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Grottos Trail

Address: Highway 82, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445
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Ranked #23 of 89 things to do in Aspen
Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking

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Evergreen, Colorado
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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166 reviews 166 reviews
94 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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brooklyn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The trail to the Ice Caves/Grotto entrance is very short. It doesn't look like you can easily get down into it, but it is possible and not too scary. The inside is relatively small, but gorgeous. This is a fun activity to fill an hour or so, especially in the afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were driving on Independence Pass and seen the signs for the grotto and knew that it was a must from reading reviews! This was a very easy trail for us with our 4 kids (ages 2-8). You will need some hiking experience if you'd like to go into the grotto, or at least when we were there you did... More 

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San Francisco, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our total trip was maybe 30-45 minutes, with the hike taking a total of 10-15 if you don't stop. We came here for the ice caves but it was all melted by now (August). Even so, we were able to climb down into the "caves" to explore a bit, and then walked along the river watching and listening to the... More 

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Edinburg, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This spot was so neat! The trail to see the grottos was short and easy. The ice cave was so cool to see. We saw this massive block of ice in the cave in Mid July. The creek has carved out beautiful formations in the rock and is a site that you must see to believe. This is a must-see... More 

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