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Women hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Day Hikes in Estes Park with Kids: Sprague & Bear Lake

I recently visited Colorado with my two young kids, ages 4 1/2 and 6. When I travel, I try to find fun activities we can do as a family, all the while experiencing local flavor. We decided to do a couple of easy hikes so that we could all enjoy the beautiful outdoors that the state of Colorado has to offer. Two hikes recommended for youngsters by the NPS in Rocky Mountain National Park are Sprague Lake and Bear Lake. We did each of these hikes on separate days.

A Hike to Dream Lake - Summer in RMNP

The early morning was cool and breezy with the red light of dawn hitting Longs Peak. I couldn’t wait to get up closer and experience the mountains. I chose the iconic hike to Dream Lake as my destination.

Staying in the Moraine Park Campground, I got up early to catch the first Park Shuttle Bus to Bear Lake at 7:25am so that I didn’t need to park my car at the trailhead. By the time I had finished my hike, not only the Bear Lake parking area, but the huge Park and Ride at Glacier Basin were full of cars.