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 our best 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 $8 per person, which includes an informative ride to the peaks. These tickets can be purchased at the ticket office in Highlands, Four Mountain Sports or in town at Rubey Park Transit Center.
  • 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 (cash or check only), and parking is available until the lot is full.
  • From June 9 to October 8, 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
    • 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
      • 12 people or more in the same vehicle is $3 per person
    • Campsites
      • Silver Bar
      • Silver Bell
      • Silver Queen


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.
  • Local tour groups offer daily trips throughout the summer.


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