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Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark


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Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark

View of the famous Hanging Lake with floating log and turquoise water near Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Hanging Lake is a Must See and is One of Colorado's prized water features
A couple reading the information board at Hanging Lake Trail, Colorado.
The 1-2 Hour Hike is Well Worth the Time and Effort when you See the Unique Beauty that is Hanging Lake

East of Glenwood Springs along I-70 resides Hanging Lake one of Colorado's prized water features. Access to the travertine deposit requires a bit more than a mile hike from the trailhead beginning on the north side of the mighty Colorado. The hike requires 1-2 hours round trip and is rated difficult by the park service, you'll find benches along the way to catch your breath and take in the scenery.

Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark received its designation in 2011 after missing it in 1980. Along with 6 other designations from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a Colorado Native, the 72-acre site in the White River National Forest is one of 13 landmarks in Colorado. The designation is reserved for sites with outstanding biological and geological resources. Hanging Lake represents a spectacular example of a lake formed by travertine deposition and comprises a rare wetland ecosystem including waterfalls and hanging gardens.

Trail and Parking Access Information

The Hanging Lake Trail and parking area requires a permit and reservation to access. Booking information can be found here: Hanging Lake Trail Permits & Reservations

Thank you for enjoying all Colorado has to offer! We are asking for your help.

Please leave your Dog behind; as the wildlife such as squirrels and chipmunk find it hard to play with dogs around. Remember the stream you are walking next to is not for fishing; but is prefect for a photo! As a National Landmark swimming or wading is not allowed!

Driving Directions

Access to the trailhead is only possible for I-70 eastbound traffic at exit 125. For westbound travelers, take exit 121 and turn around going east to exit 125.

Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do

Aunt Sara's River Dance RV Resort and Campground Email link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
Near Gypsum off I-70 along Eagle River; Aunt Sara's = BIG RIG RV Resort: Room for slideouts, 50amp, pull-thru. Campground between Vail and Glenwood Springs. SKIERS, Stay Here: Ski Vail, Beaver Creek!
Rodeway Inn Hotel- Glenwood Springs
Rodeway Inn is 12 miles from Ski Sunlight. Affordable Glenwood Springs hotel near hot spring pools. Large Family Suites: WiFi, refrigerator, microwave, Jacuzzi, king bed, fireplace. Continental breakfast.

More Activities & Information

Glenwood Springs, Colorado includes: New Castle

Gypsum, Colorado

Vail Area, Colorado includes: Avon, Beaver Creek, Dotsero, Eagle, Edwards, Minturn, Red Cliff, Wolcott

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