Spouting Rock


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Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs, Colorado is a very small lake that “hangs” high above the canyon floor. Its waters are cool and crystal clear, and in 2012 it was designated as one of our nation’s National Natural Landmarks, thus permanently preserving its pristine beauty. As beautiful as Hanging Lake is, the area just above the lake is equally beautiful, yet seldom visited.

Spouting Rock is just a hundred yards or so above Hanging Lake, and it is aptly named. After all, how often do you see rocks that spout water? Dead Horse Creek falls into the rocks above this waterfall and reemerges partway down the rock face, creating the namesake waterfall. This natural sight is simply incredible, and it is easy to get lost in scene as the water endlessly cascades toward you, past you, and subsequently falls into Hanging Lake.

This photograph was made in mid summer, and the whole area around Spouting Rock has a mystic, and very tranquil feel at this time of year. The greenery is vibrant, and with some of it hanging on, no play on words intended, high up where the water erupts out of the rock face, it gives a perfect counterpoint to the oranges that are prevalent here. Spouting Rock is truly an amazing waterfall.

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