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
Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $134
Duration: 8 hours
Bear Lake reviews
GET THERE EARLY! My family of 6 (4 kids ages 10, 8, 6, 4) did very much like this hike. However, we arrived around 9am and the trailhead parking lot was full (expected, I heard it was full at 7am... more »
A perfect location for a short hike. The walk around the lake is only 3, 200'. Very friendly and informative park staff. Well organized parking and facilities. 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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