Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a caving grotto?

A: A caving grotto is a local community of cavers that plan cave trips and work on caving projects together. At Colorado Western Slope Grotto, we focus on recreational and project caving, cave surveying, conservation, and advocacy. Our grotto provides a platform for members to explore caves, share knowledge, and contribute to cave preservation.

Q: How can I join the Colorado Western Slope Grotto?

A: Joining is straightforward. Visit our membership page for details on requirements, application processes, and membership fees. Whether you're a seasoned caver or a beginner, we welcome all cavers.

Q: Do I need any prior experience in caving to join?

A: No prior experience is necessary. We cater to all levels, from beginners to experienced cavers, and provide training and support to new members.

Q: What kind of activities does the grotto organize?

A: Our activities include a range of caving experiences, from casual exploration to more structured project caving. We also engage in cave surveying and various conservation efforts, along with educational outreach programs.

Q: What equipment do I need for caving?

A: Basic caving equipment includes a helmet, headlamp, 2 additional lights, durable clothing, and sturdy footwear. For more specialized activities, additional gear may be required. We have a page dedicated to guidance on gear selection.

Q: How often does the grotto meet and where?

A: We hold monthly remote meetings and organize regular caving trips. Meeting locations are shared with members via our website and newsletters.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for joining the grotto?

A: While we welcome cavers of all ages, certain activities may have age restrictions for safety reasons. Please check with us for specific event guidelines.

Q: How does the grotto promote cave conservation?

A: We are committed to preserving caves. Our efforts include educating members and the public on responsible caving practices, participating in cleanup projects, providing funding for conservation efforts, and advocating for cave protection.

Q: What safety measures are in place for caving trips?

A: Safety is paramount. We adhere to strict safety protocols, provide safety training to our members, and ensure experienced cavers lead all trips.

Q: Can non-members participate in grotto events?

A: Non-members are welcome to participate in select events. We recommend joining a meeting for more information on grotto cave trips. Most members will take you caving once or twice as a non-member however if you are joining several caving trips then it's time to join the grotto as a member.