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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  • Been there done that. Beautiful lake with a short hike around the loop. Taken the help of officer at the ranger office to know about the places to visit and he guided us to places and told whats best ...  more »
  • Had a picnic by the lake, it was great. Quick half hour walk around the lake as it was quite small. Bear lake was so crowded we couldn't get there  more »
  • What a BEAUTIFUL walk around the lake. Gorgeous vistas in every direction. A picture’s worth a thousand words so take a look at mine. Enjoy!  more »
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  • Beautiful. A little crowded later in the morning. It's a popular place for sunrise. We were there at sunrise but it was really snowy so it was a little quieter, fewer people around, and really pretty. We walked around the lake as far as the construction would let us.
  • With so many other great lakes in the area, it's tough for Sprague Lake to stand out. Highly suggested for anyone that doesn't have the ability to hike unpaved routes, but if you can, prioritize the other lakes around Bear.
  • Lovely picnic area. Sprague lake has beautiful views of continental divide.
  • Very nice place, beautiful place to view sunset
  • Good views all around the lake. Many places to rest.

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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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