What to expect this summer at Hanging Lake

May 7, 2018

Media Contacts: Aaron Mayville, 970-827-5150

Marcia Gilles, 970-827-5152


What to expect this summer at Hanging Lake

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. –– As the summer hiking season approaches, the Forest Service would like to let the public know what they can expect when visiting Hanging Lake this spring and summer season. The implementation of the Hanging Lake Management Plan and permit system is now expected to take place in the spring of 2019. For the summer of 2018, the Forest Service will continue to manage the parking lot with a Forest Service crew that will patrol the trail and outreach to visitors.

“We’ve come a long way in getting this management plan finalized,” said Aaron Mayville, District Ranger. “Great progress has been made, but there is still a lot of work to be done before we can fully implement the plan and the shuttle system on time in 2019.”

The Forest Service is still working through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for the Hanging Lake Management Plan which includes issuing a Final Decision on the Plan and working toward obtaining a third party transportation provider to run the shuttle and reservation system. Both actions are expected to take place sometime this spring.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience as we continue to work on this important plan,” stated Mayville. “Hanging Lake is a popular and treasured place to visit and we ask that everyone who visits this year to be patient, courteous and respectful of each other and the lake as we head into another busy season in Glenwood Canyon.”

Here are some useful tips for those wishing to experience Hanging Lake in the coming months:

  • Go Early: Visit Hanging Lake in the early morning or late afternoon for less crowds and a better chance of getting a parking spot.
  • Visit mid-week: If possible, visit Hanging Lake mid-week when the parking lot is less congested.
  • Be patient and courteous: On weekends and during high-visitation times the parking lot is consistently full; be prepared to wait in line or be turned around at the gate by Forest Service staff due to a full parking lot. 
  • Remember safety! Parking is prohibited on I-70; parking on I-70 to visit Hanging Lake will result in the towing of your vehicle.
  • Care for the places you play: Help us keep Hanging Lake special for years to come! Dogs are prohibited on the trail and at Hanging Lake. Swimming, fishing, and standing on the log are also prohibited at the lake. Please Stay on the trail and do not ‘cut’ switchbacks. This leads to trail erosion and vegetation damage.

Upcoming temporary closures of Hanging Lake:

  • Hanging Lake parking lot will be closed for routine maintenance on May 16 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Hanging Lake will be closed Sept. 17-22 for dam and trail work and will re-open Sept. 23.

For more information about Hanging Lake download the White River National Forest app in the App Store or access it on your web-enabled device at whiteriver.oncell.com, visit our website https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver, or call the Holy Cross District Office at 970-827-5715.