Beautiful Fall Sunset Hike at Hanging Lakes in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Photo Credit:Jeremy Janus

Beautiful Fall Sunset Hike at Hanging Lakes in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Photo Credit:Jeremy Janus 

The iconic Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon is set to reopen on Saturday, May 1st after nearly a 10-month closure.

The trail shut down in mid-August after last year’s devastating 32,631-acre Grizzly Creek Fire

Reservations will be required again this season, but there will be no shuttles transporting hikers from Glenwood Springs. Visitors will now have the option to drive to the Hanging Lake rest area and park or hike or ride bicycles through Glenwood Canyon to the trailhead.

Hanging lake, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. Photo Credit: Donyanedomam (iStock).

Hanging lake, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. Photo Credit: Donyanedomam (iStock).

Both permits cost $12 and are available for hourly reservations from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No hikers will be allowed on the trail after 5:45 p.m. Reservations can be made online at

Visitors will have to show proof of their permit at the Hanging Lake rest area and must have a permit to park. 

RELATED: Why can’t people swim in Hanging Lake?

As of Thursday afternoon, several reservations were still available for both Saturday and Sunday. 

Hanging Lake rests at 7,323 feet in the heart of Glenwood Canyon on the White River National Forest. It's a "steep, rigorous, and rocky" 1.2-mile trek to the alpine lake famed for its glowing emerald green color and fragile shoreline.

A minimum of 48 hours prior notice is required for cancellations and rescheduling. In the event of temporary trail closures, permit holders will be refunded the full amount.

Editor’s Note: As always, Leave No Trace. If you pack it in, then please pack it out. Reservations are required to visit Hanging Lake. For more information, please visit

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Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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