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Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

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Great, even in March

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Having spent a couple of weeks in Estes Park, we had planned to go to see Bear Lake, having looked at the pictures on the net nothing, and I mean nothing will prepare you for these views. Driving to the Lake from Estes is stunning in itself to a very busy car park, once walking around though the people thinned... More 

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Rocky Mountain National Park has to be Bear Lake. An easy drive into the mountains with beautiful views all along the way. We have enjoyed the views in all seasons and it is alway breathtaking! If you are an early riser, you may even be lucky enough to see elk around the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It was VERY busy the day we visited Bear Lake, because the conditions were perfect for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. But even simply for hiking, it was a perfect day! I was stunned to see that the lake was totally frozen. In fact, if I hadn't known it was an actual lake, I would have just thought it was a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We hiked from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake and then almost to Dream Lake. Gorgeous views. The weather was windy so we turned back close to Dream Lake. It was quite busy but it didn't bother us at all. We were hiking with our 7 year old and he did great. What a wonderful place! We will be back.

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