Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

4.7
#1 of 47 in Parks in Rocky Mountain National Park
Must see · Water Body · Nature / 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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  • Our family of 4 (kids ages 10 and 8) booked the Emerald Lake snowshoeing tour in April of 2021. Our guide was Floyd and he went WAY above and beyond what we ever could have imagined. Our 8 year old.....  more »
  • The lake is frozen as of April 2nd restrooms are disgusting they smell really bad it’s very slippery be careful  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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