Visit the Maroon Bells Year-Round
The Maroon Bells are two 14,000' peaks located near Aspen, Colorado. These two spectacular fourteeners, a mountaineering term for peaks whose summits lie at or around 14,000 feet, are said to be the two most photographed peaks in all of North America. Though the summertime is the most popular season to visit the Maroon Bells, you can make the journey up to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells any time of the year.
As the Central Reservations for Aspen and Snowmass, Stay Aspen Snowmass is the local expert not only in both luxury and affordable Aspen Snowmass lodging, but also in creating memorable vacation experiences for couples, families, and large groups looking to make a visit to the Maroon Bells a part of their vacations. Below are ideas on how to enjoy a Maroon Bells visit any time of the year.
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|Winter||Riding a snowmobile is possibly the most fun way to get to Maroon Lake using motorized equipment. Snowmobile tours to the Maroon Bells are offered at T-Lazy-7 Ranch, past Aspen Highlands ski area and at the Maroon Creek Road winter closure gate.|
|Spring||Enjoy sunshine and spring temperatures while snowshoeing or cross country skiing to Maroon Lake. From the winter closure gate, follow Maroon Creek Road for approximately six miles more to the Maroon Bells Recreation Area. If cross country skiing, the descent will be quick, depending upon snow conditions. If snowshoeing, get out early, and pack a lunch, plenty of water, and snacks, as the trek is twelve miles round trip.|
|Summer||During the summertime, many Maroon Bells visitors take the bus tour that leaves from the Aspen Highlands Village bus stop several times throughout the day. The Maroon Bells bus tour is an educational experience that imparts interesting geological and ecological facts. Learning more about the local area through the facts collected during the bus tour allows visitors to view the Maroon Bells with a more appreciative perspective.|
|Fall||Riding a bike to the Maroon Bells in the fall is a spectacular experience, as the aspen trees transform the mountain landscape when they turn from a vibrant green to a bright gold. The bike ride is primarily uphill on the way to Maroon Lake, and a fast descent on the way back to Aspen, making for a bike ride that is approximately sixteen miles round trip.|
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