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Devil's Punch Bowl

Aspen, Colorado

based on 7 reviews


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Added by Paul Kestel

Devil's Punch Bowl provides amazing views of the most blue water you will ever see! This is also a great place to pack a lunch and sit back while enjoying the sound of the water rushing over the rocks.

The Roaring Fork River has several little waterfalls that end up in a deep swimming hole called The Devil's Punch Bowl. This is a must-see if you are driving up to the Independence Pass. I have never seen such blue water before (outside of an amusement park). 

While Driving from Aspen on CO82 towards Independence Pass there is a small pull-off that is not marked on the right side of the road (39.119709, -106.708672). You can park there and hike down the rocks about 200 ft to the Devil's Punch Bowl (39.119373, -106.708237). 

Use caution as you approach the edge, this is a 25 ft drop off to the water. I understand that this is used as a swimming hole in warmer months. I now know why no one was swimming when we were there. The water was freezing! I slipped off a snow-covered rock and fell into the river up to my knees. I saved my camera that I was holding but my legs and shins didn't fare so well.

I used a wide-angle lens (Nikon 14-24mm) so I could capture all of the rocks surrounding the pool of water.

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Devil's Punch Bowl Reviews

Devils punchbowl and the Grottos make for a great visit on Independence Pass. The Ice Caves are can't miss and are awesome to see in the summer. Lots of waterfalls and other rushing rapids here.

I love this place and visits it every time I'm in aspen. A very fun cliff jump with some perfect take offs. Only thing I don't like about this place is how busy it's starting to get.

This location is right off the road but there aren't as many people as you would think lingering. its a nice walk and checking out the pools is a must

We all hiked to the other side, on top, and all around. We went to the other side of the opening of the fall, It's simply beautiful. We spent 2 hours there.

As if driving along Highway 82 wasn't beautiful enough, this quick stop provided a totally different adventure. We went in the fall, so we didn't go swimming. But I can easily see why this would be a popular summer spot to beat the heat.

This place is awesome, close to downtown and right off of the road. We first went in June and there was still way too much water flowing through the river to swim. Went back early August and it was a perfect pool. Definitely the coldest water I have ever been in!

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