Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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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 wanted to do as much of the Rocky Mountain NP as we could during a mid April Vacation. Since most of Western side of the park is closed we ventured most of our visit on the east side. Bear Lake.....  more
    We wanted to do as much of the Rocky Mountain NP as we could during a mid April Vacation. Since most of Western side of the park is closed we ventured most of our visit on the east side. Bear Lake.....  more »
  • We visited Bear Lake April 11, 2022. The Lake and trail are very close to the parking lot. The snow and Ice did make it interesting getting to the lake though. We wore Hiking/Snow boots and did fine.....  more
    We visited Bear Lake April 11, 2022. The Lake and trail are very close to the parking lot. The snow and Ice did make it interesting getting to the lake though. We wore Hiking/Snow boots and did fine.....  more »
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  • One time when we were fishing we caught our limit!🎉
  • Must visit place. Scenic view in every direction.

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