Explore the Devil's Punch Bowl

Colorado Devil's Punch Bowl

Added by Paul Kestel

Amazing views of the most Blue water you will every see with awesome scenic views for photos. Also a great place to pack a lunch and sit back and enjoy the sound of the water rushing over the rocks, which is not far from the pull off area.

The Roaring Fork River has several little waterfalls the ends 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 at 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 know now 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.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Swimsuit (warmer months)
Read More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Rating:

Features:

Cliff Jumping
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Waterfall

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

17 days ago

Really cool place to hang out

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

17 days ago

3 months ago

Beauty

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.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Nice stop along Highway 82

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.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Awesome cliff jump

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!

5 months ago

10 months ago

Go Right Now

Really cool spot, definitely worth the stop especially since it's right off of independence pass. There are a couple spots to cliff jump, the highest at about 30 ft right where the water enters the punchbowl. I went and jumped in September and if you can stand the cold go for gold. Also super neat even if you're not jumping.

10 months ago

Added by Paul Kestel

More Adventures Nearby

Stay the Night in an Off-Grid Cabin in Fairplay, CO

Colorado / Coors Court

This will be an amazing experience for anyone that books this cabin, guaranteed. It's the perfect size with a kitchen, living room, bunk beds, and back porch.

Korey Taylor
2 Saves

Summit Mt. Toll

Colorado / Brainard Lake Recreational Area Winter Lot

This hike starts at the Mitchell Lake trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area - keep in mind that during the Summer months its a $10 entry fee to drive directly to the parking lot at the trail.

Charles Buscemi
2 Saves

Hike to Helen Hunt Falls & Silver Cascades

Colorado / Helen Hunt Falls Trailhead

Park at the log-cabin visitor's center on North Cheyenne Canyon Rd just before it turns into Gold Camp Rd. I definitely recommend arriving early, as the parking lot fills up quickly.

Jake Sells
4 Saves