3. Hanging Lake

A Colorado Treasure: Hanging Lake


Hanging Lake, a National Natural Landmark, and Colorado treasure.


Nestled in the steep and dramatically rugged Glenwood Springs Canyon, this 1.2 mile hike attracts 150,000 visitors every year. Don't let the length of the hike fool you, this trail is steep, rugged and challenging, but the view at the end is worth it!


Because of its popularity, Hanging Lake is experiencing environmental impacts like trail erosion, impacts to the fragile lake ecosystem and parking and safety concerns at the base of the trail.


This virtual tour will share tips about how to visit Hanging Lake safely and responsibly. We hope to inspire you to care for this amazing place on your visit. Hanging Lake is one of the most beloved recreation spots in the area.