EN - Things To Do

You Can Discover A Fairy Lake In Colorado Filled With Hundreds Of Dreamy Lily Pads

Too bad the lily pads aren't bigger...they'd be great floaties.

If you've been wishing on stars for an adventure worthy of Peter Pan's Neverland, then get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Nymph Lake in Colorado looks like something straight from a fairytale and is a whimsical spot for an afternoon of exploration. You can wander the banks and glimpse tiny lilypads that exude a wonderfully magical touch.

If you believe stunning jade lakes are dreamy, this spot is the perfect way to pass a day in nature.

Nymph Lake is nestled in the Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado.

You can hike Bear Lake Trail to reach the basin, which is filled with pond lilies that drift across the jade waters.

The hike is only one-mile roundtrip, but you will feel like you've flown to Neverland on trails of pixie dust as you wander along the water's edge.

In spring and summer after the snow melts, the pond explodes with gorgeous gold blooms that sit atop the pads, giving the area an even more whimsical effect.

The waterlilies sit peacefully on the surface, reminiscent to some tiny fairy village in a storybook.

From there, you can continue along to Emerald Lake, which is just under four miles round-trip, or stop for a picnic under the alpine trees of the forest.

The trail is fairly easy to traverse and will let you explore the surrounding areas, including Bear Lake which sits on the opposite side of the trail.

There is a parking lot near the trailhead, but it fills up quickly. An additional lot can be found at Bierstadt Trailhead, and from there you can grab a shuttle up to the area.

Entry to the park is $25 per vehicle.

You can explore this lush lake filled with impish pond lilies and forest green waters for a dreamlike experience. It feels closer to a fantastical storybook land than anything from this world.

Nymph Lake

Price: $25

When: Year-round

Address: Bear Lake Loop Trail, Estes Park, CO

Why You Need To Go: This lake is perfectly named for its pixie-like lilypads that cover the surface of the jade-green waters.

Website

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.