The Maroon Bells are located south of Aspen, Colorado. From mid-May to mid-November, access via Maroon Creek Road is open but restricted between the hours of 8am and 5pm, and is also weather dependent.
Learn more about transportation options to Maroon Lake below. Details are subject to change.
The best way to experience the Bells is by shuttle. You will need to make an online reservation with the Aspen Chamber of Commerce (launching in mid-June). Shuttles will operate every day June 28 – October 11, 2020. (Cars will be allowed up to Maroon Bells beginning June 8 before the shuttle resumes operations). Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for day-use parking for a fee.
If you're looking for more than just a visit to the Maroon Bells, purchase the Aspen Snowmass Sightseeing Package for $39 to get the most value. The package includes 3 days of gondola & chairlift access, discounts on the Lost Forest and more.
Maroon Creek Road typically opens mid-May and closes mid-November, depending on conditions (snow melt, avalanche debris, etc.). The entrance fee is $10. Due to limited parking availability at Maroon Lake in the summer, Maroon Creek Road has personal vehicle restrictions to vehicular traffic July through October. For summer 2020, cars will be allowed to drive the road and park at the lake in June, although this policy is subject to change.
Once the shuttle resumes operation on June 28, personal vehicles may only travel to Maroon Lake before 8am or after 5pm, with an entrance fee. From 8am to 5pm, personal vehicles are not permitted and you must take the shuttle bus from Aspen Highlands. Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for day-use parking for a fee. Some exceptions apply:
Personal Vehicle Exceptions: • 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
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 8am–5pm.
Traveling to Maroon Bells on two wheels is locals' favorite way to explore this beautiful area. Rent a road bike, cruiser or e-bike from Four Mountain Sports at Aspen Highlands, and enjoy a scenic 8 mile ride to Maroon Lake with the wind in your hair. Traveling by bike allows you to enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and surrounding at a slower pace on your own schedule. There's no better way to explore the Maroon Bells!