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

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Beautiful, but come early

We wanted to be at the Bear Lake early in the day knowing that the parking lot gets busy. We visited on Thursday, June 18. we got to Bear Lake just before 9:00 am, and there was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
BethWI
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Muskego, WI

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Muskego, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We wanted to be at the Bear Lake early in the day knowing that the parking lot gets busy. We visited on Thursday, June 18. we got to Bear Lake just before 9:00 am, and there was plenty of parking at that time. However, probably within 30 minutes, the parking lot was full. Our kids are 3,5,7, and 9. We... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonder in itself, but Bear Lake is an easy access, photogenic lake with snow covered ROcky Mountain peaks in the background. Easy to walk around the entire lake and enjoy the different views. A must do when going to Esgtes Park.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We visited Bear Lake on a Monday morning in June. We arrived at 9 am and the parking lot was full, as many other people have talked about in their reviews. So, please best bet is to take the shuttle, offered a few miles before the entrance to Bear Lake, on your right. You can also use this shuttle for... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Only a ~20 minute drive from Estes Park, this is probably my favorite thing to do in RMNP. This is my second trip. Bear Lake is only a few feet from the parking lot, so it is accessible to every one. My recommendation is to get here as early as possible. Watching the sunrise from the lake is a great... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The lake was a pretty standard mountain lake. While it was beautiful, there's a lot better things to see just by hiking around the area. Don't just see the lake, see the rest of the area via the trails too. There's different difficulties so if you want a long hike, they've got it. Short one? There's options.

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

After driving to Bear Lake, we were not impressed. My husband and I decided to do the hike about a mile to Dream Lake from Bear Lake. Glad we did. Ended up fishing and catching a few fish in the stream and had awesome pictures of the lakes up that way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Crowded than I thought based on the trail ridge road trail experience. Do Park & Ride through Shuttle good for environment and will save time running around to find Car parking. No hike, just a walk around lake, good for young children. Fantastic views of Rocky Mountains capped with snow. Start early to avoid crowd and for relaxing time. Sit... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Bear Lake is very family friendly as it is a short flat mile hike around a beautiful lake. There are several longer hikes that branch off from Bear Lake that are very, very nice hikes but do add miles and elevation to your hike. Be sure to check the signs and ask rangers if you have questions. The Bear Lake... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We are not spring chickens, so the idea of hiking at 10,000 feet did not appeal to me. Not to worry, my son assured us, I have a nice little walk for you. After driving through the park and seeing elk, big-horned sheep, a huge owl's nest, he took us to Bear Lake. It is a glassy lake surrounded by... More 

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Roseville, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Here's a critical view: this is a walk, not a hike, and about as much of an "escape to nature" as a city park. As schedules happened, we were passing through (on our way to Grand Lake) about 11 a.m. on a Saturday. By that point in June, we were already forced into the large primary park-and-ride. The shuttles came... More 

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Address: Address: 5000 Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Rocky Mountain National Park

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