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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We loved the view at Bear Lake. Short walk from parking lot. Nice way to start our hike to the other 3 lakes above Bear Lake. more »
Great scenery and easy trail to do with young children or elderly parents . Buys at times and parking can be tricky . Be sure to make sure you have the timed entry permit to access the Barr lake... more »
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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