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Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs
(4.8/5 based on 420 reviews on the web)
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. Using our international travel planner, Glenwood Springs attractions like Hanging Lake can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This hike had its steep moments but it is easy and safe. We just packed a couple bottles of water. Great spot for pic. Up and back with some minimal resting at the top took about 1.5 hours. Do yoursel...  more »
  • We've heard if you plan to go on the weekend, plan to go before 10 AM, to get a parking spot. We came here on a Friday, getting to the parking lot at 11:20 AM. There were a few spots open. *This is NO...  more »
  • IF you start early, you can get into the parking area! If not, there's quite a wait. The hike is moderate with loose rock at times. Lots of folks on the trail but worth it once you arrive at the lake! 
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  • It was a great family experience, very long hike but was worth every minute of it. Very beautiful view every way you looked. Had an amazing time on a nature walk. Make sure you have water and some hiking shoes when you go. A walking stick would be a great help to.
  • We were the crazy people with a 1 and 3 year old on this trail today. We carried our 1 year old the whole way and our 3 year old did about half. Totally worth it!!! The view was incredible. Make sure you go to the left behind the waterfall at the top. Bring plenty of water. If you have young kids, expect to carry them at least part ways. There are several steep parts.
  • Did this hike today, it's no joke! Water, proper shoes and a back pack to carry your stuff. It was a 3.5 hour adventure for us, definitely worth it at the top!
  • You should not even try to rate this experience, it is off the 5 star scale. Be ready for an intense hike not far but extreme incline. Stretch out, take breaks, and know this is not for anyone without a lot of strength to go up and come down. Worth every bit of effort and one of the most beautiful places I've been. Sad to see plastic water bottles at the waterfall, really people lets try to keep our world beautiful.
  • Although we were turned away from here during the weekend, we were able to get a spot without any planning later in the week on our way back through Colorado. The lot was packed, but the trail is large enough to not run into others incredibly often. Of course, it's moderately traveled, but we weren't hiking up in lines. The trail is moderate. I can understand why some people may tackle it not knowing what they're getting into. There's a lot of elevation and there are a few spots that might be a bit strenuous for casual hikers, but nothing was so difficult that I could imagine anyone in decent shape with the right kind of footwear couldn't tackle. I can't state this enough - Hanging Lake, while beautiful, wasn't as exciting to me as Spouting Rock - it's only a quarter mile of additional hiking and you can walk behind a beautiful waterfall spouting from a rockface.