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


The Maroon Bells are located south of Aspen, Colorado. From mid-May to mid-November, access via Maroon Creek Road requires a reservation and is restricted to shuttles only between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Access is also weather dependent, as late season snow can occur.

Learn more about transportation options to Maroon Lake below.

Reservations will be needed for all vehicular traffic on the road. This includes early-bird drivers and parking at the lake, as well as the daytime shuttle service. Details are subject to change.

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By Shuttle

Public Shuttle

The best way to experience the Maroon Bells Scenic Area is by shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes. You will need to make an online reservation with the Aspen Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $16 (adults); $10 (seniors over 65, children under 12; one-way downhill).

Shuttles will begin operation in early June. Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for day-use parking for a fee of $7/hour with a $40/daily max.

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Private Shuttle

Roaring Fork Express now offers private shuttles to the Maroon Bells during the summer months.

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By Car

Maroon Creek Road typically opens mid-May and closes mid-November, depending on conditions (snow melt, avalanche debris, etc.). Due to limited parking availability at Maroon Lake, a reservation with a fee of $10 is required. Further, the road is restricted to shuttle bus only between the hours of 8am and 5pm (Early June–mid-October). Visit the Aspen Chamber Resort Association website for the latest information, as some of these policies are subject to change.

Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for day-use parking for a fee.

Aspen Highlands Parking Garage: 199 Prospector Rd, Aspen, CO 81611

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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, and parking reservations are still required.

By Bike

Traveling to Maroon Bells on two wheels is a 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. Reservations for road use on a bike are not required.

There's no better way to explore the Maroon Bells!
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