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Maroon Bells

Maroon Creek Road | Aspen, CO | Official website
Maroon Bells Photo info
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  • Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 5.0 (5.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Rising more than 14,000 feet, these twin peaks are a favorite spot for hikers and wildlife-watchers, boasting beautiful vistas and breathtaking scenery. In fact, Maroon Bells' jagged peaks and multicolored slopes make it one of the most photographed sites in Colorado. The surrounding area features numerous trails and campsites, granting you a variety of viewing points from which you can capture the perfect shot.

Whether you choose to head toward the summit or to lazily stroll around the beaver-laden Maroon Lake, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your Aspen trip. "Maroon Bells was simply beautiful," one TripAdvisor user said. "The short hike around the lake offered views that inspired in every direction. Great place to take the family and 'hiking pet.'"

You can technically visit Maroon Bells free of charge, but if you plan on driving to the trails, expect to pay a $10 vehicle fee. Recent visitors also recommend that you get there early, as you won't be allowed to enter with your car between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can save a couple bucks by taking the bus from downtown Aspen; the Roaring Fork Transit Authority Cars offers guided bus tours every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and every 30 minutes between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Previous visitors were highly impressed with the information provided by the bus tours, with many people saying that this is the best way to reach Maroon Bells. Bus transport costs $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children ages 6 to 16 (children 5 and under can ride for free. For more information, visit the official website.

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