Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs
Just an hour outside of Aspen is Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs. The lake is fed by a stunning waterfall and gets its name from the way it appears to be hanging on the edge of a mountain. Due to Hanging Lake’s popularity, you will need to make reservations in order to embark on a hike here. Permits can be reserved online and cost $12, which includes a shuttle bus service from the welcome center to the trailhead. The hike is just over 2mi (3km) roundtrip and is on the more difficult side, but the views are worth every step of the way.