Lend a helping hand by volunteering or donating to the Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance. Founded after the 2020 Grizzly Creek Fire, the group is working on a multi-year project to help restore Glenwood Canyon, Hanging Lake, its surrounding landscape and trails.
Hanging Lake is a Colorado treasure and a rare example of a travertine geological formation located in the heart of Glenwood Canyon in the White River National Forest. The 1.2-mile trail is steep and rigorous but rewarding once you see the natural beauty that awaits you at the top. It’s a Natural National Landmark and is popular with travelers for its awe-inspiring beauty and gentle Colorado waterfalls. Make a reservation for a permit to hike to Hanging Lake.
Make a reservation to hike Hanging Lake in advance to make sure you get your desired time and a permit.
Colorado Ranch House has one of the best outdoor patios in town.
Visit the Doc Holliday's Saloon for a Wild West night cap or Native Son for a cocktail in a hip setting. On the way to your hotel, enjoy a cool summer breeze while strolling the pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River.
Walk home to Hotel Colorado and enjoy a nightcap in the outdoor courtyard.
Go to Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop to rent a bike with or without peddle-assist. Then hop on a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Bus to Aspen to the trailhead of the Rio Grande Bike Path. Enjoy stunning mountain views along the Roaring Fork River, opportunities to view wildlife and experience towns along the way.
During your Rio Grande Trail ride, stop in Basalt for lunch.
Continue your journey back to Glenwood Springs along the Rio Grande Trail. Possible stops on the way north: Rio Grande Nature Trail (between Basalt and Carbondale), Mushroom Rock Hike in Carbondale, or Main Street Carbondale.