Hanging Lake’s Human Problem

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In recent years, Hanging Lake outside of Glenwood Springs has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state, playing host to photographers, hikers, and roadtrippers alike. While we love to see people getting excited about exploring Colorado, the huge traffic increase to this site is leading to permanent changes to Hanging Lake’s already fragile ecosystem. If you’re stopping by for a visit, follow the rules and treat this stunning destination with respect.

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Hanging Lake. Photo Credit: @bergeboy (Instagram).

The lake attracts over 130,000 visitors throughout each year.

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Hanging Lake. Photo Credit: @ray.chel_emily (Instagram).

 

Though both swimming and dogs are prohibited, these rules are broken regularly, thus making up for a large portion of the damage.

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Hanging Lake – @jadelizroper (Instagram) – OutThere Colorado

Litter left behind by visitors is also having an impact. Remember, if you pack it in, pack it out.

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Hanging Lake. Photo Credit: @jerrysukuanliu (Instagram).

Unless visitors start to take better care of the area and follow the rules, Hanging Lake is at risk of ecological disruption.

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Hanging Lake. Photo Credit: @samsilkworth (Instagram).

If you’re planning a visit, make sure you take care of the area for generations to come.

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Hanging Lake. Photo Credit: @joshuamattson (Instagram).

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