There is perhaps no more scenic pond in the country than Sky Pond, sitting tucked away at 10,900 feet above sea level in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sky Pond has attracted hikers, photographers, and adventures for many years thanks to its location amidst the high-altitude mountains of Colorado.

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Laura Kottlowski skates on the ice of 10,900-foot Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday, March 13, 2016. Kottlowski hiked the nine miles to the alpine lake to figure skate on the glass-like ice. Kottlowski says skating on the high alpine lakes can be like first tracks on a powder day at a ski area. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

People often visit year round, even daring to cross the ice that forms on top of Sky Pond during colder months of the year.

This alpine lake is located in a basin surrounded by sheer cliffs, including the famous granite spires of the Sharkstooth.

If you really want a great view, get to Sky Pond for the sunrise. Photo Credit: Chris Ruemenapp.

There are also two 13,000 foot mountains in the vicinity, Taylor Peak and Powell Peak.

The trail to access Sky Pond starts at the Glacier Gorge trailhead and is nine miles round trip, gaining 1,780 feet of elevation. Consider this a strenuous route.

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