Sprague Lake; An Easy Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Sprague Lake is a thirteen acre lake located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake is perched at 8,200 ft. (2,500 meters) above sea level near the continental divide.
The hike around Sprague Lake is an easy 1/2 mile walk with exceptional views. The path is flat, wide, and well maintained. The trailhead is easily accessible via the Bear Lake Road. To the west multiple peaks of more than 12,000 ft. can be seen. Trout are visible in the clear mountain water and birds and deer can be spotted in the surrounding area.

Sprague Lake, Colorado

Before the area was made a national park in 1915, the lake was a resort owned by mountain guide Abner Sprague.

Sign at the trailhead about the former resort at Sprague Lake, Colorado

Sign at the trailhead about the former resort at Sprague Lake

A bird at Sprague Lake in Colorado

The trail at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

The trail at Sprague Lake in Colorado

the view across Spague Lake in Colorado

Pier and mountains at Sprague Lake in Colorado

Looking west towards the dock at Sprague Lake and the peaks of the continental divide in the distance

frozen Sprague Lake in Colorado's Rocky Mountains

Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

The frozen Sprague Lake in Colorado

A buck on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

A deer beside the Bear Lake Road near Sprague Lake

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