Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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Hearts race and palms sweat as thrill seekers peer over the edge. The anxiety before the 20-foot plunge into Devils Punchbowl is washed away when cliff jumpers hit the ice cold emerald water below.

The natural swimming hole carved out by the Roaring Fork River is accessed from a pullout west of The Grottos Day Use Area near mile marker 51 off of Highway 82 east of Aspen. The nearly vertical cliffs that make up the "punchbowl" are an ideal feature for adrenaline junkies to get their free-fall fix.

From the parking area, head down toward the river and cross on the large boulders. Walk up the hill to one of a few spots, scout out a landing, and make the leap. Watch out for a large submerged boulder that can easily be seen through the clear water. Exiting the cold water is easiest on the highway side of the punchbowl.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are several spots across from the Devils Punchbowl to watch cliff jumpers. Exercise extreme caution if choosing to jump.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Not Required


Easy access. Geological feature. People watching.


Limited parking. Cliff jumping can be dangerous.


Sensitive Habitat


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado
Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado


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