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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Great family hike

Great family hike, flat terrain, lots of benches to stop and stare at the beautiful surroundings... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Katie L
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Nice Hike

Very nice hike, this could take you 4 plus hours if you take your time and walk slowly. He have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lewis B
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206

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Reviewed yesterday

Great family hike, flat terrain, lots of benches to stop and stare at the beautiful surroundings! Really enjoyed this small hike

Thank Katie L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice hike, this could take you 4 plus hours if you take your time and walk slowly. He have been up to this lake several time and is a peaceful walk and the view is worth the time. So, if you have an afternoon...More

Thank Lewis B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bear lake is an easy hike with great views around the whole lake! It's relatively flat so even those out of shape are able to take their time and walk around it. Great picture area!

Thank xhelloworldx
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are not avid hikers and we were able to complete this hike easy enough... did get a little breathless with the high altitude though! Beautiful hike to a beautiful lake! There's not a lot of parking at the trail head, so heed the signs...More

Thank Carol R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The parking lot for the Bear Lake Trail is the trail head for a number of hikes: Alberta Falls (2 mi. round trip, elevation gain 200 ft), Bear Lake ( 1/2 mile loop, ADA trail), Emerald Lake (3.5 mi. RT, 650 ft. elevation gain, Dream...More

Thank capitollover
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a relatively easy hike around a lovely mountain lake. It is busy, make no mistake. We were there on Monday afternoon before Labor Day weekend and were able to park in the parking lot around 1:00 pm. There were plenty of families and...More

Thank JQWD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there over Labor Day weekend, and got to the park in the evening. We were told that the parking lots around Bear Lake fill up by around 7:30 in the morning, and if we wanted to get a spot we should get in...More

Thank 3nvi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful drive to the end of the road. Plenty of parking. Easy half mile walk around the lake with mountain views. Some areas are handicapped accessible.

Thank DenaNechama
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Bear Lake, Alberta Falls and Mills Lake. The hike was beautiful and well worth the bit of effort to achieve. We parked early in the Park and Drive and caught the shuttle as parking is very limited at the top at Bear Lake....More

Thank Mary c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in the national park, you must stop by Bear Lake. However, the parking is tricky and our best time to go was around 4:30pm when parking came available. It's a short hike to the lake. The scenery is magical. We had the...More

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March 28, 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
Depending on when you plan to visit, the closest campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park are Glacier Basin and Moraine Park. Aspenglen would be another option in RMNP. Do a Google Search for RMNP campgrounds and you... More
March 17, 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
In case another person sees this, the trail around Bear Lake had about 60 inches of snow on the ground on March 16. That amount of accumulated snow is normal in winter and early spring. Sneakers are NOT adequate because... More
Tallon V
August 9, 2016|
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Response from Laura3420 | Reviewed this property |
HI, I'm pretty sure dogs are not allowed on trails in RMNP. I thought I read that somewhere before our trip. And, I didn't see anything about swimming at Bear Lake.