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Address: Highway 82, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445
Activities: Hiking

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Wow! Easy access and great trails and scenery

The Grottos trail/park is a couple miles from Aspen on the road (Hwy 82) up to Independence Pass. I've always stopped at the top of the pass or at the Ghost Town of Independence... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The Grottos trail/park is a couple miles from Aspen on the road (Hwy 82) up to Independence Pass. I've always stopped at the top of the pass or at the Ghost Town of Independence for a break, but when nature called (in more than one way!) I pulled into the Grottos. The park is right next to a great section... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

You drive down and there is a parking lot (it probably can fit about 10 cars, so it could be crowded, depending when you go). There are 2 restrooms :) There are @ 3 picnic tables - 1 in a grove of tress and 2 by the water, and a bridge that takes you over the rushing stream. So much... More 

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Southern Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Short scenic drive from Aspen. We found plenty of parking - arrived around 11 am. We hiked the trails around and back to the caves. The kids - 10 to 23 enjoyed climbing the rocks and exploring. The cascades were sooo pretty. Kids climbed up higher and found another cave to explore while parents relaxed by the water on a... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My wife and our two kids stopped here for a quick hike as we were driving up to Independence Pass from Aspen. A woman at the visitor's bureau in Aspen recommended it, and we weren't in a hurry so we decided to visit. Parking can be tight, but if you can find a spot in the lot or nearby it's... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

So I almost don't want to share this one for fear the place will get too busy. It's such a great place to stop....take a short hike, explore the ice caves (more of a crack in the ground) and the cascading waterfall, have a picnic. Although this trail is easy and is suitable for almost anyone, come prepared with proper... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love going to secluded hikes in Colorado. If you're going/leaving Aspen you must come to this spot. It is right off of HWY82 and you can map yourself to 'Grotto's Trail'. It literally was a 10 min hike to the 'ice caves' (I'm assuming there was no ice since we were there in the fall and 5 mins more... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This hidden gem is right off the road coming down Independence Pass into Aspen. The trail is easy and worth the short trek to the Grottos. It's family friendly all the way although small children will not be able to climb down into the caves but the waterfalls are easily accessible for everyone. Don't be one of those silly tourists... More 

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Lewisville, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The grottos trail is a short hike, but it has a little of everything. There is a beautiful mountain stream that can be easily accessed in several places. It is a great place to for kids to explore, collect pebbles, and toss rocks into the river. If you take a left at the trail head, a short walk will lead... More 

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Burleson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Last year on the way to Independence Pass from Aspen we passed several trailheads and camping areas along the road. All of them looked like they would be fun to explore. It took a while to plan ahead for these this year because we couldn’t remember the names of the trailheads. After some extensive searching both in trip advisor and... More 

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kansas city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Good easy hike well worth the time. Great place to sit and picnic and by roaring forks creek so you could here the rushing water.

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Address: Highway 82, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Aspen

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