Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

4.7
#1 of 48 in Parks in Rocky Mountain National Park
The second-largest natural freshwater lake in Colorado, 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. To visit Bear Lake on your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker.
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  • You MUST hike around the lake for the best views; the trail is very level for the most part and not too difficult. The walk is beautiful on a bright, sunny day. The water is nice and cold as you...  more »
  • All I recommend is to go in spring, not winter. In winter the lake -of course- is frozen and the scene is all-white. Also, most of the routes to get there will be closed. My 4 yo boy was excited to...  more »
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  • Family camping trip and this place is gorgeous and Awesome! Toilets well maintained
  • Awesome family friendly hike around the lake with several great picture spots and places to explore.
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