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Sprague Lake Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.8 mi Elevation gain 32 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Fishing

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Walking

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Getting There

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. Easy half-mile walk around Sprague Lake (elevation 8,700 feet). Even has benches to sit and reflect from or watch fisherman catch fish. Great views all around of surrounding peaks and the Continental Divide at the far end of the lake, which also has large boulders, great for climbing. Boardwalks and bridges have been built over the marshy western side of the lake to take you back to the parking lot. Shallow, 13-acre lake was part of a resort once owned by Abner Sprague, an expert guide and host. Just before Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915, Sprague dammed the far end to create better fishing for his lodge guests.

Ample parking; an accessible backcountry camping site is located in the area. Located on Bear Lake Road, one mile west of the Park and Ride shuttle bus parking lot (bathrooms available). Several benches and viewpoints.

Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 Highway 36 Estes Park, CO 80517-8397 Visitor Information 970-586-1206 (Daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time, recorded information after hours) Trail Ridge Road Information Recorded Message 970-586-1222 (available 24 hours a day, updated when conditions and/or road status change) Backcountry Office 970-586-1242 Lost & Found (Backcountry Office) 970-586-1242 Campground Reservations 877-444-6777 In an Emergency, contact the park's dispatch center at 970-586-1203

Located on Bear Lake Road, one mile west of the Park and Ride shuttle bus parking lot. About 9 miles from Beaver Meadows, 3.5 mi. from Bear Lake.

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Tim Stoinski
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Hiking

Great place for an early morning walk around the lake. Beautiful back drop of the mountains.

Kimberly Walker
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Hiking

This was a beautiful little hike. We were there Memorial Day weekend in 2019. On our way to the hike it was sleeting. Shortly after we started the hike, the sleet turned into snow. Once we made the circle we came across a wedding. It was like something out of a movie. I would love to go back.

Sara Blessing
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Hiking

A lovely trail! We walked this trail yesterday. It was very accessible, the scenery was absolutely beautiful, and this is a trail that is friendly for all people. We walked it with 3-yr. old twins, and although we didn't use our BOB double stroller, it would have been stroller friendly. Highlight of this trail - we saw a bull moose eating right next to the lake!! Absolutely incredible to see! There are benches frequently along the trail, and there are bathrooms and picnic tables near the trailhead! Enjoy - this trail is worth your time!

Rob Campbell
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Walking

Easy, short trail. We went after dinner to watch the sunset. It was gorgeous to watch from the East side of the lake. The fly-fishers made it even more scenic. Epic pictures!

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Nicole Leatherby
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Hiking

This trail was a short, easy way to start off the morning - only 3/4 of a mile. It was breathtaking! You get a new amazing view with every turn of the path!

Christian Perez
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beautiful trail. saw multiple newly weds taking photos and moose in the lake. they have good amount of parking and plenty picnic tables

Julie Wager
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Hiking

Beautiful, easy, flat loop around the lake. We went about 3 pm and were able to see a moose with her calf eating in the lake. It was majestic!

Steven North
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Hiking

A nice relaxing and easy hike around the lake. I saw a moose and her calf drinking from a little pond near the lake. The whole trail is wheelchair accessible and has some lovely views.

Benjamin Platter
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Hiking

Sprague Lake trail starts with a bridge over a small stream. Very busy trail w all ages. Shallow lake, did not have any fishing success. An easy, nice flat walk (not really a hike).

Israel Becerra
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Walking

Quick and a beautiful easy walk.

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Jeff Albright
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Hiking

Nice little trail around the lake. Good way to walk off the picnic lunch after hiking up to Emerald lake this morning

KC Sutherland
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Hiking

Took this walk at night with family. The lake is gorgeous in the morning, but even at night it was a beautiful walk. No animals in sight, unfortunately, but short and easy and fun.

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Charles Kasper
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Hiking

Good family hike into RMNP.

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Tyler Jensen
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Pretty and Easy trail.

Courtney Jackson
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HikingMuddy

Trail had some muddy spots from the lake surge from snow melt; but a very easy walk at elevation. Gorgeous reflections on a clear day! Third trip today- elk all three times, today a momma and calf moose playing in the water! Go early!

Kylie K.
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Hiking

Easy. Gorgeous. Saw fish in creek and perfect spot to view mountains across lake.

Zoraida Arbelo
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Easy beginner hike!

Trent Schmidt
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Brittany Schmidt
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I love this trail. I’ve walked it three times now. I am severely over weight and out of shape and Even with the ice and snow I completed the walk in less than an hour. As long as you follow the tracks you should be mostly fine. I did step in snow up to my knee twice. However, I highly recommend spikes on your shoes for this time of year. The rest of the year the trail is easy to follow and very comfortable with a good chance at seeing local wildlife.

Brenna Strassburg-Skinner
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Laura Totleben
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HikingIcySnow

Today the walk was a bit icy. Most used sticks or spikes. We did fine with hiking boots.

Therese Lewis
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HikingIcySnow

Easy hike, fairly crowded on a holiday weekend. Great views of Hallett peak.

Jon Rudolph
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HikingIcy

Fun little trail we choose because it's a more open lake for moonlight hike and fire rings at the trail head. not as much snow as hoped to encounter. As with all RMNP designated trails, the snow is packed and icy from the large number of users. Crampons are an optional help, if needed. We had clear skies, 15°F temps, high sustained winds and -15 wind chill. Good little hike as warm up to Bear Lake Hike/Snowshoeing

Michael Turnbull
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Hiking

This was a great winter walk with my in-laws. The trail was packed snow and fine with regular hiking shoes though walking sticks were helpful for the more elderly among us. Beautiful views of the mountains over the snow covered lake.

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