Special Places

  • Hanging Lake

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    A steep, 1.2-mile trail gains 1,000 feet through Deadhorse Creek Canyon, ending at the unrivaled Hanging Lake. A permit and reservation are required.

  • Maroon Bells Scenic Area

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    The iconic Colorado Rockies photo is even more impressive in person. Parking and shuttle reservations are required. The scenic area is surrounded by the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

  • Sweetwater Lake

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    Sweetwater Lake is one of Colorado's largest natural lakes. Facilities are currently limited. 

  • Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness

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    Overnight permit reservations are required for overnight trips in popular areas of this beautiful destination. 

  • Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area

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    A premiere winter recreation destination, the 55,000-acre Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area has more than 119 miles of motorized and non-motorized winter trails open from approximately November into May, when a day or season pass is required.

  • Camp Hale - Continental Divide National Monument

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    President Biden used his authority to establish the 53,804-acre Monument on National Forest System lands in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, preserving the area’s important historic, prehistoric, natural and recreational values.

Recreation Areas