If chasing waterfalls and exploring caves are on the top of your to-do list, prepare to have your breath taken away. Snuggled in the Rocky Mountains, The Grottos Trail in Colorado boasts an ice cave and waterfalls. It's a walk in the park adventure that'll cure your outdoor cravings.
With waterfalls, pools, a cave, and towering boulders, this spot is a natural gem worth seeking out.
You can visit year-round; however, summer and fall are the best seasons to get your alfresco fix.
To get there, you'll want to drive nine-miles east on Highway 82 from Aspen and continue about one-mile past Weller Campground to a trailhead on the right side. From there, you can find free parking.
Grottos Trail branches out to three areas so you can take your time exploring each one.
The shortest path takes you across a bridge and to the left where you can wind down by the water and have a picnic. It's the best place to have lunch with a view.
A breathtaking waterfall that cascades into blue water pools sounds like a trip for the books.
If you happen to go right at the bridge, a rocky path will lead you to a massive ice cave hidden behind boulders. It's such a beautiful sight.
During winter, the stunning grotto features icicles that look like something out of Harry Potter. Maybe you'll see a mountain troll on your visit, if not, even better.
Old Stage Trail is the longest of the three paths, and it'll take you the banks of Lincoln Creek. So no matter which way you go, you'll be transported to a magical land with unbelievable sights.
And if you're friends are busy, you can bring your pupper along for the journey of a lifetime. Just be sure that they are kept on a leash at all times.
If wandering to hidden gems in your state is your favorite pastime, this charming scene will surely leave you speechless.
The Grottos Trail
Location: 26692 CO-82, Aspen, CO
Why you need to go: You can wander through a cave and get sights of a stunning waterfall.
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