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Grottos Trail

Highway 82, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Ice Caves!

Not for the faint of hearts! My husband actually slipped down in the caves and got both his arms... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2016
Houston, Texas
another good hike

This was a great hike. Grottos are not for young kids but you can hike around them and come down to... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
Natalia M
The Woodlands, Texas
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“ice cave” (7 reviews)
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Highway 82, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445

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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Not for the faint of hearts! My husband actually slipped down in the caves and got both his arms badly scratched! However, once you make it down, it's awesome! A must seen. Trail is just ok.. not too strenuous. Takes you to a nice falls...More

Thank Globetrotter-from-TX
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This was a great hike. Grottos are not for young kids but you can hike around them and come down to river and waterfall.

Thank Natalia M
Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is a great hike and a fun place to meet locals, a lot of people go here to swim even tho the water is cold.

Thank franciscomorales
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The dirt parking lot is small, so if you get there later in the morning you may have to wing it (park in a non-spot or outside the area or skip it). A short walk over the bridge brings you to a small inclined walk...More

2  Thank EZTravelers225
Reviewed 17 July 2016

If you turn left before bridge over the creek, the falls are just a short easy walk. There is a picnic bench if you want to bring lunch. You'll need to back track back to the bridge and cross over to check out the Grottos....More

1  Thank Wayne R
Reviewed 6 July 2016

A must see if in Aspen. As another stated, do not go by GPS instruction, just follow signs. It is 9.9 miles from Aspen on CO 82. There are a number of trails that you can choose from depending on how intense a hike you...More

2  Thank Traveler19204
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Don't listen to your GPS is she lies to you and claims it's less than 2 miles from Aspen. It's closer to 9 miles up Independence Pass. It was worth it; I'd go again with guests. Easy but the ice caves require some sure-footedness.

1  Thank Kimberleemcpike
Reviewed 9 December 2015

The grotto's trail area is a very nice place to spend an afternoon-- there are a number of easy hikes from the parking area, and a pretty waterfall just 15 minutes from the parking lot. Directions: as you approach the grotto's parking area, slow down...More

7  Thank Lantirn01
Reviewed 1 December 2015

I lived in Aspen for a few years as a child and always remembered the Grottos as really cool so when traveling with the family one summer we came back to check it out. It's not as big as I remember (I guess that's how...More

1  Thank Igetaroundconb
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The Grottos, and nearby trail, are East of Aspen, on Hwy 82, as it heads upward over Independence pass. The Roaring Fork River comes from the high country down through rocks and small water falls to a deep pool which is dangerous as the falling...More

2  Thank Aspeneyesurgeon
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2 June 2017|
Response from roberta81611 | Reviewed this property |
The Grottoes trail is not connected to a campsite. There is a campsite not far from there called "Difficult Campground ". Call the U S Forest Service for information.
23 December 2014|
Response from Chris M | Reviewed this property |
No, I'm sorry I do not. I stayed in Snowmass while I was there and only stopped by the Grottos trail on my drive back towards Denver. Enjoy your trip!