This captivating image showcases a pair of up-close hiking boots treading a grassy trail, with small purple flowers guiding the way toward the majestic snow-capped mountains.

OUR FAVORITE HIKING TRAILS IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS

As lifetime locals of Glenwood Springs, we've had the enjoyment of spending countless days exploring every step of the local hiking and recreation trails.  And Hanging Lake is high on our list of "must do" trails, but our list of "Favorite Hiking Trails in Glenwood Springs" balances both proximity (located within biking distance of Glenwood Springs), picturesque scenery, solitude, and fond memories.  

Jessie Weaver / No Name Trail
Located in Glenwood Canyon

This out-and-back hike (no permit needed) is enjoyable for the first .5 miles, but gorgeous from that point forward.  The lush creekside vegetation & dramatic 1500′ cliffs above make it our favorite. 

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail
Located in Glenwood Canyon

This paved and family friendly trail connects both bikers and hikers to the Colorado River as it passes through the Glenwood Canyon.  It’s also a link to trails #1, 3 & 4 on this list,  making it an ideal “bike-to-hike” option.

Hanging Lake Trail
Located in Glenwood Canyon

Designated a National Natural Landmark, this trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Colorado. And for good reason, as the lake’s turquoise waters are breathtaking.

Grizzly Creek Trail
Located in Glenwood Canyon

Another trail accessible by the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail, Grizzly Creek provides another picturesque, non-permitted creekside hike.   

Doc Holiday Trail
Located in Glenwood Springs

Doc Holliday’s Trail and Grave offer a fascinating glimpse into the legendary Wild West figure’s life and final resting place in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Red Mountain Trail
Located in Glenwood Springs

Red Mountain Trail in Glenwood Springs provides hikers with stunning panoramic views of the town, the Colorado River, and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

Boy Scout Trail
Located in Glenwood Springs

Boy Scout Trail offers a serene and scenic hiking experience, winding through pinyon pine forests and providing glimpses of the breathtaking Colorado River & Glenwood Canyon.

WHAT TO DO NEAR HANGING LAKE

EXPLORE THESE POPULAR ADVENTURES

or $599 / Private Boat Half Day Rafting Adventure $67.99 - $73.99 Hanging Lake Hiking Permits $10.00 - $12.00 Rad Mission E-Bike Rentals $19.99 HOUR | $59.99 DAY Colorado Overlander Rental & Packages $199 - $399 DAY Glenwood Hot Springs Pool $25.00 - $39.00 Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park $50.00 - $65.00 Mild & Scenic Half Day Rafting Trip $60.99 - $70.99 E-Bike Rental & Shuttle $59.99 An image capturing the adventure of a Blue Sky-branded raft navigating the Shoshone Rapids on the Colorado River. In this image, a vibrant red Rad Mission E-bike from Hanging Lake Adventure Co-op and Glenwood Canyon Bikes. In this striking image, a Colorado Overlander truck is showcased atop a mountain with its rooftop tents open, providing a breathtaking vantage point overlooking a dramatic desert scene. This photo captures the serene charm of Glenwood Hot Springs pool as seen from the pedestrian bridge in Glenwood Springs during the evening. This photo captures the thrilling experience of a theme-park ride atop Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, perched on the mountain's edge, offering a view of the charming town of Glenwood Springs. This serene photo captures a boat gracefully floating on the calm Class II waters of the river. Captured in this image is Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, where vibrant colors dominate the scene with brilliant shades of green. In this image, a girl flashes a bright smile as she zips along on a vibrant red Mission e-bike.

PERMITTED HIKING OPTIONS

Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon and the Maroon Bells near Aspen require advance reservations to manage visitor numbers and protect their natural beauty, each offering unique natural attractions like turquoise waters and towering peaks.

Hanging Lake Hiking Permits $12.00 MOST POPULAR GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO HIKE Maroon Bells Shuttle & Hike Reservations MOST POPULAR ASPEN, CO HIKE $16.00 Captured in this image is Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, where vibrant colors dominate the scene with brilliant shades of green. Captured in this image are the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado, showcasing the distant, majestic peaks mirrored in the pristine waters of Maroon Lake.

HANGING LAKE TRAIL REDESIGN

PROJECT INFORMATION & MAP

The aim of this initiative is to revitalize, enrich, and reinstate both the trail and recreational amenities within the Hanging Lake Trail Recreation Area. Following post-fire debris flows during the summer of 2021, this trail and its associated infrastructure suffered adverse effects.  Thanks to the United States Forest Service for making the Hanging Lake Trail Redesign project a top priority.

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MAP OF PROJECT trail redesign & improvements CLICK HERE This photo is of the Hanging Lake Trail.

3 Most Popular River Rafting Adventures Hanging Lake Permits & Info About Hanging Lake Adventure Co-op E-Bike FAQ’s & Information Colorado Overlander – Explore the West World Famous Glenwood Hot Springs Pool Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Rafting FAQ’s & Information Captured from above, this aerial photo showcases the Colorado Overlander's Land Cruiser confidently navigating a vibrant red dirt road. Surrounded by piñon trees, the dust clouds billow up from behind the tires, accentuating the adventurous spirit of the journey. The dynamic scene captures the essence of off-road exploration and the rugged beauty of the terrain beneath the Land Cruiser's wheels. This photo captures the serene charm of Glenwood Hot Springs pool as seen from the pedestrian bridge in Glenwood Springs during the evening. Embark on a thrilling journey through this photo capturing the excitement of a theme-park ride atop Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. This serene photo captures a boat gracefully floating on the calm Class II waters of the river. This captivating image showcases the excitement of a raft navigating through the exhilarating Shoshone Rapids. Immersed in the serene ambiance of the Hanging Lake Trail, two hikers move past the Hanging Lake sign, ascending the dirt trail. This computer generated Hanging Lake Adventure Co-op logo is white with a green background. There is no wording, only the mountains icon. In this image, a girl flashes a bright smile as she zips along on a vibrant red Mission e-bike.
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