Hanging Lake at night Photo Credit: kwiktor (iStock)

Photo Credit: kwiktor (iStock)

Hanging Lake Trail has been closed through at least August 14 due to a wildfire that has sparked in the nearby area. This closure is subject to extension.

The Grizzly Creek Fire has now passed 1,000 acres in size, shutting down a 24-mile stretch of I-70 in both directions. The current closure that's in place is between mile marker 116 (Glenwood Springs) and mile marker 140 (Gypsum). Hanging Lake trail is located at I-70 westbound exit 125.

Those that had made reservations to see Hanging Lake during the closure will be automatically refunded.

Prior to the closure, Glenwood Springs was allowing 240 people to hike the trail daily. Prior to the pandemic, 615 people were allowed to hike the trail. A permitting system was put in place in recent years to limit damage from the 1,300 people that had been previously visiting the fragile attraction on busy days.

Read more about the closure here.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside

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