Best lakes in Estes Park

Check out the top lakes in Estes Park, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
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426 local reviews
Rocky Mountain National Park
+1 970-586-1206
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Dakota
A FULL DAY’S TRIP. 71 miles west of Denver on Hwy. 36. Colorado's No. 1 attraction, Rocky Mountain National…
Melissa
71 miles west of Denver on Hwy. 36 Colorado's No. 1 attraction, Rocky Mountain National Park, offers an…
Melissa
Even if you are not interested in hiking, consider driving to the peak of Trail Ridge Road once it open is…
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
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426 local reviews
Rocky Mountain National Park
+1 970-586-1206
Dakota
Dakota
A FULL DAY’S TRIP. 71 miles west of Denver on Hwy. 36. Colorado's No. 1 attraction, Rocky Mountain National Park, offers an unforgettable…
Melissa
Melissa
71 miles west of Denver on Hwy. 36 Colorado's No. 1 attraction, Rocky Mountain National Park, offers an unforgettable trip into the heart of…
Melissa
Melissa
Even if you are not interested in hiking, consider driving to the peak of Trail Ridge Road once it open is late June/early July. Covering…
2. Grand Lake
2. Grand Lake
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54 local reviews
Grand Lake, Grand Lake
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Patty
Located at the headwaters of the Colorado River and situated on the shores of Grand Lake, Colorado's largest…
Kevin
Grand Lake is the deepest natural lake in Colorado, and the most beautiful. Lake Granby is adjacent to it…
Erica
Stunning lakeside town surrounded by the rocky mountains, just 40-minutes from Fraser. It has a wonderful…
2. Grand Lake
2. Grand Lake
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54 local reviews
Grand Lake, Grand Lake
Patty
Patty
Located at the headwaters of the Colorado River and situated on the shores of Grand Lake, Colorado's largest natural body of water, the…
Kevin
Kevin
Grand Lake is the deepest natural lake in Colorado, and the most beautiful. Lake Granby is adjacent to it. There is a quaint little town…
Erica
Erica
Stunning lakeside town surrounded by the rocky mountains, just 40-minutes from Fraser. It has a wonderful promenade to walk down - enjoy the…
3. Horsetooth Reservoir
3. Horsetooth Reservoir
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102 local reviews
Horsetooth Reservoir
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Bethany
Beautiful view of the lake, city, and mountains. You can rent a boat to go out on the water for the day, or…
Katharine
Visit the small beach on a hot day, lots of day spots for bbq and playing in the lake. Stand up Paddleboarding…
Josh
Horsetooth Reservoir is a beautiful lake with many places to hike. With its location at the base of the…
3. Horsetooth Reservoir
3. Horsetooth Reservoir
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102 local reviews
Horsetooth Reservoir
Bethany
Bethany
Beautiful view of the lake, city, and mountains. You can rent a boat to go out on the water for the day, or hike to the Horsetooth falls. …
Katharine
Katharine
Visit the small beach on a hot day, lots of day spots for bbq and playing in the lake. Stand up Paddleboarding rentals available. Close and…
Josh
Josh
Horsetooth Reservoir is a beautiful lake with many places to hike. With its location at the base of the foothills, it is easy to access by…
4. Monarch Lake
4. Monarch Lake
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13 local reviews
Monarch Lake
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Ali & Mike
Monarch Lake is located outside the northwestern boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area, only a few…
Kristina
We love going to Monarch lake for all kinds of activities. We will go hiking or fishing and have lunch, and…
Mimi
Monarch lake is a wonderful scenic hike good for many ability levels. You will hike about 4 miles around the…
4. Monarch Lake
4. Monarch Lake
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13 local reviews
Monarch Lake
Ali & Mike
Ali & Mike
Monarch Lake is located outside the northwestern boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area, only a few miles from Grand Lake and Rocky…
Kristina
Kristina
We love going to Monarch lake for all kinds of activities. We will go hiking or fishing and have lunch, and have seen people out in kayaks…
Mimi
Mimi
Monarch lake is a wonderful scenic hike good for many ability levels. You will hike about 4 miles around the lake, with minimal elevation…
5. Benson Sculpture Garden
5. Benson Sculpture Garden
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34 local reviews
1125 W 29th St, Loveland
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 970-962-2327
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Joetta
Loveland is the home to the largest outdoor sculpture festival in the nation that meets every August. (The…
Ellen
Loveland parks are full of whimsical, beautiful and unique sculptures. Spend an hour or more wandering the…
Julie
Outdoor sculpture meanders adjacent to wetlands and North Lake Park/Lake Loveland. Contemplative. Great place…
5. Benson Sculpture Garden
5. Benson Sculpture Garden
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34 local reviews
1125 W 29th St, Loveland
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 970-962-2327
Joetta
Joetta
Loveland is the home to the largest outdoor sculpture festival in the nation that meets every August. (The Invitational: I was actually one…
Ellen
Ellen
Loveland parks are full of whimsical, beautiful and unique sculptures. Spend an hour or more wandering the serene paths around the small…
Julie
Julie
Outdoor sculpture meanders adjacent to wetlands and North Lake Park/Lake Loveland. Contemplative. Great place for a conversation or stroll…
6. Bear Lake Trailhead
6. Bear Lake Trailhead
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11 local reviews
Bear Lake Road, Estes Park
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Mark
The Bear Lake Loop trail is the best of the three easy level trails around a mountain lake in Rocky Mountain…
Adin
I actually recommend avoiding Bear Lake unless you go during a mid-week day or in the off season. On weekends,…
Nathan
A great starting point for many adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park. There's a flat trail around the…
6. Bear Lake Trailhead
6. Bear Lake Trailhead
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11 local reviews
Bear Lake Road, Estes Park
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Mark
Mark
The Bear Lake Loop trail is the best of the three easy level trails around a mountain lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Located at the…
Adin
Adin
I actually recommend avoiding Bear Lake unless you go during a mid-week day or in the off season. On weekends, especially holiday weekends,…
Nathan
Nathan
A great starting point for many adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park. There's a flat trail around the lake for a leisurely stroll with…
7. Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake Entrance
7. Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake Entrance
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39 local reviews
Trail Ridge Rd, Grand Lake
+1 970-586-1513
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Ali & Mike
Just 5 minutes from your cabin sits RMNP, one of the most spectacular and popular national parks in the US…
Deb
The West entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park resides in the town of Grand Lake. There you can hike, rent…
Matt & Shea
A bit of a drive to Grand Lake but well worth it. You can drive into Estes Park or pull off on many of their…
7. Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake Entrance
7. Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake Entrance
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39 local reviews
Trail Ridge Rd, Grand Lake
+1 970-586-1513
Ali & Mike
Ali & Mike
Just 5 minutes from your cabin sits RMNP, one of the most spectacular and popular national parks in the US. 416 sq miles in size,…
Deb
Deb
The West entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park resides in the town of Grand Lake. There you can hike, rent boats, snowmobile or just…
Matt & Shea
Matt & Shea
A bit of a drive to Grand Lake but well worth it. You can drive into Estes Park or pull off on many of their hiking trails to enjoy nature…
8. Estes Park
8. Estes Park
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107 local reviews
Estes Park, Estes Park
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Jill & Britt
Gorgeous views and amazing trails!! Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the easiest-to-use parks in the…
Debra
One of the most beautiful parks in our National Park system. Again...only 90 minutes..drive up 1-25 to HWY…
Katharine
This is about 1 1/2 hour drive. You could spend an entire day here. The wildlife is abundant and there are…
8. Estes Park
8. Estes Park
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107 local reviews
Estes Park, Estes Park
Jill & Britt
Jill & Britt
Gorgeous views and amazing trails!! Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the easiest-to-use parks in the national park system and it…
Debra
Debra
One of the most beautiful parks in our National Park system. Again...only 90 minutes..drive up 1-25 to HWY 36...watch out for cyclists...and…
Katharine
Katharine
This is about 1 1/2 hour drive. You could spend an entire day here. The wildlife is abundant and there are several waterfalls and lakes. It…
9. Miyauchi's Snack Bar
9. Miyauchi's Snack Bar
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9 local reviews
1029 Lake Ave, Grand Lake
Open · Closes 8:30 PM
(970) 627-9319
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Alexandra
Small walk up burger joint of times past. Amazing views of lake and great out door seating area. The ice cream…
Ali & Mike
Perfect spot on the lake for a scoop of homemade ice cream or a snack! $
9. Miyauchi's Snack Bar
9. Miyauchi's Snack Bar
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9 local reviews
1029 Lake Ave, Grand Lake
Open · Closes 8:30 PM
(970) 627-9319
Alexandra
Alexandra
Small walk up burger joint of times past. Amazing views of lake and great out door seating area. The ice cream is homemade and comes in lots…
Ali & Mike
Ali & Mike
Perfect spot on the lake for a scoop of homemade ice cream or a snack! $
10. Grand Lake Marina
10. Grand Lake Marina
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8 local reviews
1246 Lake Ave, Grand Lake
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 970-627-9273
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Ali & Mike
Located on the shores of Grand Lake, Colorado the historic Grand Lake Marina has been the reliable choice for…
Danielle
Grand Ave is the main street of Grand Lake. There's a playground for the kids, all sorts of shops,…
Rob And Pam
Take a boat out for the day and check out the historic homes on the shore of the lake.
10. Grand Lake Marina
10. Grand Lake Marina
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8 local reviews
1246 Lake Ave, Grand Lake
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 970-627-9273
Ali & Mike
Ali & Mike
Located on the shores of Grand Lake, Colorado the historic Grand Lake Marina has been the reliable choice for lake recreation since 1955…
Danielle
Danielle
Grand Ave is the main street of Grand Lake. There's a playground for the kids, all sorts of shops, restaurants & ice cream. Walking along…
Rob And Pam
Rob And Pam
Take a boat out for the day and check out the historic homes on the shore of the lake.
11. Lake Estes
11. Lake Estes
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8 local reviews
Lake Estes
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Dick - Liz
Good trail around the lake it is approximately 3.5 miles. There are usually elk and deer grazing in the…
Joe And Kari
Enjoy a leisurely 4 mile walk or bike ride around Lake Estes on the paved path just across N St Vrain Ave from…
Pam
Beautiful, iconic lake in downtown Estes with attached marina offering day boat and bike rentals and fishing…
11. Lake Estes
11. Lake Estes
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8 local reviews
Lake Estes
Dick - Liz
Dick - Liz
Good trail around the lake it is approximately 3.5 miles. There are usually elk and deer grazing in the meadows and on the golf course.
Joe And Kari
Joe And Kari
Enjoy a leisurely 4 mile walk or bike ride around Lake Estes on the paved path just across N St Vrain Ave from our house.
Pam
Pam
Beautiful, iconic lake in downtown Estes with attached marina offering day boat and bike rentals and fishing options.
12. Blue Water Bakery
12. Blue Water Bakery
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9 local reviews
928 Grand Avenue, Grand Lake
Open · Closes in 14 minutes
+1 970-627-5416
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Ali & Mike
Lovely breads, pastries and breakfast options! Enjoy your breakfast inside or at one of the several bistro…
12. Blue Water Bakery
12. Blue Water Bakery
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9 local reviews
928 Grand Avenue, Grand Lake
Open · Closes in 14 minutes
+1 970-627-5416
Ali & Mike
Ali & Mike
Lovely breads, pastries and breakfast options! Enjoy your breakfast inside or at one of the several bistro tables outside, or you can stroll…