Denver September 18, 2017
The Hike Near Denver That Takes You To Not One, But TWO Insanely Beautiful Waterfalls
Fall is in the air and it is time to get outside and enjoy Colorado in all of its glory. If you are ready to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, we recommend taking this iconic hike near Denver that takes you to not one, but TWO incredibly gorgeous waterfalls:
Located 2 1/2 hours from Denver (just 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs) lies the must-visit Hanging Lake Trail; a 3-mile out-and-back trail that leads hikers through colorful trees and rocky cliffs to the awe-inspiring Hanging Lake and its TWO waterfalls!
Towering over the famous Hanging Lake, Spouting Rock Falls is a series of small waterfalls that shoot out through a large limestone wall (versus cascading over the edge, like most waterfalls).
What gives the water shooting from the cliffs its special color? The rare turquoise color of the water is caused by travertine deposition that was originally created by dissolved limestone from the Mississippian Period Leadville Formation.
Because of this and other rare components, Hanging Lake's ecosystem is extremely fragile and faces the possibility of ecological disruption, so when you go, make sure to clean up after yourself, leave your dog at home, and NEVER touch the water.
Seriously. Don't be like these visitors. Respect this area by looking; not touching.
For even more Denver waterfall fun, check out our
Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Denver’s Waterfalls.