Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs is a fascinating place to see, high in the mountains, at the end of a hike along Deadhorse Creek and through rocky canyons.
Although only a mile in length, the trail is steep and very rocky. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes with good tread. Be aware that there is little to no mobile phone coverage.
Hanging Lake has been recognized as an outstanding example of a lake formed by travertine deposition around the shoreline. Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. As a result, no dogs, no fishing, no swimming and no bodily contact is allowed anywhere near the water. Unfortunately the oils from human skin can destroy the fragile travertine.
Part of the reason the lake and the area around it remain so majestic generation after generation is that people are asked to stay in designated areas. The lake’s ecosystem is quite fragile, and we want people to be able to enjoy it for years to come.
While you’re up there you will also want to visit Spouting Rock, a spectacular waterfall that exits out of a cliff wall above the lake.
Follow the signs.