Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

#11 of 29 in Nature in Rocky Mountain National Park
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Dream Lake is a high alpine lake located in Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado, located east of the continental divide.

The lake is accessed via the popular Bear Lake trail head and is at the base of Hallett's Peak, and is well known for its stunning views caused by surrounding steep cliffs, and a popular destination for casual hiking.

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  • We visited during the winter season in Rocky Mountain so there was a ton of snow and it really made Dream Lake look like a dreamy winter wonderland. Even in winter, the hike was not difficult. (We...  more »
  • Dream Lake is the second of three lakes along the excellent Emerald Lake Trail in the Bear Lake section of the park, 1.1 miles (1.8k) from the trailhead and 0.6 miles (1.0k) beyond Nymph Lake. Dream....  more »
  • The best lake in Emerald lake trail. This lake has better/more beautiful view than Emerald lake.
  • Great destination for anyone visiting Rocky Mountain National Park from the Bear Lake trailhead. It is an easy hike on a good trail.

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