The Grottos Trail

EASY 228 reviews
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The Grottos Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

The roads to reach this trailhead are subject to weather related closures. Please check ahead of time.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful area and trail. The ice caves were pretty cool and then the actual waterfalls were beautiful. My husband really enjoyed this hike and so did the kids (4&9).

hiking
3 months ago

Not Colorado’s finest, but still a very pretty stroll. Great hike for beginners!!

hiking
3 months ago

First a note about the trail map - it's wrong. The section on the right side of the map is not part of the Grottos trail. That said, this is just lovely. The power of the water going over the rocks is amazing. The ice caves are like from another planet. A beautiful spot through multiple seasons.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and beautiful little hike with a cave and cascades. A nice way to stretch your legs when driving Independence Pass.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy but beautiful and serene. One of the most accessible but serene and scenic trails in the Rockies. Great place to make a quick hike in for a picnic. Excellent waterfall views and great places to sit and relax. Stream is full of trout and not sure if fishing is allowed or not but if so looks decent.

hiking
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Easy, beautiful walk. we completed it with a baby in an ergo. Short, easy to follow trail with optional rock scramble. The cascades were phenomenal - Gaudi-esque. I only wish it were longer.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful this time of year! Easy hike, well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Short and very easy nice views of the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Great place for the pups to splash in the river

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike. Beautiful glacial rock formations and whitewater/waterfalls. Relatively short, but fun trail for all experience levels.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike for dogs

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Interesting trail because you can see Ice Caves and also a waterfall. Worth checking out.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail for smaller kiddos. Lots to explore, great shade. Water to throw rocks into, some people we’re even swimming. Lots of flat rocks to climb on.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with spectacular scenery. Even the drive from Aspen to the Grotto on CO 82 was breathtaking

hiking
6 months ago

Not many signs to know where you’re going but fun area to explore!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful rock formations- ice cave , cascades. Signage is a bit sparse, but leaves room for exploration!

hiking
washed out
6 months ago

couldn’t get anywhere because trees were down

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

This short little “hike” is pretty easy but does get rocky in parts. I brought my corgi and had to carry him up a few places. But an absolutely beautiful pay-off at the end!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, beautiful views of waterfall and surrounding mountains. You might have to climb over a log and walk through a stream so waterproof shoes or backup socks come in handy.

hiking
off trail
7 months ago

Great hike - options on either side of the river to reach the falls. I say river for what might normally be a creek—- but the massive runoff from the big winter is starting- and the water is running fast and strong . Winter avalanche took out a lot of trail but you can work your way around to reach “caves” on far side of river. Beautiful all around!

hiking
blowdown
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful. We had to hike around a bit to find the ice caves due to avalanche. But, got to climb on some rocks and see the powerful waterfall.

snow
washed out
7 months ago

The ice caves are amazing but be prepared to hike through snow and downed trees to get there. The trail is not visible after you start and it took us about an hour to find the caves. Once inside the views are spectacular but you have to crawl on ice to get into the caves and then slide on your butt to get out. You can not go all the way inside due to melting ice and dangerous conditions. After all the ice melts (most likely later in the summer) the views inside would be breathtaking!

hiking
blowdown
snow
8 months ago

The road is closed thru May, but I parked and hiked on the road to this destination. Even though it’s a short hike, I didn’t get to see any of the rock formations I came to see. I definitely needed snow shoes as I would be walking on top of the snow, then sink to my knee. Like snow quicksand. Also, VERY fresh bear tracks, right at the start of the trail, by the restrooms and over the bridge. In addition there are lots of trees down from maybe avalanche damage? No service and solo were other factors

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