DENVER — Thousands of people have hiked up to a popular scenic Colorado lake using a new reservation system.
The Denver Post reports that White River National Forest officials received five out of five stars on a shuttle service implemented in May from more than 95% of survey respondents visiting Glenwood Canyon's Hanging Lake.
Park officials say the system replaces a visitor parking lot with $12 shuttle rides from Glenwood Springs to the lake about 155 miles (249 kilometers) west of Denver.
Officials say the goal was to improve the health of the trail and lake by moderating human impact while also improving the visitor experience.
Officials say Hanging Lake has a daily limit of 615 visitors and has reached more than 40,000 hikers since the program began earlier this year.