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Maroon Bells, Aspen

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Bell-shaped peaks and the distinctive maroon that colors the landscape gives the name to these famous, oft-photographed mountains. Choose from several hiking trails that provide spectacular views Maroon Bells, which measure 4,267 m (14,000 ft) high. Admire the surrounding landscapes of valleys filled with aspen and fir trees. Picturesque Maroon Lake formed from glaciers during the Ice Age sits below the peaks. For the more serious alpinists, take the trail to Crate Lake, 2.4 km (1.5 mi) beyond Maroon Lake. Shuttle buses run daily to the mountains; vehicle access is allowed but be prepared to pay a fee. For Maroon Bells and beyond, use our Aspen road trip planner to get the most from your Aspen vacation.
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  • I just want to tip my TA readers that, since the hiking/camping/adventure season is about to take off again in Colorado, the "Bells" ARE NOT to be trifled with. They are regularly referred to here as ...  more »
  • Bring your snow shoes in the winter but its defintly worth the effort because of the fresh air and especially the views of Marroon Bells.  more »
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  • Maroon Bells - Visit September 2018 during Fall. It's been on my bucket list ever since I first saw a picture from this fantastic place. Finally here but only for one evening/morning, to enjoy The Bell's in all its beauty. I tried from my home in Denmark to read how and what to do, if you want to drive yourself. Not being overwhelmed or not being able to find the information, I decided to make this attempt for a short walk-through. When the road is open (Closed during winter), you can drive your car to the park, but only if you get there before 8 am or after 5 pm. It's mandatory to buy a parking ticket, otherwise your car can get removed/towed. (The Car pass cost $10, and is valid for 5 days) You are NOT guaranteed a parking spot though. When the parking lot is full, it's all over. Arrive early. I would recommend around 6-7 o'clock. Attention: You either buy a car pass ticket at the Welcome Station when its open (I think open hours is 7am -7pm, and Welcome Station is located halfway between the roundabout in Aspen and the Bells), OR you pay at the Self Service Pay Station, right past the Welcome Station on the right side. If you arrive early in the morning (and it's pitch dark), I would recommend a flashlight, a pencil and 10$ (Cash or check) Take an envelope at the self service, fill in your information, and put the envelope and money in the green fee tube. Then drive to the parking lot, find a good spot and wait for the sun to rise. Enjoy ;)
  • It is difficult to say when the timeless beauty of these two sentinels mirrored in the lake is more striking: In the summer, when every hiking trail takes you through fields of wild flowers, in the fall, when tall aspen trees dazzle with a rainbow of fall colors, or in the winter, when snow and ice silence the world. The best photo opportunities are from one of the many hiking trails – access by motor vehicles is limited.

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