Discover the Maroon Bells & Book Your Trip
Explore Aspen’s Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in North America, and discover how a journey through over 300 million years of jagged stone inspires travelers from around the world to Defy Ordinary. 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.
Maroon Creek Road to Maroon Bells is closed for the winter season
Parking & Shuttle reservations are required May-October, 2021. Reservations will be available in April 12, 2021.
Around Maroon Bells
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. With six scenic hiking trails, various camping sites and biking paths, visitors can enjoy multiple ways to access Aspen’s natural marvels and endless mountain adventure any time of year.
Get out for a Maroon Bells hike with six pet-friendly trails of varying lengths that will guide you to the perfect picnic spot alongside fields of wildflowers and the pristine Maroon Lake.
Experience a night under the stars in the Maroon Creek Valley at one of the three campgrounds available during the summer season:Silver Bar Campsite, Silver Bell Campsite, and Silver Queen Campsite. Backcountry campingis also available for travelers ready to take on the rough mountain terrain and discover the untamed, beautiful wilderness of Aspen’s Maroon Bells.
Maroon Lake is the anchor to Maroon Bells. Arrive by bus, bike or car and this glassy landmark will be the first to greet you. The mountainous peaks paired with the lake’s glossy reflection create a breathtaking scene that have manifestly held the title for the most photographed mountains in the country. Snap your picture-perfect shot and share it with us by tagging @VisitAspen.
How to Get There
Travel by bus, by car or by bike to the Maroon Bells with ease using these tips. We encourage you to arrive by bus or by bike for the most convenient, cost-effective and eco-friendly experience.
MAROON BELLS TIPS
Let us share what the locals know. The following are a few tips to give you the greatest possible Maroon Bells experience.
Top 5 Insider's Tips
Top 5 tips to make the most out of your trip to the Maroon Bells.
Important tips and rules from expert local trail riders to ensure we maintain a respectful right to the great outdoors.
A Tip from Local Christy Mahon
Maroon Bells is one of Christy Mahon's 5 Favorite Things to do.
Aspen to Crested Butte Hike Guide
There are three routes hikers can take between Aspen to Crested Butte, but the two most common are West Maroon and East Maroon Pass.
ADVENTURE BY SEASON
These stunning, wine-colored peaks are our number one summer destination. For the best visitor experience we recommend visiting mid-week and utilizing the bus.
Leaf peepers should visit September to mid-October. Peak foliage is often the third week in September but varies year-to-year.
Cross-country ski, snowmobile or hike the snow-packed road to Maroon Lake. Maroon Creek Road is closed from mid-November to Memorial Day weekend. Be aware of avalanche risks.
Enjoy open meadows, abundant wildlife, and lakeside sunrises, in spring when it can feel like you have the peaks all to yourself. Check the Maroon Bells Hotline for up-to-date road conditions.