The Maroon Bells are two of the most photographed mountains in all of North America — and for good reason. Rising more than 14,000 feet above sea level just south of Aspen, the twin peaks are striped with snow all summer long. Aspen trees drape the hillsides, while Maroon Lake provides a handy mirror that grounds the whole scene in a postcard-perfect reflection.
Hiking remains the best way to experience the unparalleled beauty of the area, especially in July when the alpine meadows bloom with a profusion of flowers, or in late September as the Aspen trees turn an amber yellow. Road cyclists love to ride their bikes up Maroon Creek Road, and campers can find a rewarding solitude in the small National Forest Service campgrounds that line the hiking trails beyond the lake.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements on bus transportation, access this summer to Maroon Bells will once again be limited and only available through online reservations.