The second-largest natural freshwater lake in Colorado, Bear Lake has been nicknamed Caribbean of the Rockies because of the piercing turquoise color of its water. Limestone deposits reflecting in the water are the cause of the distinctive blue color of this 250,000-year-old lake. This lake and its surrounding area offer recreational activities year-round, from fly-fishing and Jet-Skiing in the water, to skiing on the snowy nearby slopes in the colder months. You can also spot plenty of wildlife and birds here, and the area is known for its raspberries. To visit Bear Lake on your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker.
Tours to Bear Lake
$139 BOOK WITH VIATOR Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
Duration: 8 hours
$135 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Sunset Photo Safari in RMNP - Estes Park - Opts: Landscape or Wildlife
Duration: 4 hours
Bear Lake reviews
The lake is frozen as of April 2nd restrooms are disgusting they smell really bad it’s very slippery be careful more »
We were not sure what to expect when we arrived as this was the middle of March and there was several inches of fresh snow. Hoping to see the lake but instead it was frozen over and snow covered... more »
Family camping trip and this place is gorgeous and Awesome! Toilets well maintained
Awesome family friendly hike around the lake with several great picture spots and places to explore.
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