The Maroon Bells are some of the most photographed peaks in all of North America — and for good reason. Composed of an unusual sedimentary mudstone rock, the snow-striped and uniquely colored peaks rise above 14,000 feet in elevation, crowning a picturesque valley dotted with lakes and braided by streams.

The most popular viewpoint is from the shores of Maroon Lake, a pristine alpine lake enveloped by fields of wildflowers. There are several ways to enjoy this beyond-scenic area.

Maroon Bells sign
Maroon Bells Wilderness Sign

Going There on Your Own

Due to parking availability at Maroon Lake in the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), Maroon Creek Road has the following restrictions to vehicular traffic:

  • Personal Vehicles – Access in summer is restricted to 7am–9am, with an entrance fee of $10. From 8am to 5pm, you must take the shuttle bus from Aspen Highlands. Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for $5 per car for day use parking. Some exceptions apply, see below.*

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  • Shuttles – Regular shuttles travel up Maroon Creek Road to Maroon Lake. Pickup occurs every 20 minutes at the Aspen Highlands Village parking lot. Bus passes can be purchased for $8 for adults, $6 for youth / seniors, while children under 5 years-old are free. Bus Passes are available at Four Mountain Sports. Shuttles operate every day from mid-June to Labor Day, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the fall. The road is closed in mid-November.
  • Camping – Three small, intimate and perfectly gorgeous campgrounds can be found along Maroon Creek Road — Silver Bell, Silver Bar and Silver Queen. Operated by the U.S. National Forest Service, you can make reservations online. One advantage to camping in the valley is that your vehicle is free of usage restrictions on Maroon Creek Road.
*Exceptions to personal vehicle restrictions:
  • 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–8am, the road is open to vehicles with $10 recreation use fee.

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 8am–5pm.