The Maroon Bells, a series of distinctively bell-shaped, wine-colored peaks towering 14,000 ft. above the pristine, glacial Maroon Creek Valley, offer some of the most spectacular natural views in the world. From meadows of vibrant wildflowers to airy groves of Aspen trees to summit-based alpine tundra, the Maroon Bells promise a variety of natural habitats and a diverse, vivid representation of the wild Elk Mountain range. Here are our top 5 tips to make the most out of your trip to the Maroon Bells.
*Reservations are required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area and related amenities this year by vehicle or by RFTA shuttle. Make your reservation here.
1. As the most photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells promise premium views and amazing access to Aspen’s natural wilderness. Capture the perfect shot as you wander the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Looking for more Insta-worthy shots? Check out our top 10 Aspen Spots to get the perfect Instagram here.
2. For the most serene (and least crowded) experience, visit on a weekday.
3. The Maroon Bells are conveniently accessible by bus from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 26 through October 22. Make your reservation here.
4. Bring your four-legged friend along for a hike! Other than the scenic loop trail, the hiking trails surrounding the Maroon Bells are pet-friendly, but pets must be on a leash.
5. Call the Maroon Bells Hotline for up-to-date scenic area information at 970-945-3319. The road is approximately open from mid-May through mid-November. For camping and road closure information please call the US Forest Service at 970-925-3445.
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