Maroon Bells in summer

Visit Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells — surrounded by pristine National Forest lands — are the most photographed peaks in all of North America. Here you can explore a glacial valley while surrounded by three 14,000-foot peaks: North Maroon Peak, South Maroon Peak and Pyramid Peak. Maroon Lake, enveloped by fields of wildflowers, perfectly mirrors the image 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 (such as bicycles, skateboarders, hikers, rollerbladers, etc.) at no charge.


Open for summer of 2013


(depending on weather)

How to Get There from Aspen, Snowmass or Down Valley

From either Aspen or Snowmass the easiest way to get to the Maroon Bells is by bus. From Aspen take the Castle/Maroon bus from Rubey Park to Aspen Highlands. If you are coming from Snowmass or down they valley, just go directly to Aspen Highlands and park for free. At Aspen Highlands, you will need to buy tickets at Four-Mountain Sports for the bus tour to Maroon Bells. The bus will pick you up right outside Four-Mountain Sports and drive you to Maroon Lake.

Bus Information

Castle Ridge / Maroon Bells Bus from Aspen to Aspen Highlands

Bus Season:

Year Round

Departure Location:

Rubey Park, Aspen

Departure Time:

Three times every hour, :00 :20 :40

2013 Rates:


Maroon Bells Bus Tour from Highlands to Maroon Bells

Bus Season:

Daily, June 15 – Labor Day

Labor Day – October 6, weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Departure Location:

Outside Four-Mountain Sports at the base of Aspen Highlands

Departure Time:

From 9:05am to 2pm: Every 20 minutes

From 2:30pm to 4:30pm: On the hour and half hour

Last bus departs Maroon Lake Day Use Area at 5pm

2013 Rates:

Adults $6; Children 6–16 $4; Seniors $4; Children 6 and under are free

A $0.50 Forest Service recreation fee is part of the $6 adult and $4 senior RFTA bus fee. This fee goes towards repairs, maintenance, improvements and education.

Ticket Purchase:

Four-Mountain Sports in Aspen Highlands Village

Rubey Park Transit in Aspen

Aspen Mountain Gondola Ticket Office in Aspen

Where to Park:

All vehicles may park for free at Aspen Highlands Village Parking Lot

Vehicle Pass Information

National Parks pass WITH a Golden Eagle Sticker, Golden Access, America the Beautiful and Maroon Bells Passes allow access to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area for the season. Passes are not valid when the road is restricted to motorized vehicles from 9am–5pm.

The follow exceptions apply:

  • Vehicles carrying people with disabilities or with a valid handicap placard or license plate.
  • Vehicles with 11 people or more.
  • Vehicles with infants that require a restraining child seat (not a booster seat)
  • People camping at Silver Bar, Silver Bell and Silver Queen Campgrounds
  • Holders with special-use permits issued by the Forest Service
  • Overnight backpackers
  • Horse trailers
  • From 5pm–9am, the road is open to vehicles with $10 recreation use fee.

Last Minute Lodging Specials

The best Last-Minute Lodging Specials in Aspen & Snowmass for arrival within the next week. Don't forget to book your lodging before you visit the Maroon Bells.

0"/0cm 24HRS
0"/0cm 48HRS
11"/27.94cm 7DAYS
87"/220.98cm BASE
Scattered Wintry Mix
49F/ 9C HIGH
22F/ -6C LOW
Mostly Cloudy
39F/ 4C HIGH
25F/ -4C LOW
Isolated Wintry Mix
53F/ 12C HIGH
13F/ -11C LOW
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