Getting to the Maroon Bells

The most photographed mountains in North America are a must-see to complete your Aspen adventure. The series of distinctive bell-shaped peaks tower at 14,000 feet above the glacial Maroon Valley and offer some of the best views in the world. For the best Maroon Bells experience, here are tips for how to visit Aspen’s main attraction.   


By Bus: 

Getting to the Maroon Bells is most convenient to access by bus.

  • The free Castle/Maroon bus leaves downtown Aspen from the Rubey Park Bus Station every 20 minutes (available 6:20 a.m. – 2 a.m.) and connects to the Maroon Bells shuttle at Aspen Highlands (available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily).
  • Should you wish to drive to Aspen Highlands, limited parking is available; daily and hourly fees are provided below.
  • The fee to ride from Aspen Highlands to the Maroon Bells is $15.95 per person. Reservations must be made ahead of time. Make your reservation here. 
  • Pups are allowed on the Maroon Bells bus! They must be leashed at all times in the Maroon Bells Wilderness and Scenic area. 

Parking at Aspen Highlands (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • FREE / First 30 minutes 
  • $10 per car / 0-3 hours
  • $15 per car / 3-8 hours
  • $30 per car / 8+ hours


By Car: 

  • There is a $10 access-and-entry fee. Reservations must be made online. 
  • Beginning June 28, 2020, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Maroon Bells can only be accessed by public bus. However, there is a vehicle exception to this rule for the following, but you still need to make a reservation
    • Vehicles
      • Valid handicap placard
      • Handicap license plates
      • Disability license plates
      • Permanently disabled national pass
      • Horse trailers
    • People
      • Holders with special-use permits issued by the Forest Service
      • Infants that require a restraining child seat (two-years-old or younger). Booster seats do not qualify
      • 11 people or more in the same vehicle is $3 per person
    • Campsites
      • Silver Bar
      • Silver Bell
      • Silver Queen
  • Before 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. you can drive your own vehicle, but you do still need to make a reservation. 

By Bike

  • The road to the Maroon Bells is a popular cycling route. With a steady eight-mile climb from Highlands to the parking lot, this ride is a perfect intermediate to advanced experience.
  • E-Biking has also become a popular way to enjoy the Maroon Bells. Please bike responsibly. 
  • Local tour groups offer daily trips throughout the summer.
  • Maroon Bells Biking Guidelines 


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