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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Pretty lake

Rocky Mountain National Park is beautiful and it's great they gave facilities for almost anyone so... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Edmond, Oklahoma
via mobile
Easy and Beautiful Walk, But VERY Crowded in Summer

I hiked the Bear Lake loop with my family consisting of 2 adults and 2 small children. It was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Rocky Mountain National Park is beautiful and it's great they gave facilities for almost anyone so an average rating may be unfair. Bear lake is pretty and the path around it is easy for families or anyone with physical challenges. That being said, it can...More

Thank WkndrTom
Reviewed 5 days ago

I hiked the Bear Lake loop with my family consisting of 2 adults and 2 small children. It was definitely a must-see, which accounts for the huge numbers of people there. We visited in early July and noted the signs that were up by 9:30...More

Thank brightestblue
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The first time we tried to get to Bear Lake ... around 8:30..the parking was so congested that the Rangers blocked the road and said we had to return to Estes and take the shuttle bus....so we returned the next day at 7:30 and got...More

Thank loves2travel75
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our second visit here in the spring. The first time it was an easy hike around the lake, this time we arrived after a BIG late season snow storm so it was a little more work to walk the trail with out proper...More

Thank gardenmomof2
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I visited here while in the Denver area on business. It is a long drive out to Bear Lake and the lake itself is pretty average. It is only a few hundred feet from the parking lot so if you have a disability access would...More

Thank Geof J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rocky Mountain is a must visit in Colorado and your visit isnt complete without visiting Bear lake. :-) Beautiful lake with stunning views. you can walk around the lake and take pictures.

Thank AJNY1983
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bear Lake is very family friendly as it is a short flat mile hike around a beautiful lake. There are several longer hikes that branch off from Bear Lake that are very, very nice hikes but do add miles and elevation to your hike. Be...More

1  Thank AlexanderDelarge
Reviewed 1 week ago

Turn left after the starting bridge and you'll take a 3.5 mile round-trip hike that visits several lakes. A number of step/climbs are included in this otherwise moderate hike, but plenty of young children managed to complete it. That is also the only knock against...More

Thank winetast3
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent about 2 hours playing around Bear Lake and walking the nature trail. The kids loved it (6 and 9) and we were able to push my mom to the lake Lookout in a wheelchair while we walked around it. The rangers were awesome...More

Thank Chay R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bear Lake is one of the major attractions in the Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a fine experience. The road to the lake is rather long and winding. The parking lot is often filled to capacity. The best idea is to come early and...More

Thank Doc-Rocketman
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28 March 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
Depending on when you plan to visit, the closest campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park are Glacier Basin and Moraine Park. Aspenglen would be another option in RMNP. Do a Google Search for RMNP campgrounds and you... More
18 March 2017|
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Response from fv1989 |
In case another person sees this, the trail around Bear Lake had about 60 inches of snow on the ground on March 16. That amount of accumulated snow is normal in winter and early spring. Sneakers are NOT adequate because... More
Tallon V
9 August 2016|
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Response from Laura3420 | Reviewed this property |
HI, I'm pretty sure dogs are not allowed on trails in RMNP. I thought I read that somewhere before our trip. And, I didn't see anything about swimming at Bear Lake.