Maroon Creek Road will reopen in May 2024.
Parking and shuttle reservations are required May-October.
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.
Parking & Shuttle reservations are required May-October.
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. Backcountry camping is also available for travelers ready to take on the rough mountain terrain and discover the untamed, beautiful wilderness of Aspen’s Maroon Bells. Reservations are required for campsites & area backcountry camping.
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 has manifestly held the title for the most photographed mountains in the country. Snap your picture-perfect shot and share it with us by tagging @aspenco.
Travel by shuttle bus, by car, or by bike to the Maroon Bells with ease using these tips.
Reservations are required for shuttle and car access May - October.
The county closes the road in November based on snow conditions. Once the road is closed, visitors can walk, bike, cross-country ski, and snowmobile from T Lazy 7 Ranch. Maroon Lake is approximately 7 miles from T Lazy 7 Ranch.
Top 5 tips to make the most out of your trip to the Maroon Bells.
Important tips and rules from local experts to ensure we maintain a respectful right to the great outdoors.
Maroon Bells is one of Christy Mahon's 5 Favorite Things to do.
There are three routes hikers can take between Aspen to Crested Butte, but the two most common are West Maroon and East Maroon Pass.
These stunning, wine-colored peaks are Aspen's number one summer destination. For the best visitor experience, visit mid-week on the shuttle, reserving your seat in advance.
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.
Reserve the Maroon Bells Amphitheater to have these stunning peaks as the backdrop to your wedding ceremony. Learn more about Maroon Bells Weddings.
Photo credit: Aubrey Beth Photography