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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    Colorado’s second largest natural lake is managed in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Eagle Valley Land Trust. Limited facilities at this time.

  • Conundrum Hot Springs

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    Reservations are required for overnight use at this beautiful and very popular location. It’s an 8.5-mile, one-way hike with a 2,500 elevation gain to Conundrum Hot Springs.

  • 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.

  • Wilderness Areas

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    More than a third of the White River National Forest is Congressionally designated Wilderness. The eight Wilderness Areas managed by the Forest are places where natural processes are the primary influences and human activity is limited to primitive recreation and minimal tools.

Recreation Areas