Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Sprague Lake is a scenic lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, located on the south side of Glacier Creek, about two miles south of the Hollowell turnoff. The half-mile walk around the lake is wheelchair accessible and features boardwalks and bridges with views of Flattop Mountain and Hallet Peak. The lake is popular for Brook trout fishing.
The area is named after Abner Sprague, who started a homestead there in 1874. Later, he opened a lodge for dude ranching, hunting, and fishing. To improve the fishing, he dammed the far end of the lake. The area became part of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915 and continued to serve guests as the Sprague Hotel. In 1919, guests paid $6.00 per room with a private bath, and $1.00 for regular meals. The hotel, which no longer exists, stood near the present-day parking lot.

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  • This was our first time to go to Sprague Lake. It is so beautiful, we went several times. If you go before 5:00 AM you can get in without a timed entry. We got up at 4:00 AM and drove into the park...  more »
  • I’ve hiked a lot of RMNP and have seen the usual collection of chipmunks, deer, etc. Sprague Lake was my first up close encounter with any wildlife of ‘significant’ size. (See picture). It created a.....  more »
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  • GORGEOUS beyond words - 3/4 mile walking path around Sprague Lake - potential to see elk, moose and various birds along the path

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