A new $12 fee per person will take effect in May for visitors to Hanging Lake Trail area. The fee will cover the hiking permit and shuttle transportation and parking according to The Forest Service and city of Glenwood Springs.
The plan will allow a controlled number of people in and out of the popular Hanging Lake area.Under the plan, 5 percent of overall revenue is to go back toward the partnership, including system improvements and to maintain on-site operations of Hanging Lake.
“The cost of the reservation includes guaranteed free parking and access to the Hanging Lake Welcome Center, the ease of an online reservation system, shuttle service to and from Hanging Lake, and ranger presence to provide visitors with environmental education and interpretation,” according to a press release.
The shuttle and permit system culminates a six-year planning effort to address overcrowding and overuse issues at Hanging Lake, including violation of rules such as no dogs on the trail and at the lake, no swimming and no walking out onto the fallen log that lies across part of the lake.