Hanging Lake, just outside of Glenwood Springs, CO is hands-down the most beautiful lake I have ever been to. It was named a National Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011 because of its unique geologic qualities. The lake was formed by travertine deposition, and the geologic and hydrologic processes continue to operate today, giving the lake its beautiful turquoise-blue color.
Getting to Hanging Lake is a bit tricky, but totally worth the journey. From Denver/ Boulder follow I-70 West for about 150 miles. You will see signs for Hanging Lake which will lead you to I-70 East where you will backtrack for a few miles until you reach the Hanging Lake exit (The trailhead can only be accessed from I-70 East). Parking can be very crowded during popular times, so I recommend arriving earlier in the morning so you don’t have to wait for spots to open up.
Once parked, there are bathrooms at the edge of the parking lot and you’ll follow a sidewalk until you get to the actual trailhead. The hike up is somewhat steep and rocky at some points (especially at the end), but overall an easy-to-moderate hike. It’s only about a mile up, and takes about 45 minutes.
The journey to Hanging Lake may take a while, but I recommend making a fun weekend out of it by staying a night or two in Glenwood Springs or heading down to Aspen while you’re in the area. There are so many fun things to do in both of these cute mountain towns, so live it up!
By Caroline Kennedy0