Maroon Bells

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  • Address: Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: 8 USD
  • Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Family And Kids, Peak

Maroon Bells are the two peaks in the Elk Mountain range. These peaks are the epitome of the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The scenic beauty surrounding these peaks is one of the most widely photographed in North America. These peaks are the most frequented tourist spot in Aspen. Spring, summer and fall seasons see nature trails and hiking near these peaks. In winter, the road to these peaks is closed due to snowfall so these trails are accessed by snow mobile or cross-country skiing. There are wildflower fields around the peaceful Maroon Lake. This lake reflects the twin peaks in its silent waters all year long. In autumn, the lake almost looks like it’s on fire thanks to the reflection of the fall colours from the nearby trees. There are camping spots available here. Almost every inch of the trails around these peaks are picture worthy. This means that you should not forget to carry your camera when paying the hills a visit.

Maroon Bells Travel Tips

  • Check out the opening dates for the summer trails.
  • Private vehicles are restricted entry in the summer season when buses ply on the route to Maroon Bells.
  • Book your camping spot in advance as this is the most popular destination in Aspen.
  • Take care not to disturb the vegetation on the trails.
  • Dogs are allowed on the trails.

Entrance Ticket Details For Maroon Bells

  • Children (6-16 years) : 6 USD

How to Reach Maroon Bells

  • You can hire a car to get here. Buses are available from Aspen/ Snowmass to Highlands. Another bus will drop you from Four-Mountain Sports to Maroon Bells.

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  • Maroon Bells Address: Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA, United States
  • Maroon Bells Timing: 24-hrs
  • Maroon Bells Price: 8 USD
  • Best time to visit Maroon Bells(preferred time): 09:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Time required to visit Maroon Bells: 06:00 Hrs
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  • 75.92% of people who visit Aspen include Maroon Bells in their plan

  • 49.04% of people start their Maroon Bells visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Maroon Bells

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

83.93% of people prefer walking in order to reach Maroon Bells

People normally club together The Club At Crested Butte and T-lazy-7 Snowmobiles while planning their visit to Maroon Bells.

People also prefer to start their day with Maroon Bells.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Maroon Bells Reviews & Ratings

  • One of the most beautiful places I've been to so far. We parked and took the shuttle which costs 8 dollars per person. The shuttle wasn't crowded at all. The driver on the way up points out interesting sites and gave a lot of helpful information. He also sang a few songs. He pointed out a few areas where avalanches have occurred. It was amazing to see all the trees laying over that were knocked down by the avalanche. At the drop off point it is a short walk to Maroon Lake where the views are already amazing. It was sunny when we got there and within 5 minutes the clouds rolled in and it poured for about 10 minutes. We took shelter under the roof for the restrooms. After 10 minutes the sun came back out. The hike back to Crater Lake is beautiful. A little over 3 miles. The trail had quite a few people on it but nothing too bad. It's not a difficult trail to hike. The end results are amazing you won't be disappointed!

  • Wonderful hiking in spring, summer and autumn. The views are stunning and there are plenty of trails to choose from. Great photography here! If you enter before 8 am or after 5 pm, then you can drive up in your own car. Otherwise you can park at the Aspen Highlands Ski Area and take the bus to/from Maroon Bells. (Continuous bus service starts at 8:05 am, the last bus departs to the Maroon Bells at 4:30pm and returns to Highlands from the Maroon Bells at 5:00pm)

  • Most photographed place in Colorado (I would rate top 5 in US). We visited this place in September’s last weekend. It was full of yellow aspen. The Fall colors definitely add to its beauty, but the centre of attraction are the Maroon Peaks. Amazing views. It was a bit windy and chilly until 12 pm.

  • Got to experience this amazing place at the peak of fall colors. I have never seen such a beautiful place before and it was honestly breathtaking. Grateful for everything I saw, and the bus driver from the bus tour we took before we went back up, the one from Brookyln. He was hilarious and I genuinely enjoyed that too.

  • One of the Park Rangers, young man in his 30s, ginger beard, was very helpful and willing to hike a couple miles in the dark to find our friend. It didn't come to that, but he was more than willing to go the extra mile. Thank you for that, it was greatly appreciated.

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  • Will be in Aspen pm of 7/1 all day 7/2. Shuttle buses to Maroon Bells, where do they leave from, how much, do we need to make a reservation, how often do they run, how much time should we allow for Maroon Bells,where can we get a trails map?

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    • As far as I know shuttle buses from Aspen to Maroon Bells depart at least every 30 minutes between 8 am to 4.30 pm. I do not think you need to buy tickets in advance, but if you are visiting Maroon Bells during the peak tourist season, you can check if tickets are available online or if there are any points from where you can buy tickets in advance. 

      The time you spend exploring Maroon Bells depends upon which trail you are opting for. If you are going for simpler trails like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then I think you will hardly need a couple of hours. But, as I said, it depends on how much time you want to spend here. Maps can be found online or you can check if there are any visitors centers around. 

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