Grottos Trail - Aspen, CO - Quiet wading pools and sandy beach that is accessible by wheelchair


Grottos Trail is a short looped trail that is not quite a mile in length. Approximately ten miles south of Aspen, Colorado is the Roaring Fork River which spills into the Grottos Loop Trail. Near the Grottos are pools that form over the smooth boulders and form a quiet wading area and sandy beach. The trail is recommended for a day hike and small children are welcome. The trail is even wheelchair accessible but safety measures should be taken to prevent a fall into the boulders or river. There are no guardrails near the Grottos and children should be supervised by an adult.

The site is popular and can be crowded on weekends. It is recommended that visitations to the Grottos take place mid-week to avoid the added impact on the area. The open season runs from June to October weather permitting.

The elevation gain is minimal. The trailhead elevation begins at 10,000 feet and reaches its peak at 10,020 feet. The trail is smooth and easy to travel. Throughout the winter the trail and Grottos are closed due to inclement weather conditions and slippery terrain. Hikers from all over the Aspen and Colorado region travel to the Grottos Trail for weekend fun and adventure with the children.

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