Hanging Lake #1850

Near Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Hanging Lake #1850 does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!



A permit is required. 

Visit www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake, or call Hanging Lake visitor information: (970) 384-6309.

Hanging Lake Frequently Asked Questions


Hanging Lake, a National Natural Landmark, was formed by a geologic fault which caused the lake bed to drop away from the valley floor above. Water flows into the lake over Bridal Veil Falls. The lake edge is built up from dissolved carbonates which are deposited on the shore as the water flows over. 

The trail to Hanging Lake is a steep and rocky 1.2 mile scenic trail climbs 1,000 feet up from the bottom of Glenwood Canyon up through Deadhorse Creek Canyon to Hanging Lake. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes with good tread. Be aware that there is no mobile phone coverage. Bring water as there is no potable water available. 

The trail to Hanging Lake consists of multiple switchbacks up steep terrain, please do not cut switchbacks! Cutting switchbacks damages vegetation and causes erosion. There are several rest stops along the trail. The trail ends on a boardwalk around the lake, please do not step off the boardwalk. There is a short offshoot from the trail before the boardwalk that leads to Spouting Rock, where for centuries water has dissolved a passage through the limestone to exit out of a sheer cliff wall as a spectacular waterfall.

Hiking to the lake during winter months requires preparation. Review Hanging Lake in the Winter Months for more information.

The travertine lake is extremely sensitive. Special regulations apply for good reason, please observe all posted rules and regulations