Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are full of scenic spots, but none this odd. Hanging Lake is suspended on the edge of a cliff — a natural anomaly that most likely occurred due to its location on a fault line. Geologists believe a section sheared off and dropped into what is now the lake bed. The site includes numerous waterfalls and a thriving hanging plant community. Carbonate minerals create the water’s rare shade of turquoise-green.Plan Your Visit: Drive 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs along I-70 to reach the parking area. Plan one to two hours to hike the extremely steep and rocky one-mile trail up to the lake.
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