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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 is popular for Brook trout 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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  • Sprague Lake has a nice and flat trail that allows you to walk around the lake. If winds are calm, you can get nice reflections off the lake of the surrounding landscape. Note that Sprague Lake... 
    Sprague Lake has a nice and flat trail that allows you to walk around the lake. If winds are calm, you can get nice reflections off the lake of the surrounding landscape. Note that Sprague Lake...  more »
  • Sunrise at Sprague Lake was a spectacular experience. As the first rays of the Sun hit Hallet Peak and slowly spread around, you feel the sense of the Rocky Mountains waking up around you. You will....  more
    Sunrise at Sprague Lake was a spectacular experience. As the first rays of the Sun hit Hallet Peak and slowly spread around, you feel the sense of the Rocky Mountains waking up around you. You will....  more »
  • We loved walking around this lake. Be sure to read the history of the lake. Crowds were minimal as compared to Bear Lake. The walk around was lovely. Saw lots of fish, but no moose. Places to sit and....  more
    We loved walking around this lake. Be sure to read the history of the lake. Crowds were minimal as compared to Bear Lake. The walk around was lovely. Saw lots of fish, but no moose. Places to sit and....  more »
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  • Sprague Lake is one of my favorite places to photograph elopements in RMNP! The dock makes for a beautiful venue with great views of the mountains and lake behind you, and while the trail around the lake can be busy, people are generally nice enough to stay off the little offshoot trail to the dock when they can see it's been reserved for a ceremony. The trail is flat and easy, about a 10 minute walk from the parking area, although it's usually snow-covered from November through mid-May. And this area is almost always windy! Bring layers any time of year.
  • We enjoyed sprague lake a lot! You can park your car right by the lake or take a free park shuttle. Theres a trail that goes around the lake so you can enjoy the gorgeous views from all sides! Its a very nice option in rocky mountain np for thise who cant hike much and still wanna see the parks beautiful nature. Very accessible! Definitely worth the stop.
  • A great spot to watch the sunrise and take a light, easy stroll around the lake, which in approximately 1/2 mile around. It is also wheelchair accessible. This scenic area is a must see! There is a parking lot and bathrooms nearby.
  • PARKING SUCKS now that you don't have to have reservations.... Nice walk though...still worth it!
  • Beautiful lake & landscape. You can see the bottom. No trash on the grounds. Just beautiful!

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