The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado boasts lush valleys and rugged peaks with elevations reaching up to 14,259 feet. Countless opportunities for recreation abound, including fishing, hiking and camping. You can find a variety of trout species in the alpine lakes along with the park's native greenback cutthroat and Colorado River cutthroat trout.
Sprague Lake is a shallow 13-acre lake that can be accessed from Bear Lake Road. Once a resort owned by an expert outdoors guide and host, it is now one of the open lakes in the Rocky Mountain National Park where you can find healthy populations of brook trout. It has an elevation of 8,200 feet and is one of the most accessible lakes in the park. A parking area is just yards away and you can walk a paved trail to get to the lake.
Loch Vale is one of the most idyllic and scenic lakes in the national park, according to Estes Park Mountain Shop. The lake is surrounded by mountain peaks and views of Andrews Glacier. You can fish for a variety of game fish including cutthroat trout, rainbow and brook trout. Loch Vale is also home to an abundant insect life that may require you to wear a head net on some occasions, but the insects also help fish populations thrive. You can access the lake from the Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead.
Mirror Lake is at the northern section of the Rocky Mountain National Park. This area has fewer trails and experiences less visitors, according to Estes Park Mountain Shop. This is a good area to fish if you prefer some solitude. You can find brook trout and brown trout in the lake. Access is available through the Corral Creek Trailhead.
Article Written By Rona Aquino
Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.