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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Easy and cool to take a picture that is on a quarter

Beautiful lake, easier hike once you are acclimated to the altitude some. Very popular destination... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Beautiful lake!

The hike around the lake is very easy and gorgeous! Saw ducks on the lake and many places for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful lake, easier hike once you are acclimated to the altitude some. Very popular destination with visitors. Good shuttle system to get there if can't drive to trail head. Other lakes are worth the hike to get to them. Can do a nice loop with...More

Thank Hdolphin18
Reviewed 3 days ago

The hike around the lake is very easy and gorgeous! Saw ducks on the lake and many places for pictures or picnics. We were lucky enough to find a parking spot even though they said that the lots were full, so we didn't have to...More

Thank Hoosier1975
Reviewed 4 days ago

Bear Lake is a hub of a network of trails that extend various distances. There are several trails that are 1/2 mile - 1 mile that is great fro beginning hikers or families with young children. We took the hike to Alberta Falls, which is...More

Thank 126Robert
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful day trip. Arrive early to ensure available parking. The lake is small and the walking trail around the lake is quite easy and moderate. Plenty of places to stop and rest along the way to enjoy the view. Restrooms are available...More

Thank KarenAmma1008
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Arrive super early for a parking spot at Bear Lake. (Lot filled by 7 am the weekday we went) Emerald Lake hike is so worth the effort! Beautiful! Saw an elk just before you reach Emerald Lake. Momma elk looked to live on the rock...More

Thank Sarahblove
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy walk with fabulous pristine forest and breathtaking view from every direction! We visited in late afternoon and the crowds were lessening and temperatures were perfect! Really a must see in this beautiful national park!

Thank shvc50
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a walk everyone can enjoy. It is crowded but the lake is beautiful. It is very easy and accessible to all ages and abilities. Toddlers and seniors alike will enjoy this spot. Arrive early or late to avoid the crowd.

Thank slsgo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't get a chance to hike down and see it because we couldn't find a place to park. If you are planning on seeing it, go early in the morning or take the shuttle that goes into the park.

Thank Maddie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bear Lake is stunning and offers wonderful picture opportunities to capture the surrounding mountains reflecting in the lake. It is an easy walk around the lake and it is marked with informational signs noting points of interest. There are surrounding hiking trails as well. The...More

1  Thank Deb O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived Denver Int’l Airport and picked up our rental car and drove 1-1/2 hours to the W entrance of RMNP. We bought the annual park pass online as we planned to visit 3 national park on this trip. As soon as we entered the...More

3  Thank Jwebuser
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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.