Bear Lake

There are many scenic locations to choose from around the lake, with benches for guests and large rocks to stand on. This view is on the north side of Bear Lake, looking towards Longs Peak.

Bear Lake is undoubtedly one of the most iconic locations in the park, with views of Longs Peak, Hallett Peak, and Thatchtop Mountain towering over the small lake. In the autumn, aspens will glow with colors on the north side of the lake. This area is very popular, so no weekend ceremonies are permitted at any time. You are likely to have other people in the area during your ceremony.

Max Ceremony Size: 20
Max Number of Vehicles:
Permits and Passes:
During the busy summer season, this location requires a Park Access + Timed Entry Reservation between 5 am and 6 pm.
Site Location:
11 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
Other Notes and Restrictions:
There are vault restrooms available by the parking lot. This location is very busy year-round. There are no weddings permitted at this location from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Indigenous Peoples’ Day. No weekend ceremonies at any time.