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Address: 5000 Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

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Most visited lake in the Park

Beautiful lake with amazing access to all the good trails on the East side of RMN. Definitely not in the "wildnerness" here what with all the crowds and man-made stuff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Longmont, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Beautiful lake with amazing access to all the good trails on the East side of RMN. Definitely not in the "wildnerness" here what with all the crowds and man-made stuff everywhere--but only a short hike and you're away from it all.

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carmel
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191 reviews 191 reviews
67 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited bear lake in April. A fun hike for the kids. The lake was beautiful even when frozen. Think it would be much better in the summer but still amazing. Enjoy!

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We started out here with a trip around the lake on a paved trail with many nice stopping areas to sit or picnic or take photos. After leaving Bear Lake trail we continued up the hill for several more miles visiting other lakes up above. They were all crystal clear and you could see many trout swimming around the edges.... More 

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Nixa, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

July 2014. Amazing views and beautiful scenery. Make sure to check it out if you are in this area of the Park.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Three of us visited Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time in mid-March. It was a 60 degree day and already difficult to find parking by lunchtime in the Bear Lake and Glacier Gorge areas. This seems to be quite a popular part of the park at this time of year. We managed to park at the the Bear... More 

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

So beautiful. November was a perfect time to visit. Not a huge crowd, the snow was perfect in the mountains. Bear Lake was without a doubt our favorite part of our trip through RMNP.

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Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Bear Lake is an easy, mile long trail. During the summer that is. It's mostly accessible to anyone, and a very easy trail. During the winter, there can be 3 or 4 feet of snow, and the trail is impassible without spikes or snowshoes. The ideal time to visit is in early September, as the aspen trees there begin to... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I used Bear lake as our launching point for three out of our four day hikes in RMNP, and the views did not disappoint. It is a different world there entirely in January, with winds so fierce they could blow you off the cliffs and snow so deep it could swallow you. We made an unsuccessful attempt... More 

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Hopkins, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Short little hike from the trailhead, but that certainly doesn't mean that it underwhelming. Great view across the frozen lake towards the towering mountains. If you want to go a little further, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake are a little ways down the trail from Bear Lake.

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Cotopaxi, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We got here early in the day and had the lake pretty much to ourselves. It is gorgeous in the winter and you can drive right up to the main parking lot. Of course, there is lots of ice so bring something to give you traction and a hiking pole or two. The lake will be completely frozen over but... More 

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