Sprague Lake
Sprague Lake
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  • Susan M
    Pennington, New Jersey67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy, Relaxing, Beautiful
    Easy flat hike around a lovely lake with amazing views. There's a nice picnic area next to the parking lot. Parking is tight so get there early if you want to get a spot. Otherwise you'll need to take the park shuttle from a larger parking area. It's in the Bear Lake Corridor, so check the RMNP website for timed entry passes. Some hours you need timed entry to get into the park itself, but then there are other hours where you need an additional timed entry pass to enter the Bear Lake area of the park, where Sprague Lake is.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,671 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake and flat trail
    We walked around the lake. It is a flat, wide trail. We saw lots of wildlife. Deer, elk, geese, 5 moose, birds. People were fishing from the shore. Restrooms are available near the parking lot. We came right before sunset and that was a great time to view wildlife. Plus, we did not have a reserved time for park entry, so we waited until 6 pm to enter the Bear Lake area. We stayed for over an hour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • KellyH
    Madison, Wisconsin35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family friendly, breathtaking hike
    We decided on the Sprague Lake trail for our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park after getting the recommendation from my sister, who’s a local. It was perfect for our two young kids who are still working on stamina. The trail was also very even, which was great for my daughter who struggles with physical coordination. The trail loops around a lake, with stunning views of the mountains and close up views of beautiful flowers. Highly highly recommend for families of young kids! There is also a big picnic area, although we did not use it. You should be aware that you do need to order a timed entry pass online ahead of time to gain access to this area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • BATC1
    Galveston, Indiana63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing stop
    We were able to find parking here at 3:30 despite the Bear Lake corridor entrance saying there wasn’t any parking when we entered around 12:20. It was a short walk from the parking area along a nice little stream. A storm was coming in so we didn’t stay long.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Lynn Deanna A
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Lake
    Great hike for our 3 & 4 year olds. They were redoing some of the trail, so we were not able to go all the way around, so backtracked and added to the hike. Very pretty lake and nice path around it with several areas to stop along the way.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • jbwhitehouse
    Dallas, Texas1,845 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely picnic and walking area
    We drove to Sprague Lake. There we enjoyed lunch at one of the many, large picnic tables. Walking around Sprague Lake is lovely with numerous places to sit and enjoy the environment. There is some repair construction, which precludes making a full loop around the lake.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Lee G
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    We were told to come early morning or late afternoon to see the bull moose that frequents the lake. Early AM wasn't an option for the group, so we tried four different afternoon/evenings and never saw him. Ducks, chipmunks and field mice were spotted. But it is a beautiful area and a flat level wide path for a nice walk and beautiful photos if there's no wind and the surface of the lake is flat for reflections. Fishermen nearby caught/released small trout. The path is currently under construction (the right side as you enter from the parking lot) so you have to walk partway and return on each side.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Richard N
    Stroud, United Kingdom446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake with stunning views
    At the advice of a Ranger at Bear Lake we had a picnic lunch at Sprague Lake where there must be 30+ tables and plenty of parking. From the car park it's a short walk to the lake itself and then a half hour walk around it. The views are stunning on a clear day and we were lucky enough to see a yearling moose wading in the lake too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • angeleyes27
    Brigantine, New Jersey5,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Lake with nice trail. I like it better than Bear Lake
    This lake is on the Bear Lake Corridor section of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is named for Abner Sprague who built his home here in 1874 and operated Sprague Lake Lodge here from 1910-40. It has an almost 1 mile trail around it that is flat and easy. We saw moose fairly close here. There are several nice mountain peaks you can see from the lake. I actually like this better than Bear Lake. It is not as crowded and there are usually parking spaces available.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This lake is on the Bear Lake Corridor section of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is named for Abner Sprague who built his home here in 1874 and operated Sprague Lake Lodge here from 1910-40. It has an almost 1 mile trail around it that is flat and easy. We saw moose fairly close here. There are several nice mountain peaks you can see from the lake. I actually like this better than Bear Lake. It is not as crowded and there are usually parking spaces available.
Written 26 February 2024
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pkh213
Fairfax, VA122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We walked the Sprague Lake Loop and it was beautiful as it has snowed the day before. It was so special to see Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter. It was awe inspiring.
Written 20 December 2023
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Richard N
Stroud, UK446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
At the advice of a Ranger at Bear Lake we had a picnic lunch at Sprague Lake where there must be 30+ tables and plenty of parking. From the car park it's a short walk to the lake itself and then a half hour walk around it.

The views are stunning on a clear day and we were lucky enough to see a yearling moose wading in the lake too.
Written 14 September 2023
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Lee G
Philadelphia, PA211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We were told to come early morning or late afternoon to see the bull moose that frequents the lake. Early AM wasn't an option for the group, so we tried four different afternoon/evenings and never saw him. Ducks, chipmunks and field mice were spotted. But it is a beautiful area and a flat level wide path for a nice walk and beautiful photos if there's no wind and the surface of the lake is flat for reflections. Fishermen nearby caught/released small trout. The path is currently under construction (the right side as you enter from the parking lot) so you have to walk partway and return on each side.
Written 6 September 2023
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We drove to Sprague Lake. There we enjoyed lunch at one of the many, large picnic tables. Walking around Sprague Lake is lovely with numerous places to sit and enjoy the environment. There is some repair construction, which precludes making a full loop around the lake.
Written 22 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lynn Deanna A
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Great hike for our 3 & 4 year olds. They were redoing some of the trail, so we were not able to go all the way around, so backtracked and added to the hike. Very pretty lake and nice path around it with several areas to stop along the way.
Written 14 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BATC1
Galveston, IN63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We were able to find parking here at 3:30 despite the Bear Lake corridor entrance saying there wasn’t any parking when we entered around 12:20. It was a short walk from the parking area along a nice little stream. A storm was coming in so we didn’t stay long.
Written 25 July 2023
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KellyH
Madison, WI35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We decided on the Sprague Lake trail for our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park after getting the recommendation from my sister, who’s a local. It was perfect for our two young kids who are still working on stamina. The trail was also very even, which was great for my daughter who struggles with physical coordination. The trail loops around a lake, with stunning views of the mountains and close up views of beautiful flowers. Highly highly recommend for families of young kids! There is also a big picnic area, although we did not use it. You should be aware that you do need to order a timed entry pass online ahead of time to gain access to this area.
Written 24 July 2023
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Cyndi O
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a beautiful man made lake in the National Park. It has a great picnic area with plenty of shade and fire grills. Bathrooms and a flat hike around the lake.
Written 10 July 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA4,671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We walked around the lake. It is a flat, wide trail. We saw lots of wildlife. Deer, elk, geese, 5 moose, birds. People were fishing from the shore. Restrooms are available near the parking lot. We came right before sunset and that was a great time to view wildlife. Plus, we did not have a reserved time for park entry, so we waited until 6 pm to enter the Bear Lake area. We stayed for over an hour.
Written 1 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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