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, running, 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.

Length0.6 miElevation gain29 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsRunningCaveForestRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlife
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Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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.

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Annabelle Loewy
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If I t snowed before you came, wear snow proof shoes! Amazing! The trails are so well done we identified them even covered in snow we found it. We did it in a stroller! Getting into the ice caves requires a bit of physical activity. #gltmomtip

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Amber Makhani
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Great easy hike! It’s hard to get to the cave but the whole place was covered in snow super beautiful. Found a waterfall in the near distance and sat and took a little break there. Nice relaxing hike.

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Cate Shipley
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Priyanka J
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Nice trail, kids can play in water, slide down the rocks.. fun place for family

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Angi Laskowski
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Walking

We stopped to use restroom and decided to adventure out. What a lucky stop!! The kids (10 & 15) had an absolute blast crawling into the ice caves, hiking over to the cascades, and playing in the water. We spent unexpected 2-3 hours here and had such an awesome experience.

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millie b
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Michael McWhorter
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Hiking

Not much of a hike, but a very cool area with unique rock formations. Take the time to stop!

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Peter Evans
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Hiking

Great for little kids!

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Jenni C
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Hiking

really great trail! i highly recommend it. like others have said, it’s a short trail but packed with sights. it was a lot of fun climbing down into the ice caves.

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Jeff Ketchum
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Steph S.
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Hiking

Short, easy, but packed with cool views! Love the stream at the end.

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Debbie Slavinski
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First time at the Grottos on 9/23/20 and loved it! Easy short hike to the Ice Caves and the Grottos! Amazing blue water and waterfalls! Parking can be an issue. Nice there was a bathroom and picnic area!

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Erin Kennedy
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Awesome all around. Short and sweet. Parking can be limited. Highly recommend.

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Karen Henderson
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Road biking

Nice diversion on the way to Aspen on Independence Pass.

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Chant Oh
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Hiking

Beautiful and fun! Climbed down the ice caves and felt like a fantasy land!

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Noelle Reed
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely beautiful place. Pay attention to the turnoff because it could be easy to miss, and parking is pretty limited. But it's a very short trail and you get to see so much. The grottos are really cool to see, they look like art. The highlight is definitely the cascades. Even though this is a really short trail, wear your good shoes because if you want to climb around at the cascades some of the rocks are very smooth and slippery even if they are dry. Highly recommend a stop here if you are in the area!

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Ganesh Ramachandran
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pranaya subba
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HikingGreat!

Super short easy stroll. View of the river up and down is super awesome. Happy strolling.

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Josh Josh Manning
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John Cardwell
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Hiking

Very cool and super easy. Go early to avoid crowds. Needless to say there is no social distancing in any caves, caverns, or grottoes, so plan accordingly. Getting down into the grottoes involves one semi-sketchy step down onto a makeshift 'staircase' of a few loose stumps on top of one another. Was easy for us but some people with small children strapped to their backs were nervous, which is reasonable. The grottoes themselves are really neat. Not too deep in length, maybe could only go about 40ft until we reached an impassable section of water. Bring water shoes and you can go further, no clue how much further though. Worth it to go on top of the grottoes section after to look down into the crack, and to continue to the nice waterfalls section. All in all, a great hour-or-so stop along the way to Aspen.

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jerry gaubert
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Hiking

As others note, short but very sweet. Great little family trail. Easy to navigate and amazing sites. Definitely recommend stopping for this one.

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Danny C
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WalkingMuddy

Went here October 2019. it’s amazing but be sure that you are dressed well. It can be cold after 2 pm.

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Big John
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HikingGreat!

Amazing. Nothing short of intense. Easy trail but phenomenal environment.

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Alejandra Domínguez
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Hiking

Muy corto. Vale l pena la parada para entrar dentro de la cueva. Espectacular.

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Sean Dennis
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Hiking

Easy and lots of stuff to look at. Great for the whole family.

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tricia peterson
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Hiking

Great trail. Fun area to explore with the kids! Our 5yo and 8yo loved the ice caves.

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Debbie Shaw
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George Hruza
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Short, but sweet and beautiful!

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