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
$266 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private day tour from Denver to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Duration: 9 hours
Bear Lake reviews
Second time here, and again perfect winter wonderland views! COLD and beautiful, we walked ON the lake this time, as it was completely frozen over. First time for me!!! What gorgeous views! A must!!! more »
If you go mid week in the winter there seemed to be ample parking (unlike other times of the year). Bear Lake itself is very easy to access but the best views are up the trail at Dream Lake and... 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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