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 for $5/hour, maximum $40/day.
  • Shuttle reservations should be made ahead of time. Make your reservation here. Limited day-of, no-show tickets may be available for a higher price. 
  • Pups are allowed on the Maroon Bells bus! They must be leashed at all times in the Maroon Bells Wilderness and Scenic area. 


By Car: 

  • There is a $10 access-and-entry fee. Reservations must be made online. 
  • Beginning June 7, 2021, 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 Tag us in your Secret Season post on social @AspenCo for a chance to be reposted on our page and website! Stay in the know, sign up for our Monthly Newsletter & keep up-to-date on Aspen events, activities, lodging deals and more.
      • 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. 
  • All bikes are encouraged and expected to adhere to proper bicycling etiquette, including riding single file on the right side of the road (in the direction of traffic) and to wear helmets. 
  • Bikes are available to rent in downtown Aspen and at the Aspen Highlands Base Camp.
  • Local tour groups offer daily trips throughout the summer.
  • Maroon Bells Biking Guidelines


For more information on how to enjoy the Maroon Bells watch our video below or click here



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