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Grottos Trail

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Address: Highway 82, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445
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Best Picnic Table in Colorado!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 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 and watch carefully for the turnoff to the parking area; the sign comes up quick,... More 

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Southern california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 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 it goes) and like everything there are more people but even on 4th of July... More 

Thank Igetaroundconb
Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 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 water is strong enough to prevent someone beneath the falls from surfacing, so there is... More 

Thank Aspeneyesurgeon
Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Having been to Aspen numerous times,going to the Grottos is always a treat. My advice is to take a picnic lunch and go downstream to get away from the crowds. You can find an amazing tranquil setting to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Highly recommended!!

Thank William L
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This was a nice hike to the cascades. We really enjoyed the view. It would have been nice to take a picnic and enjoy it by the rustling water. The trails are pretty well identified, but it is easy to get off track if you aren’t paying attention.  We looked for the ice caves forever it seemed. When we... More 

Thank ronabelle
Natchitoches, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Staying in Aspen, I took a day to hike and photograph the Grottos. This is a very special place, and well worth the trip there. It's just past the 50 mile marker coming from Aspen, and there is a sign for the pull out. Be sure to go!

Thank robertsmfg
Fountain, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

To us this is more like a place to visit than a trail. That being said ... nice place to visit. After Independence Pass on your way to Aspen stop and visit the Grottos and the Ice caves (somewhere on your left on Highway 82) . We have been to Aspen a few times and we just drove past it,... More 

Thank Ana S
Wildwood, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This trail is an easy hike to see and hear some impressive cascades of the Roaring Fork River, near its origin at Independence Pass. It is always beautiful, best in early summer when you can see blue ice in the cravasses formed during the winter. Fall is spectacular for foliage, but river not nearly as full.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

I had never been to the Grottos as I thought it was just a picnic type spot near the river. But this year decided to check it out. So glad I did. The Ice Caves are neat but I loved being able to get so close to the rushing river near the rocks. Beautiful, intense, and a great place to... More 

Thank PackingIt
Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We stopped here to stretch our legs after coming over Independence Pass. A small but very interesting park on the Roaring Fork River with waterfalls and some ice caves (some scrambling involved to get down into them). Good for a short walk (about a mile circuit).

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