Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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The second-largest natural freshwater lake in Utah, 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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  • Bear Lake Road leads you to magnificent scenery on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get out of your vehicle and stroll along the beautiful Bear Lake for a must-see and easy hike.  more »
  • When we arrived, the lake was frozen over. Good thing we did our research and called Estes Park Mountain shop before hiking the area. We were recommended to wear micro spikes on our hiking boots. We w...  more »
  • We visited this place when the lake was frozen over. What a lovely place. We walked right around the lake and found the north side was warmer with little snow as opposed to the south side with lots of...  more »
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  • The drive is so scenic to this amazing lake. If you are planning to go in winter as I did, make sure you have sturdy boots. The ice is very slippery unlike other spots. There are few trails where you can further venture out from the bear creek trail to experience fresh pristine snow on the mountains. Summer would be an ideal time to visit Bear Lake as you get to go on the Trail Ridge Road which connects the Bear Lake to the Grand Lake. Going on Thanksgiving did not get us disappointed. In fact it was mesmerizing and the crowd is lot less compared to the peak summer time. The daily pass to this place is 20$, weekly pass for 30$ while the annual pass is for 60$. Smoking is illegal as well as using the drone to capture the scenic place is banned. Do visit Estes park which comes on the way to the Bear Lake. Though this is not the time when snow starts, be prepared to drive on a snowy road. There was an unexpected snow when we got back from the Rockies. It can be a daunting and risky experience to drive in that weather. Be prepared to enjoy the scenic place and get awestruck.
  • Great view. You can visit this place any time in the year. Beautiful Alpine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado State.
  • A picturesque lake in an easily accessed area. You won't be rewarded by quite the same level of views that can be found deeper into the park, but Bear Lake is still worth a quick stroll on the very well maintained trail around the lake.
  • Short and easy hike, well worth the drive. Good as a warm-up before hiking up to Emerald Lake.
  • Great view, anyone visiting RMNP has to visit bear lake

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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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