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Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs

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#2 of 9 in Parks in Glenwood Springs
Visit Hanging Lake and surround yourself with some of Colorado's spectacular natural wonders. The turquoise-colored lake lies at the end of one of the state's most scenic and popular hiking trails. From the trailhead to the lake the hike follows the Dead Horse Creek along approximately 1.9 km (1.2 mi) of terrain with a slight incline. Even though the hike is not too taxing and features resting areas and handrails, be sure to wear proper shoes and bring enough water. The lake's delicate ecosystem is under protection, so fishing, swimming, and littering are strictly prohibited, and pets must be leashed near the lake or on the hiking trail. With our international travel planner, Glenwood Springs attractions like Hanging Lake can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • September 28, 2017
    I can see why this hike is so popular. it ranks right up there with the best hikes I have ever done. The reward at the end is well worth the hike. However, I would rate this hike as difficult for seni...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    This was a fantastic hike. Short but steep. 1,096 ft. elevation gain in just over a mile. Met very many friendly people on the trail. The trail was free from any litter of any kind which was pretty am...  more »
  • September 8, 2017
    This is THE easy-moderate hike in the Glenwood Springs area. The lake is amazing. The problem is people, oh so many people, so of course parking can also be a huge problem. A new management plan is in...  more »

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