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“Birds, fish and trails” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lily Lake

Lily Lake
South Saint Vrain Ave/Hwy 7, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517
970-586-1206
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Champaign, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Birds, fish and trails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We walked Lily Lake Trail, inner loop and outer loop. The loop that goes up on the ridge above the lake was very enjoyable. We saw so many birds we had never seen before...many hummingbirds, a beautiful western tanager, various types of duck, various types of woodpeckers and warblers galore. Lily Lake has a particular type of trout that was thought to be extinct in the 30s. The greenback cutthroat trout is thriving in this little lake. You can see them in the crystal clear water along the shore. Catch and release fishing is allowed in this lake along a portion of the shore. Get there early in the morning for ample parking, otherwise there are no spots in the small parking lot. We returned to Lily Lake a few times while we were in the area.

Visited June 2013
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Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great Family Hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Lilly Lake is a flat hike that the whole family can do while seeing wildlife & an abundance of wildflowers.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lilly Lake is a must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We always love walking around Lilly Lake, part of Rocky Mt. Nat'l. Park, but not in the park proper. A mile around, walkers may amble or move quickly. You will see mountains, resident ducks, and fishermen trying their luck.

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Wichita, Kansas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“A beautiful place to enjoy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is a lovely, peaceful lake that is only a short drive outside of Estes. Take a picnic lunch and find a nice place to enjoy the treats in your picnic basket or backpack. There are various trailheads that lead from the lake with some lovely views of the mountains. One will enjoy the beauty of this lake and surrounding areas.

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Aurora, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A stunning little gem off the beaten path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Pretty little lake with a nice walking trail and stunning scenery. Just a short drive from Estes Park.

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