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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Be Sure to Take a Hike...

Bear Lake Road leads you to magnificent scenery on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frozen Bear Lake

When we arrived, the lake was frozen over. Good thing we did our research and called Estes Park... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“easy hike” (124 reviews)
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bear Lake Road leads you to magnificent scenery on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get out of your vehicle and stroll along the beautiful Bear Lake for a must-see and easy hike.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived, the lake was frozen over. Good thing we did our research and called Estes Park Mountain shop before hiking the area. We were recommended to wear micro spikes on our hiking boots. We were thankful to have them because it made it...More

Thank Bianca A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this place when the lake was frozen over. What a lovely place. We walked right around the lake and found the north side was warmer with little snow as opposed to the south side with lots of snow. So beautiful all the way...More

Thank Blob123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Why wouldn’t one give 5 stars to the beauty of nature? The trees, the lake, the birds, the sounds... Amazing!! Bear Lake is a touristy place. It was crowded when my husband and I got there. But still, it is wonderful! Next time we’ll be...More

Thank Patricia R
Reviewed December 7, 2017

Arrived early the morning on an October weekday after a heavy snowfall and it was absolutley breathtaking. Snow and autumn leaves reflected like glass off the lake. It's a very short, easy hike around the lake. From here we hiked to Bierstadt Lake, but there...More

Thank 83BenS
Reviewed December 5, 2017 via mobile

Find another spot to see the mountains. Stop by the visitors center and ask for suggestions. . there are many right now that do not require microspikes. This one really does....not kinding. Saw two healthy hikers take some hard hits to the head on the...More

Thank Brigetta A
Reviewed November 27, 2017

We were there a week before Thanksgiving and the trip added something to be thankful for - the beautiful scenery at Bear Lake and the drive in. After a snowfall and a light freeze, the paths were snow covered and a little slippery, but still...More

Thank CaptnGphs
Reviewed November 18, 2017

When you travel here, make sure you download offline maps for your phone GPS, the service is quite spotty around here and you will end up in areas where there is no data service at all. We drove here and proceeded to the parking lot...More

Thank 542bernadettew
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

We took trail route from glacier gorge parking lot(.5mile)away. Make sure you have snow gears else be ready to get flat multiple times

Thank Gurunath C
Reviewed November 17, 2017

Wow this lake is so clear and pristine. Beautiful scenery and a great place for pictures. Surrounded by the mountains. The drive up was easy and there was plenty of parking. You could choose to hike all the way around the lake or just hike...More

Thank TonyaR434
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December 25, 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
You can not stand up paddle on Bear Lake. From RMNP's official fishing brochure, here is the information on watercraft. "Float tubes and other non-motorized watercraft are allowed on all lakes except Bear Lake; all vessels... More
October 18, 2017|
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Response from WanderlustSydney123 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The only issue that I can think of is the snow fall up in the mountains by December and some of the roads in the park maybe closed by then. It's a fairly easy walk but the weather concerns me.
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