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Visit Maroon Bells

Aspen, Colorado Summer 2014

Maroon Bells Information

The Maroon Bells, surrounded by pristine National Forest lands, are the most photographed peaks in all of North America. Here you can explore the glacial valley while surrounded by 14,000 - foot peaks. Maroon Lake, surrounded by fields of wildflowers, mirrors images of the Maroon Bells in it's waters.

Maroon Bells has limited accessibility by car but there are bus tours running throughout the day for the summer season. The road is open to all Non-Motorized forms of transportation at no charge. (bicycles, skateboarders, hikers, rollerbladers, etc...). The road up to the Maroon Bells is closed in the winter. You can hike on this road in the winter but it is a 12 mile round trip to make it to the lake. If you want to see the Maroon Bells in the winter time your best bet is to take a snowmobile tour


Opened May 16, 2014

Previous years: May 21, 2013 


Now closed.

Previous Years: November 15, 2014 & November 15, 2013

How to get there from Aspen, Snowmass or Downvalley

From either Aspen or Snowmass the easiest way to get to the Maroon Bells is by bus. From Aspen take the Castle/Maroon bus from Rubey Park to Highlands. If you are coming from Snowmass or Downvalley just go directly to Highlands and park for free. At Highlands you will need to buy tickets at Four-Mountain Sports for the bus tour to Maroon Bells. The bus will pick you up right outside Four-Mountain Sports and drive you to the Maroon Bells.

Bus Information

You must catch the bus to the Maroon Bells at Aspen Highlands. Dogs are allowed on the bus. You can drive to Aspen Higlands or take a bus from downtown Aspen to Aspen Highlands. If you have questions regarding the bus service please call RFTA (Roaring Fork Transit Authority) at 970.925.8484.

Maroon Bells Bus Tour from Aspen Highlands to the Maroon Bells
Bus Season:Mid June - Labor Day daily
After Labor Day - Early October, 2014 Weekends Only! Saturday & Sunday
Departure Location:Outside Four-Mountain Sports at the base of Aspen Highlands
Departure Time:From 9:05 am to 2:00 pm: Every 20 minutes
From 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm: On the hour and half hour
Last Bus departs Maroon Lake Day Use Area at 5:00 pm
2014 Rates:Adults $6; Children 6-16 $4; Seniors $4; Children 5 and under are Free
A $0.50 Forest Service recreation fee is part of the $6 adult and $4 senior RFTA bus fee. This fee goes towards repairs, maintenance, improvements, and education.
Ticket Purchase:Four-Mountain Sports in Aspen Highlands Village
Rubey Park Transit in Aspen
Aspen Mountain Gondola Ticket Office in Aspen
Where to Park:All vehicles may park for free at Aspen Highlands Village Parking Lot
Castle Ridge / Maroon Bells Bus from Aspen to Aspen Highlands. This bus will get to you the parking lot at Aspen Highlands where you can then catch a bus to the Maroon Bells.
Bus Season:Year Round
Departure Location:Rubey Park, Aspen
Departure Time:Three times every hour, :00 :20 :40
2014 Rates:Free

Map of the Aspen Highlands where you park to catch the bus.

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Driving to the Maroon Bells/Vehicle Pass Information

There is a $10 recreation use fee for driving to the Maroon Bells. If you have these season passes you will not need to pay the fee. The National Parks pass WITH a Golden Eagle Sticker, Golden Access, America the Beautiful and Maroon Bells Passes allow access to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area for the season. Passes are not valid when the road is restricted to motorized vehicles from 9am - 5pm.

You can not drive to the Maroon Bells from 9am - 5pm. You must take the bus. Exceptions for driving to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area are:

  • From 5:00 pm - 9:00 am the road is open to vehicles with $10 recreation use fee.
  • Vehicles with Handicap placard or license plate.
  • Vehicles with 11 people or more.
  • Vehicles with infants that require a restraining child seat (not a booster seat).
  • People camping at Silver Bar, Silver Bell & Silver Queen Campgrounds.
  • Horse trailers.

Depending on dates of travel

  • After Labor Day - October 5, 2014 you can drive Monday - Thursday any time.
  • October 5, 2014 - until weather permits you can drive any day of the week.

Last Minute Lodging Specials

The best Last-Minute Lodging Specials in Aspen & Snowmass for arrival within the next week. Don't forget to book your lodging before you visit the Maroon Bells.

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