For specific access information regarding U.S.F.S rules and regulations please contact Maroon Bells Information Center at (970) 945-3319
To purchase bus tickets as part of the Perfect Summer Package call (866) 365-5046

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

BY SHUTTLE

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 at Four Mountain Sports at Aspen Highlands for $8 for adults, $6 for youth / seniors, while children under 5 years-old are free. Shuttles operate every day June 9 - October 8, 2018. Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for day-use parking for a fee.

If you're planning to visit Maroon Bells, purchase the Aspen Snowmass Sightseeing Package for $35 to get the most value for your purchase. The package includes the Maroon Bells Bus Tour, 3 days of gondola & chairlift access, $10 lunch credit, $5 Limelight Lounge credit, 20% off bike rentals at Four Mountain Sports (excluding downhill bikes), and 20% off Park Ready downhill clinic.

BY BIKE

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!

BY CAR

Maroon Creek Road opens mid-May and closes mid-November. Due to limited parking availability at Maroon Lake in the summer, Maroon Creek Road has personal vehicle restrictions to vehicular traffic June 9 - October 8.


Personal vehicles may only travel to Maroon Lake before 8 AM or after 5PM, with an entrance fee of $10. 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

  • 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.

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.

Any way you choose to explore Maroon Bells, you won't be disappointed!

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