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Grottos Trail

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Address: Highway 82, Aspen, CO 81611
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Easy hike to the Falls and trail

If you turn left before bridge over the creek, the falls are just a short easy walk. There is a picnic bench if you want to bring lunch. You'll need to back track back to the... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2016
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

If you turn left before bridge over the creek, the falls are just a short easy walk. There is a picnic bench if you want to bring lunch. You'll need to back track back to the bridge and cross over to check out the Grottos. The top of the Grottos are easy to get to but to get inside takes... More 

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Michigan
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

A must see if in Aspen. As another stated, do not go by GPS instruction, just follow signs. It is 9.9 miles from Aspen on CO 82. There are a number of trails that you can choose from depending on how intense a hike you want but there were people from 2 to 80 years old on the trails. My... More 

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Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Don't listen to your GPS is she lies to you and claims it's less than 2 miles from Aspen. It's closer to 9 miles up Independence Pass. It was worth it; I'd go again with guests. Easy but the ice caves require some sure-footedness.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 9 December 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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Reviewed 1 December 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 

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Aspen, Colorado
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Reviewed 27 October 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 

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Morgan Hill, California
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Reviewed 23 October 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!!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed 20 October 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 

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Natchitoches, Louisiana
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Reviewed 30 September 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!

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Fountain, Colorado
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Reviewed 30 September 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 

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