The Colorado Western Slope Grotto is a member organization of the non-profit National Speleological Society. Founded in Cedaredge, Colorado in 2006 by regional cavers, the grotto currently meets in alternating months in Glenwood Springs and in Rifle.
The grotto is a member organization of the Colorado Cave Survey, the National Speleological Society’s state organization charged with working and negotiating with public and private land owners and cave managers. The Cave Survey manages public access to Colorado’s longest known cave, Groaning Cave, for the White River National Forest and also manages access to Deep Creek Canyon’s LaSunder Cave for the Bureau of Land Management. Access to the privately-owned Fly and Marble Caves near Canon City is also through coordinators with the Cave Survey.
The Colorado Western Slope Grotto is a member of the Fairy Caves Project, the volunteer organization managing caver access to the caves of the privately-owned Glenwood Caverns at Glenwood Springs. The project also coordinates ongoing projects in the caves, including science, exploration, survey, digging and conservation. The grotto also is a member of the Williams Canyon Project of the National Speleological Society. Since 1981, the members of this volunteer project has worked closely with the owners and management of the privately-owned Cave of the Winds and manages caver access to the more than 80 caves of Williams Canyon north of Manitou Springs. The project also directs ongoing non-commercial activities at the caves, including exploration, survey, conservation, digging and science.
The grotto is a partner with Colorado’s state caving journal, the quarterly Rocky Mountain Caving. Published by several Colorado grottoes of the National Speleological Society since 1984, Rocky Mountain Caving is one of western America’s most respected caving journals, reporting on caves, caving and cavers of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Print subscriptions are $25.00 annually, including First-Class Postage. Digital subscriptions begin in 2016.
Persons interested in learning more about caves and caving in Colorado are welcome to attend meetings, which usually begin at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Most meetings include conversation about caves and caving, news and information about past and upcoming cave trips and fellowship with others interested in caving in western Colorado. Contact the Colorado Western Slope Grotto President for information and location for the next meeting.
Annual membership in the Colorado Western Slope Grotto is $5.00 annually. The grotto Treasurer at any meeting can provide full details regarding membership. Members are encouraged to also join the National Speleological Society – membership fees begin at $35.00 annually, with a digital edition of the Society’s monthly NSS News.
Join the Colorado Western Slope Grotto Google Group
Please do not ask for cave locations or provide cave locations through this email group.