Colorado Has An Alpine Blue Lake That Sits 1,000 Feet Above The Forest Floor

These turquoise waters are one for your summer bucketlist.
Hanging Lake In Colorado Sits On A Mountain In The Sky

We try to visit as many serene lakes as we can in our free time, but we love this one because it's unlike anything we've ever seen. Hanging Lake in Colorado sits 1,000 feet above the forest floor, and the glassy waters are so clear you can see to the lakebed. You'll get epic views both from the cliff and through the water- what more could we want?

Located in Glenwood, this enchanting lake is accessible by a 1.2-mile hike. The trek is known to be relatively steep and winding, but once you reach the lake, the effort is well worth it.

Hanging Lake has some of the most transparent waters in the area so that you can see down into the bottom. Waterfalls come out of the canyon's crevices, feeding into the lake itself.

In the summer, parking is not allowed by the trailhead, so you can start at the Hanging Lake Welcome Center and take the shuttle up.

Reservations are required to hike to the lake each day, so plan accordingly.

You can buy or rent traction additions to your hiking shoes to help traverse the steep inclines of the mountain.

The water is a gorgeous aquamarine color, and so clear you can see the rocks at the bottom of the lake.

The permit costs $12 per person during peak season and $10 during the offseason.

If you go in the winter, you can park by the trail entrance and hike up to see frozen falls and giant icicles. It's a true winter wonderland.

The views from the lake are breathtaking, and despite needing a minute to catch yours when you get to the top, it is worth the climb.

You can stop and grab some great photos of the gorgeous clear lake, and the stunning falls around it.

Any spot with turquoise waters are deemed a must-visit in our book, but a lake suspended high above ground level? That is a firm yes from us!

Hanging Lake

Price: $12 per person peak season, $10 per person off-peak

When: Off-peak is November 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020, and on-peak is May 1 - October 21, 2020 

Address: 110 Wulfsohn Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO

Why You Need To Go: You can check out this turquoise lake that sits 1,000 feet above the forest floor.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a site, respect the environment.

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