Location: The Hanging Lake site is a series of travertine falls on Dead Horse Creek in Glenwood Canyon, on the Colorado River. A 1.5 mile long trail extends from the Colorado River to Hanging Lake, Spouting Rock, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Vegetative/natural features: The site is within a riparian forest of Douglas-fir, boxelder, and Rocky Mountain maple, with spruce and subalpine fir at the upper end. The site is a known location for Hanging Garden Sullivantia, the only species of this genus found in Colorado.

Ownership: Federal (U.S. Forest Service)

Ornithological Summary

This site holds the only breeding population of Black Swifts on the White River Plateau. It is the only location on the White River Plateau that satisfies the specialized breeding needs of this species.

Conservation Issues

Serious threats: hydrologic changes (a private company attempted to obtain water rights above Hanging Lake to bottle and distribute drinking water).

Potential threats: habitat disturbance from rock and ice climbing

Management details: The area is closed to fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, motorized vehicles, campfires, and pets on trails. Hanging Lake is a Colorado Watchable Wildlife site.

Habitat

The site is within a riparian forest of Douglas-fir, boxelder, and Rocky Mountain maple, with spruce and subalpine fir at the upper end. The site is a known location for Hanging Garden Sullivantia, the only species of this genus found in Colorado.

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