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Two New National Natural Landmarks In Colorado

Among six total nationwide, Colorado rallies for two, the Hanging Lake/Gardens in Glenwood Springs and the Morrison-Golden Fossil Area.

Among six total nationwide, Colorado rallies for two, the Hanging Lake/Gardens in Glenwood Springs and the Morrison-Golden Fossil Area.

Among six total nationwide, Colorado rallies for two, the Hanging Lake/Gardens in Glenwood Springs and the Morrison-Golden Fossil Area.

Among six total nationwide, Colorado rallies for two, the Hanging Lake/Gardens in Glenwood Springs and the Morrison-Golden Fossil Area.

Raise your hand if you've ever hiked the incline? Yes? Good for you! That's easy! Now Raise your hand if you've ever hiked the Hanging Lake trail near Glenwood Springs? Which one is harder to you? I would say they are both about the same, but Hanging Lake boasts a 1,000ft gain in under 1 mile! At the top of the hike, hikers are rewarded with crystal clear blue water and a lush green wetland ecosystem.

Hold your horses, there's no swimming in this lake, but just five minutes beyond the lake is spouting rock. This waterfall comes straight out of a rock, and onto your head if you choose. The perfect way to cool down!

The Morrison-Golden Fossil Area is a 19-acre parcel, considered one of the most important paleontological sites in the Front Range and the U.S. The site is  internationally known for finding a number of unique fossil footprints representing reptiles, birds, and mammals. It was also the site of the first major discovery of dinosaur fossils in North America. The two sites were added in June, 2011 by Secretary of State, Ken Salazar.

 

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