The Grottos Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Directions from Aspen: Drive nine miles east of Aspen on Highway 82. Continue driving past Weller Campground .9 miles to a sign marked Trailhead on the right. Turn here, drive about 200 feet to the parking area.

1 month ago

Super easy hike. Gorgeous views!

Worthwhile! Great lunch spot followed by a rewarding and short walk. We didn’t make it to the end- just did the loop and still lots to see.

hiking
2 months ago

Really unique area to explore! Not a real hike but definitely still worth a stop.

2 months ago

Definitely worth a stop! The waterfall alone is worth the short walk. There are also picnic tables right at the parking lot next to the stream for an easy picnic lunch. Parking lot is one minute from the road at the most....

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely views of the river and cascades- lots of picturesque scenes. Not a long or challenging hike- you’d mostly be going for the views!

hiking
3 months ago

It’s fine. Not a hike. A great spot to stop, have some lunch, and dip your toes in the refreshing mountain water. Very poorly marked trails, so you just kinda wander around.

hiking
3 months ago

Great stop for kids to explore.

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy and short hike to amazing views. Absolutely gorgeous! Waterfalls, river, tons of beautiful rocks, even a cave to go down into. Great places to have a picnic too! Favorite hike so far!

hiking
4 months ago

Such a dope area to explore, saw some jerrys wearing helmets going down into the ice caves but I guess better safe than sorry. Go early to avoid the white people.

4 months ago

Pretty trail but very confusing. There are a lot of trails and we couldn’t find the actual cave till we ran into a park ranger and she told us where to go. We eventually found it not far from the start but would have never found it without the rangers help.

4 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls. Nice hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy hike. If you take the first trail to the left before the bridge, it leads you to a picnic table to view the Cascades. But we went straight crossed the bridge and walked up and over the big rock to find people climbing down into the Grottos. My nine year old climbed down just fine. Hiking up over the grottos we crossed a small bridge that lead us to the upper part of the Cascades waterfall. Nice view. Cold water. Picnic tables around at base of Cascades.

hiking
4 months ago

More of a walk than a hike and was fairly busy. It's an easy one but with some great highlights. The trail is kind of hard to follow exactly because there's so many well worn off shooting paths. Try and stay on trail as much as you can to get to the Grottos/ice caves. From there, keep going straight, cross the bridge, then stay slightly left/straight (don't go right) to reach the Cascades (very pretty waterfall that has multiple pools and levels). It's such a short, easy hike that you're unlikely to get lost if you follow the numerous trails, it just makes it more time consuming to find the sights you're there for.
Would definitely recommend going early because the parking lot gets kind of full. Plus, it will be less crowded earlier in the day.

walking
5 months ago

more of a walk than a hike. worth it for the scenery

5 months ago

Waterfall was tricky to find, take a left after the bridge & go up and over the rocks until you see a picnic table by the water & then there’s a clearly marked trail or take the easy level path BEFORE the bridge

5 months ago

take the left fork after the bridge for the caves and use mosquitos repellent. several mosquitos got me good.

walking
6 months ago

Embarrassing, but I was a little confused. I parked, crossed the bridge, and followed the trail over the bridge. Lots of fallen trees and it ended at the river across from the campground. I’m thinking you take a left once you cross the bridge. I did a rock scramble and ended up making it though. Very beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

There are tons of trails that lead all over. Something like a microburst appears to have happened and covered a lot of the designated trail. We found our way. Great hike!

walking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Very easy hike; more of a walk. Beautiful, though! We got there early on a Saturday & there weren’t a lot of people.

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ok yes this is really more "sightseeing" than "hiking". But it is one of my new favorite spots in Colorado! It's absolutely beautiful and interesting. You can't take a bad photo here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

It's more of a playground than a hike...I'll go back when there's ice in the ice caves!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Beautiful easy walk with wheelchair accessibility on the south side to the falls.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Very heavily trafficked right off the road, lots of
Kids, would be a very nice place to take a family and picnic but don't expect much past that.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Cool trail where you can climb down into the caves. Great creek you can hike along as well. Not much elevation change, but great scenery.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Be sure to climb down to the ice caves.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The ice caves were really cool to go exploring, but the real view was the river and all of the rocks, absolutely breathtaking.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

We hit this trail on a perfect bluebird day. Busy parking area but we had plenty of room to spread out. Short walk to the cascades for a beautiful view. The kiddo, pup, and parents all enjoyed!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

What a cool area. This is the time of year to come. Heavy parking, be gentle. A bit busy, but enough area to go get away from everyone.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Not so much a hike as it is a very cool scenic walk. You can add some adventure by going down inside the ice caves and playing around amongst the beautiful cascades falls as well.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Great stop on the way to Aspen - more exploring to be done than hiking.

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