Hanging Lake closed indefinitely

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Hanging Lake’s prestige water and hiking trails attract people from all over.

Due to recent mudslides and debris, park officials delivered some bad news to outdoor enthusiasts on Wednesday.

Scott Fitzwilliams, with White River National Forest, says, “we’re announcing today that Hanging Lake is going to remain closed for the foreseeable future. I wish I could tell you how long we need to get up there and do a little better assessment of what can be done, but this is not a minor trail reroute or something like that it’s a complete reconstruction that’s needed.”

Reconstruction will include repairing seven bridges that have suffered damage.

The cost for the project still remains a big question.

For those who had reservations to visit the area, a refund is available or those funds can go to help restore the trail.

Colleen Coleman, with the National Forest Foundation, says, “we feel strongly about this area and we are very committed to helping with the restoration, no matter how long it takes. Funds that will be focused not only on what thought would be tree planting after the Grizzly Creek Fire but additionally the trail restoration.”

Those involved with the project say a further assessment is needed to determine a timeline for full restoration.

Fitzwilliams added, “as soon as weather permits, we’re going to send engineers, hydrologists, trail specialists, trail designers, landscapers, and park architects to do an initial assessment to see how long it will take.”

Even though there is a long road ahead, park officials say the landmark will eventually dazzle visitors again.

Fitzwilliams also says, “I think we can say clearly to the public Hanging Lake will be back, it’ll be back to its gorgeous clear state, it’s going to take a while.”

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