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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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  • Wow! Such a beautiful hike and an even more rewarding view. The hike can be a little strenuous but it isn’t incredibly long so just be prepared if you aren’t the most athletic. Once you get to the top...  more »
  • This lake is accessible by a moderately difficult trail and is totally worth the climb. There is no bathroom available at the top (understandably) but the rest stop at the beginning of the trail does ...  more »
  • It was slow going but we made it to the lake. Take your time. It is not for the faint of heart. It takes an honest effort to make the hike  more »
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  • A popular, gorgeous hike any time of the year. The hike is short and steep (and at altitude), but worth the valley views and lake pictures at the top. Be sure to be prepared if you start late on the day. In the winter, plan on an ice-packed trail from all the crowds. Crampons or equivalent very much recommended. Definitely a hike to see if you are just passing by!
  • Beauty at its best when hiked at the right point of the year. This waterfall adds to top 10 beautiful places to visit in Colorado. Loved the hike as well
  • Its only worth your time going if you're willing to be at the parking lot at 5m.... so that you're one of the few people up there so that you can have a little peace and quiet. There is not enough parking. This place is insanely busy.
  • Amazing place! Words don't do it justice and the hike isn't long, but can be difficult as it's steep in places and has ice during winter months so bring crampons! Parking is limited so arrive early and beat the traffic and crowds. Also, dogs are not allowed on the trail or in the parking lot, so leave your furry friend at home for this hike. I encourage everyone to check out the rules and suggestions before going to this site, as it's fragile ecosystem is easily destroyed by careless and irresponsible hikers. As always, Leave No Trace!!!
  • Great hike. I wish they had the sign in different languages, I noticed ppl touching the water and I know that’s not good for the water... there’s another waterfall a little further up the hill from the hanging Lake bench at the top. :)
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