Hiking to the Grottos
Hiking to the Grottos information
One of the most popular summer playgrounds in Aspen, the area is accessed via a complex of short trails (most about half a mile in length) that sprout from old Weller Station on the original Independence Pass wagon road, leading to waterfalls and sculpted gorges. The shortest, wheelchair-accessible trail visits a series of thundering falls and swimming holes on the Roaring Fork River.
On the opposite bank, the Old Stage Road leads upstream to Lincoln Creek, and an offshoot heads to unique water-carved slots known locally as the Ice Caves. These are worth hunting for. Head up Independence Pass east of town for nine miles on Hwy 82 and look for a 'Trailhead' sign on the right-hand side of the road, nearly a mile after passing Weller Campground. Leave your car or bike in the small parking area and start exploring. Be warned: the rocks are slippery and the water icy. Deaths are not frequent, but have been known to happen.