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Biking to Maroon Bells

Bikers on the shoulder of the road riding up to Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells Shuttle Bus Dates

May 24 to October 20, 2024


Maroon Bells Basecamp

Open Daily: May 24 to October 20, 2024

Aspen Highlands Plaza

Maroon Bells Hotline


Biking to Maroon Bells is one of Colorado's most iconic bike rides. The cycling route climbs 1,300 feet over nearly 7 miles from Highlands to Maroon Lake (el. 9,100 feet). The 16.2-mile round-trip route (from Aspen Highlands to Maroon Lake) passes through countless aspen groves and underneath the watchful gaze of 14,026-foot Pyramid Peak, before rounding the bend for a splendid view of Maroon Bells, and an eventual arrival at Maroon Lake.

For the physically fit, the route makes a beautiful road bike ride. You can also opt for an E-Bike rental to save your energy for another day and still enjoy the spectacular bike ride.

Be Aware

Fortunately for cyclists, Maroon Creek Road is mostly free of vehicles during the daytime hours due to car restrictions and the use of shuttle bus. Still, riders should always be vigilant of vehicles and need to watch their speed, especially on the return ride back to Aspen from Maroon Lake. Also, like every ride in the valley, cyclists need to pay attention to the effects of altitude. Learn more.

Mountain Biking is Not Allowed

The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area — which surrounds the Maroon Bells and much of the valley — is closed to mountain biking and all mechanized vehicles. Learn more on how you can Protect the Bells.