Hanging Lake is a crystal-clear, turquoise blue lake that is a short, steep, but rewarding hike that starts in Glenwood Canyon. Hanging Lake was just added to the roster of National Natural Landmarks.
This glacially formed lake suspended at the edge of Glenwood Canyon with stunning waterfalls that descend into a travertine lake full of trout and crystal clear water. It can be accessed year-round from Glenwood Canyon, with its trailhead about ten miles east of Glenwood Springs.
The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is famous for its enduring appeal and for its size—the largest in the world at over two blocks long.
The mineral-rich water of Glenwood Hot Springs has been attracting visitors for over 125 years. The Ute Indians were the first to enjoy its relaxing and healing attributes, followed by the world's rich and privileged during the height of the Victorian age. Today visitors from all over the globe trek to Glenwood Hot Springs to soak, swim and play in the world's largest hot springs pool.
A day of excitement and exploration is waiting for you on top of Iron Mountain, where Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park brings out the kid in everyone. From the fully enclosed gondola you can take in the views almost 50 miles to the south, over Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley, past majestic Mt. Sopris, to the peaks in Aspen. Once you’re at the top, it’s time to choose your adventures.
The White River National Forest is vast; some special places nearby include Sunlight Mountain Resort, the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway and West Elk Scenic Loop, as well as interesting historical places such as the Crystal Mill near Marble.
Wildlife is abundant, especially elk. In the early 1900’s only 1,100 elk were estimated to remain in Colorado, including 500 in the White River National Forest. There are now nearly 40,000 elk in the White River. The pinyon-juniper, sagebrush, montane shrub, and riparian environments support species from amphibians to large mammals. Elk , mule deer, rocky mountain bighorn sheep, coyote, rabbits, mink and muskrat all thrive here.