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Aspen Chamber Resort Association

Grottos Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: None
High Point: 9,600 Feet (2926.1 Meters)
Length: Varies
Pets: Yes - Leash required
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 2181
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle




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General Description

The grottos formed by the rushing water of the Roaring Fork river are one of many sights to see along Independence Pass
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
The grottos formed by the rushing water of the Roaring Fork river are one of many sights to see along Independence Pass
This is a popular area for picnicking and exploring. There is a waterfall, some interesting rock formations, an ice cave, and numerous short trails. This is a great area for families.

The main hiking trail crosses the bridge and heads to the left.
a)The easiest is 30 yards past the bridge on the right of the Old Stage Road. A picnic site is at the end near the river.
b)The intermediate trail is on the left just before the bridge. It is 200 yards long and follows the Roaring Fork River upstream. There is a picnic site at the end suitable for large groups.
c)The longest and most challenging trail is the Old Stage Road 100 yards past the bridge on the left. This is a scenic trail with a fishing dock and streamside picnic tables.

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through September (NOTE: Snow may prevent access to this trail - Independence Pass is closed during the Winter months.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:36:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Roaring Fork River
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Grottos Trail
Yes
ICON Picnicking This scenic day use area has several picnic tables along the river.
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery The river, rock formations and surrounding mountains are beautiful.
Yes



Related Activities
Grottos Day Use Area - This is a popular area for picnicking and exploring. There is a waterfall, some interesting rock formations, an ice cave, and numerous short trails. This is a great area for families.

Independence Pass Area - The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen, between town and Independence Pass. This area offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic setting.



More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions

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