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Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs

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#2 of 9 in Parks in Glenwood Springs
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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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  • The Hanging Lake is so beautiful and so worth the hike. There are plenty of shady benches to just sit and relax. The only problem is I wish they had a restroom up there because it is a long hike. The ...  more »
  • As a couple in their 60's, we found this hike very doable. There are many places to rest, some parts of the trail are more strenuous than others due to steep inclines and having to climb up rock steps...  more »
  • I have to start with I am not a hiker nor exercise enthusiast just the average person. I am 5'3 and 145lbs. However, I seen numerous pictures of this place and chose to do this hike on my 34th Birthda...  more »

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Most of the places to stay in Glenwood Springs sit within walking distance of the Colorado River. The hot springs pool lies on the north bank of the river, as do many of the town's hotels. Most of the town, however, is on the south bank of the river, so choose a place here for better access to local services and entertainment. Accommodations in town range from bed and breakfasts to historical hotels to resorts. You'll also find numerous national chain hotels and vacation rentals in condominiums and private homes. If you're looking to ski at Aspen and stay in Glenwood Springs as a less-expensive lodging alternative, inquire at local hotels about accommodation-and-lift-ticket packages.
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