Hanging lake

The popularity of beautiful Hanging Lake has prompted the establishment of a reservations system. It opens April 1.

The city of Glenwood Springs and the Forest Service partnership for Hanging Lake announced Wednesday that reservations for a permit to visit Hanging Lake will be available to buy on April 1 at 10 a.m. by visiting www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake.

Reservations online must be made with a credit card, according to the announcement. Reservations may also be made by calling 970-384-6309; groups of 20 or more need to call the Hanging Lake information line to make their reservation.

In addition, reservations may be made in-person starting on May 1, at the Hanging Lake Welcome Center, located at 110 Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Springs, next to the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Reservations for a permit to visit the lake will cost $12 per person. The 2019 Hanging Lake shuttle season runs from May 1 - Oct. 31, daily, from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shuttles will leave from the Hanging Lake Welcome Center and drop visitors off at the Hanging Lake trailhead, according to a press release.

Hanging lake

Cars will be restricted from Hanging Lake, this summer as shuttles will service the trailhead outside Glenwood Springs from 6:45 a.m. until 8 p.m., May 1 - Oct. 31.

Visitors may plan for three hours of hiking and recreation from the time they are dropped off at the trailhead until they are picked up. Visitors who wish to shorten or extend their time at Hanging Lake may be placed on standby for an earlier or later shuttle back to the Hanging Lake Welcome Center.

Those who wish to bike or hike to the Hanging Lake trailhead still need to make a reservation for a permit on www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake. According to the release, a percentage of permits have been set aside for an ‘“early-bird” biking reservation special and will be available for a special rate of $9.50 from April 1 through May 1, or until “early-bird” reservations fill up.

The early-bird rate is good for any date during the 2019 season. Hanging Lake is open year-round.

The permit system is also enforced year-round. Those who visit Hanging Lake in the off-peak season (Nov. 1 - April 30) must still obtain a permit through the reservation system; however, it will cost $10 during this time period. During the off-peak season, visitors may bike or drive their personal vehicles to the trailhead as shuttles will not be provided during the off-peak season.