Hanging Lake

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A New Era at Hanging Lake

May 2, 2019
Mark Duggan/KDNK

 

The popular trail east of Glenwood Springs is now only accessible by permit and shuttle bus from Glenwood Springs. The new reservation system follows years of preparation and research.

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A new reservation system to limit the human impact on the enormously popular lake in Glenwood Canyon begins April 1. The new system puts an end to years of unregulated access and caps daily visitors at 615 year-round.

Fourth grade students at Glenwood Springs Elementary School share information about Hanging Lake. 

Fourth grade students at Glenwood Springs Elementary School share information about Hanging Lake. 

Fourth grade students at Glenwood Springs Elementary School share information about Hanging Lake. 

Fourth grade students at Glenwood Springs Elementary School share information about Hanging Lake. 

Fourth grade students at Glenwood Springs Elementary School share information about Hanging Lake.

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Hanging Lake visitors will not have to make reservations to hike up to the lake this summer. The US Forest Service has delayed putting its management plan for the popular tourist destination into action for another year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Aaron Mayville, district ranger for the Eagle/Holy Cross District of the White River National Forest, to find out why. Click here for tips for a happy hike to the lake.

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Hanging Lake, on the west end of Glenwood Canyon, is one of the state’s most popular natural attractions. But, that popularity is destroying the lake’s fragile ecosystem. The US Forest Service estimates that a little over 1100 visitors hike the 2.8-mile trail to the lake every day during peak season. So, the agency put together a draft management plan to reduce those numbers and protect the lake’s natural beauty. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh attended an open house about the draft plan last week and found out that it’s part of a larger plan to manage growing activity in the Glenwood Canyon. Click here to read the draft plan and watch the carrying capacity video. Click here to comment. Comments are due by midnight September 21, 2017.

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 Just like other beautiful places on the White River National Forest, Hanging Lake, just outside Glenwood Springs, is being loved to death. And, the US Forest Service and other stakeholders plan to do something about it. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

The first opportunity for public comment on the proposed Hanging Lake Adaptive Management Plan is Wednesday, August 30, from 5-7PM at the Glenwood Springs Library.