the fishing, he dammed the far end of the lake. The area became part of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915, and continued to serve guests as the Sprague Hotel. In 1919, guests paid $6.00 per room with a private bath, and $1.00 for regular meals. The hotel, which no longer exists, stood near the present day parking lot.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Accessible from the parking with picnic tables, beautiful view--great for photo ops. Worth a visit. Big chance of seeing a moose here.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We enjoyed a day in RMNP. This is a good time of year to view elk, hear them bugle, and see the golden aspen. The trail around Sprague lake is a short easy walk, so great for small children. The view ...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Easy access and a simply beautiful hike around the lake. At sunrise I saw a moose feeding right offshore. Great views from each side so walk around it if you can.  more »

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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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