The turquoise waters of Hanging Lake lie between a weaving riverbed and the towering walls of Glenwood Canyon. Seemingly clinging to a cliff’s edge, this peculiar lake was created by a geologic fault that caused its bed to delicately drop from the valley above.
Hanging Lake is one of the most visited trails in Colorado, and the Forest Service may soon cap the number of daily visitors to protect its fragile ecosystem. The 2.8-mile round-trip hike gains more than 1,200 feet in elevation and offers amazing views — at any time of year. Here are photos from hikes around Hanging Lake in both warm and snowy weather.