If you find yourself in Colorado outside of ski season, you can still enjoy the mountains. In the absence of snow, choose to climb up them rather than slide down them. You’ll find one of the most beautiful hikes up to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (off of Interstate-70).
First and foremost, GET THERE EARLY IN THE MORNING. This cannot be stressed enough. The one and only parking lot is tiny, and during the summer fills up quickly. If you’d rather spend your day enjoying the great outdoors over fighting for a parking spot, set your alarm. The hike is only a little over 1 mile each way, but you gain over 1,000 feet during that mile, making it more strenuous than it sounds. While hiking boots aren’t necessary, a reliable pair of sneakers and plenty of water definitely are.
The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, with foot bridges allowing for passage across the creek along the way. Once at the top, marvel at Hanging Lake, and then follow the signs further up to Spouting Rock (pictured below).
Featured Photo Credit: Tara Turner