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Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Easy hike, great views!

A no brainer, definite must do. Even if the sign says the lot is full, it is worth checking out... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2015
Beautiful with great walking path!

Just a short drive from entrance to RMNP - Bear Lake has an easy walking path that circles the lake... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2015
dallas, tx
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
(970) 586-1206
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

A no brainer, definite must do. Even if the sign says the lot is full, it is worth checking out the parking lot if you are feeling lucky, else take the bus, it is no problem. Bring your camera for so many scenic vistas. An...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

Just a short drive from entrance to RMNP - Bear Lake has an easy walking path that circles the lake and provides beautiful views and photo ops. A number of trails to other lakes can be accessed from the Bear Lake trailhead/parking lot. Park info...More

Thank solotouristDallas_Tx
Reviewed 19 September 2015

It is a easy short walk from the parking lot or shuttle stop. Great scenery.We took the shuttle because the Bear Lake parking lot was full. The free shuttle ride was easy and convenient.

Thank Denis C
Reviewed 18 September 2015

Rocky Mountain National Park (落磯山國家公園) was another major destination of our 41-day Wild West trip. Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915 and is located in the north-central region of Colorado, USA. The park celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year. It covers 1,075.5 km2...More

Thank jameshuang
Reviewed 18 September 2015

Bear Lake is always a favorite, since the trail around it is level and there is no elevation. It is very pretty with mountain views all around. There are water and latrenes in the parking area.

Thank Murphy5708
Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

Do yourself a favor & visit Bear Lake early in the day. Don't attempt to drive to the top. The lot fills up right after sunrise on the weekends. The bus to the top is very convenient and happens quite frequently. You can take the...More

Thank BaileyL99
Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

We took the Park and Ride up to Bear Lake hiked around the .5 easy mile around the lake. Then took the moderate 2 mile trail up to Bierstadt lake from there it is a moderste to difficult 1.5 miles down to the Park and...More

Thank Pat R
Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

This is a very easy hike about 1/2 mile in length. The mountain views with changing aspens is spectacular. We took the RMNP shuttle as the parking lot at Bear Lake was full by 11:00 a.m. The air was scented with pine as you walked...More

Thank hurricanemama
Reviewed 14 September 2015

This is a very nice walk. It took about a 1/2 hour to walk. It is very flat. It is at 9475 feet altitude. So if from flat lands and low altitude it is a nice one to get used to walking at altitude. The...More

Thank Mo M
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Lake was nice, but not that impressive. Hiking trail was easy. I visited on Labor Day weekend, so the park & ride lot was full. Had to park on the curb.

Thank Qian S
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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
17 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.