With some 26 trails to choose from, visitors can readily explore the beauty of the hillsides surrounding Glenwood Springs.
Hanging Lake Trail
Our most famous hike is to Hanging Lake. This hiking trail winds 1.2 miles up the side of a mountain, rising 1020 feet in elevation. At the top, enjoy a spectacular natural lake formed many years ago when a geological fault caused the hillside to fall away. As the nearby stream flow deposited carbonates over the fault, a rim was formed. Today the lake is 25 feet deep and as fragile and pristine as years ago. Not to be missed is Spouting Rock, which is just above Hanging Lake.
The Hanging Lake permit & shuttle system is in place to protect the fragile ecosystem and provide visitors with high-quality experiences through education and interpretation. Please acquire your permit here. The Hanging Lake Welcome Center is located at 110 Wulfsohn Road, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, next to the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
Glenwood Canyon Trail and Bike Path
It begins near the Hot Springs Pool, and it winds, twists, and hugs the Colorado for 18 miles. Cyclists, skaters, walkers, hikers, rafters and kayakers can enjoy their sport in this stunning setting of steep canyon walls etched by the roaring Colorado River. The trail is ten feet wide and paved. There are four rest areas along the trail that offer restroom facilities, fresh drinking water, telephones, and picnic areas. Because the trail follows the Colorado River, if you cycle in the western direction you will enjoy a comfortable downhill pace.
Doc Holliday’s Grave
Another trail popular with our visitors is to visit the grave of the famous Glenwood resident, Doc Holliday. Although there is a tombstone for him in a local cemetery, no one knows the exact location of his remains. To visit the cemetery where Doc Holliday and other city officials are honored, the trailhead is at the intersection of 12th and Bennett.
Rio Grande Trail
This trail is 44 uninterrupted miles from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, following the Roaring Fork River. This Rails-to-Trails project is built along the old D&RG rail corridor.