Maroon Bells Camping

White River National Forest Permits

Permits for the limited overnight areas for trips occurring Feb. 15-July 31 will be available on beginning at 8 a.m. (MST) on Feb. 15, with limited overnight permits for Aug. 1-Nov. 30 available June 15.

Camping around the Maroon Bells

Stay amidst the natural beauty of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness with a night under the stars at one of the three campgrounds available in the summer. For those who seek adventure and are ready to explore the rugged terrain, backcountry camping is also an option. Reservations are mandatory for both campgrounds and backcountry camping. It's recommended to make reservations in advance, especially during peak season, as campsites can fill up quickly.

Maroon Bells Campgrounds

Backcountry Camping

Limited overnight permits in the most heavily used areas of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness are required and can be found at

Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of all trails, streams, and lakes if you decide to build your own campsite. You must be OUT OF SIGHT when camping in open areas. Above timberline, only stoves are allowed in the alpine tundra.  For more information, contact the Aspen Ranger District at 970-925-3445. 

Bear Resistant Canisters

Bear Resistant Canisters are required for overnight camping in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

Canisters are available at Aspen ExpeditionsUte Mountaineer and Four-Mountain Sports for rent or purchase.

For more information on camping, dispersed camping and backpacking visit the White River National Forest Website, or call 970-925-3445.  Reservations can also be made by contacting the National Camping Reservation Center at 1-877-444-6777

Maroon Bells