Maroon Bells Reservations

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Permits & Reservations

Due COVID-19 social distancing requirements and the need to estimate and safely manage demand, reservations will be required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area and related amenities this year by vehicle or by RFTA shuttle. Learn more about visiting Maroon Bells by shuttle in 2020. 

Access with a reservation will begin on June 8. The cost for each vehicle reservation will be $10.

Starting June 28, visitors will be required to use the RFTA shuttle service between the hours of 8am - 5pm. The last shuttle up is at 3pm. The fare will be $15.95 for all reservations. Parking at the Aspen Highlands Ski Area is Free for the first 30 minutes, then costs: 1/2-3 Hours: $10, 3-8 Hours: $15, 8+ Hours: $30. When buses are not in operation, vehicle reservations will be required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area. 

Reservation Access will be released as follows: 

Date Available to Make a Reservation Personal Vehicle Reservation Dates & Times Shuttle Reservation Dates & Times
June 2 June 8 - June 27, times available all day June 28 - July 31, 8 AM to 5 PM
June 15 June 28 - July 31, early morning and evening hours -
July 1 August 1 - August 31, early morning and evening hours August 1 - August 31, 8 AM to 5 PM
August 1 September 1 - October 11, early morning and evening hours September 1 - October 11, 8 AM to 5 PM

 

Choose one of the options below to reserve your visit.

For Maroon Bells reservation questions, please call 970-930-6442 or email [email protected]
Shuttle Bus Reservations

8 AM - 5 PM (Last ride up at 3 PM)

Sunrise Parking Permits

12 AM - 7:30 AM

Early Start Parking Permits

12 AM - 4:30 PM

Day Visit Parking Permits

8 AM - 4:30 PM

Evening Parking Permits

5 PM - 12 AM

Midnight to Midnight Parking Permits

12 AM - 12 AM

2-Night Parking Permits

6 AM - 6 PM, 60-Hours

Frequently Asked Questions

For Maroon Bells reservation questions, please call 970-930-6442 or email [email protected]

For Maroon Bells camping, backpacking & trail condition questions, please contact the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District at 970-963-2266. The office is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

Reservation & Transportation FAQ
What is the cost of a reservation?

The cost for each vehicle reservation will be $10.

The RFTA shuttle fare is $15.95 for all reservations.

Starting June 28, visitors will be required to use the RFTA shuttle service between the hours of 8am - 5pm. The last shuttle up is at 3 PM. When buses are not in operation, vehicles may access the parking areas with a reservation.

Parking at the Aspen Highlands Ski Area is Free for the first 30 minutes, then costs .5-3 Hours: $10, 3-8 Hours: $15, 8+ Hours: $30.

Do I need to print and display my reservation?

Overnight visitors will need to print and display their reservation on the dashboard of their vehicle. Daily and hourly visitors do not need to print their reservation.

Can I cancel or reschedule my reservation?

At least a 48-hour notice is required for cancellations and rescheduling. If you cancel inside of 48 hours or do not show up, you will not be refunded. If you would like to reschedule inside of 48 hours, you will need to rebook paying full price.

Utilize the link in your confirmation email to cancel or reschedule online. You can also reply to your confirmation email or call 970-930-6442. 

Do I need a reservation to bike up the road?

No reservations are required to bike up the road. Be cautious of cars and busses while riding. 

Is a reservation required for one-way RFTA shuttle trips up to the Maroon Bells?

Yes, reservations are required for one-way trips to the Maroon Bells. Reservations are not required for one-way returns from the Maroon Bells. 

Can I get dropped off or picked up by a friend from the scenic area?

Drop-offs and pick-ups are allowed, except during shuttle operating hours of 8 AM - 5 PM. The last shuttle up is at 3 PM. $10 fee is still required at the Welcome Center Entrance Self Pay Station. Reservations are not required for drop-offs at any time. 

What if I’m hiking over from Crested Butte?

Bus capacity is limited and downhill travelers will be allowed to ride on a space available basis. More space will be available in the morning, midday, and early afternoon hours prior to 3:00 p.m. A reservation is not needed for travel from Maroon Lake to Aspen Highlands.

Can I book multiple full day reservations to make an overnight trip?

No, the overnight parking area is separate from the daily parking area.

Can I book an overnight reservation followed by a full day reservation?

No, the overnight parking area is separate from the daily parking area.

Are passes accepted?

Pass holders can select the "Pass Holders" option at check-out. Pass holders must have a valid pass ready to present when you enter the Maroon Bells scenic area and keep your pass displayed in your car. 

 

Accepted passes include: 

America the Beautiful- Annual

America the Beautiful- Senior

America the Beautiful- 4th Grade

America the Beautiful- Military

America the Beautiful- Access

Maroon Bells Annual Pass

Passes can be purchased at participating federal offices. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

Call 970-930-6442 for more information.

Can I drive an oversized vehicle to the Maroon Bells?

Parking at Maroon Lake is not available for vehicles larger than 20’.

Who is able to drive their personal vehicle to Maroon Lake during shuttle operations?

The following are exempted from taking the RFTA shuttle to Maroon Lake during shuttle operations:

  • Persons driving a vehicle with a valid handicap placard or license plate    
  • Persons with infants under 2 years old in a child restraint seat as required per Colorado State law.
  • Persons driving a high occupancy vehicle with 11 or more passengers

Reservations to park at Maroon Lake are still required.

Do I need a reservation for a wedding?

Wedding reservations are separate and must be booked through recreation.gov. Wedding parties are issued 5 car passes. You're able to drop-off and then park in overflow or where there is space.

Start planning your Aspen wedding here.

Scenic Area FAQ
What services are available when I arrive? Food, lodging, restrooms, etc.

At the Maroon Bells Scenic Area there are restrooms (without running water). There is no food or lodging.

What should I bring with me?

Bring rain gear and warm clothing in case of sudden thunderstorms. Bring water bottles and snacks as well. 

Is there cell service?

 

There is no cell phone service in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area. In case of an emergency contact the nearest Forest Service personnel.

Can I fish in Maroon Lake?

Fishing is allowed in Maroon Lake with a valid Colorado Fishing License. Fishing Licenses can be purchased at City Market, Wal-Mart, and local fishing shops. Waders are required to fish in the lake. For more information on fishing regulations contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Can I swim in Maroon Lake?

Swimming, wading, boating, kayaking, and rafting are not permitted in Maroon Lake in order to preserve the outdoor experience for all guests and the scenic nature of the area.

Can I kayak/SUP on Maroon Lake?

Swimming, wading, boating, kayaking, and rafting are not permitted in Maroon Lake in order to preserve the outdoor experience for all guests and the scenic nature of the area.

Are dogs allowed on the trails?

Dogs are allowed on the RFTA shuttle bus and most trails. Due to the potential for surprise wildlife encounters in the densely vegetated area do not bring dogs on the Scenic Loop trail. Dogs must always be on a leash.

Camping & Backpacking FAQ

For Maroon Bells camping, backpacking & trail condition questions, please contact the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District at 970-963-2266. The office is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

Where can I camp near the Maroon Bells?

The nearest campgrounds to the Maroon Bells are Silver Bar, Silver Bell and Silver Queen. They can be reserved at recreation.gov.

Difficult Campground is approximately 5 miles east of Aspen. There are several more campgrounds across the District. Please visit here for more information.

Are bear resistant food canisters required?

Food storage in bear resistant canisters is required in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Canisters must be Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Courtesy Inspection Program approved. You may purchase or rent bear resistant food containers at local sporting goods stores, online, or borrow a container from the Forest Service if one is available.

Do I need a permit for the Four Pass Loop?

Permits are not required currently for the Four Pass Loop. The Forest Service is currently in the process of planning a future overnight camping permit system in the area.

Are there designated camp sites on the Four Pass Loop?

Visitors are required to camp in designated sites at Crater Lake. Campfires are prohibited at all designated sites and above 10,800 to protect fragile riparian and alpine environments. Visitors must camp 100 feet away from water and 100 feet away from any trails while on the Four Pass Loop.

How many days does it take to complete the Four Pass Loop?

The Four Pass Loop goes over four 12,500+ foot mountain passes and is 28 miles long. Most backpackers allot 3-4 days to complete the loop.

About Aspen's Maroon Bells

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The 2020 Maroon Bells operating season is being done under cooperative agreement and partnership with Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Pitkin County, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, the City of Aspen, and Aspen Skiing Company.