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Maroon Bells

Aspen, Colorado

The most photographed mountains in North America are a must-see to complete your Aspen adventure. The series of distinctive bell-shaped peaks tower at 14,000 feet above the glacial Maroon Valley and offer some of the best views in the world.

For Maroon Bells reservations questions, please call (970) 930-6442 or email Full reservation details can be found through the Aspen Chamber or the U.S. Forest Service.

Summer 2020 Update

Due COVID-19 social distancing requirements and the need to estimate and safely manage demand, access to the Maroon Bells is not available through the Aspen Snowmass Sightseeing Package or through Stay Aspen Snowmass for Summer 2020. Reservations are required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area and related amenities this year by personal vehicle or by RFTA shuttle. Reservations can ONLY be secured through the Aspen Chamber. >>

Access with a personal vehicle reservation will begin on June 8. The cost for each vehicle reservation will be $10. Personal vehicle parking reservations will initially be available in rolling three-week increments.

Starting June 28, visitors will be required to use the RFTA shuttle service between the hours of 8am - 5pm. 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: 0-3 Hours: $10, 3-8 Hours: $15, 8+ Hours: $30. Shuttle reservations through July begin June 2. Shuttle reservations for August will be released July 1st. Shuttle reservations for September will be released on August 1st. When buses are not in operation, vehicle reservations will be required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area. 

Maroon Bells Information

The Maroon Bells, surrounded by pristine National Forest lands, are the most photographed peaks in all of North America. Here you can explore the glacial valley while surrounded by 14,000 - foot peaks. Maroon Lake, surrounded by fields of wildflowers, mirrors images of the Maroon Bells in it's waters.

Maroon Bells has limited accessibility by car but there are bus tours running throughout the day for the summer season. The road is open to all Non-Motorized forms of transportation at no charge. (bicycles, skateboarders, hikers, rollerbladers, etc...). The road up to the Maroon Bells is closed in the winter. You can hike on this road in the winter but it is a 12 mile round trip to make it to the lake.

For the best Maroon Bells experience we recommend visiting on a weekday and utilizing the bus service. If you have skied in Aspen, you know how easy and hassle free the bus service is; if you haven’t experienced it yourself, take our word for it, leave the driving to someone else. While the road is open to private vehicles prior to 8am, this doesn’t necessarily mean the parking lot will be open and available. Frequently photographers or overnight hikers have begun their Maroon Bells experience in the wee hours of the morning, filling up the parking lot before the rest of us have even thought of getting out of bed. When this happens, the road is closed to private vehicles in advance of 8am. The road is subject to closure at anytime due to overcrowding. *Leaf peepers visiting on peak foliage weekends in late September/ early October should anticipate this being the case, and plan alternate visits accordingly.*