Maroon Bells Shuttle Bus Dates

June 7 to October 17, 2021


Maroon Bells Basecamp

Open daily, June 7 to October 17, 2021

Aspen Highlands Plaza

Maroon Bells Hotline


The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area offers hiking trails for all abilities. Without a doubt, it is among the most scenic protected areas in the United States, and the best way to see it is on foot.

Numerous hiking trails depart the Maroon Lake area, penetrating deep into the 182,000-acre wilderness area. Below is a brief introduction to the area's most notable trails.

Maroon bells scenic loop

1.9 Miles
160 Feet Elevation Gain

Relatively flat and accessible to wheelchairs in some areas, the broad trail that runs along the northern shore of Maroon Lake is popular for good reason. Here is where you will find the iconic view of the Maroon Bells reflecting on a picture-perfect lake. The trail is heavily trafficked, so if you're looking for something more remote and challenging, consider a hike listed below.

Crater Lake

3.8 Miles
692 Feet Elevation Gain

For a more intimate look at the Maroon Bells, hikers can proceed passed Maroon Lake and enter the wilderness along the Maroon-Snowmass Trail. Theout-and-back trail leads hikers to an elevation of 10,078 feet and Crater Lake, which rests directly below North Maroon Peak, which rises 4,000 feet above the lake. The striated cliff faces are a good place to scan for mountain goats, which may appear as white dots on the ruddy-hued rock.

Buckskin Pass

12.6 Miles
3,378 Feet Elevation Gain

Shortly before Crater Lake, the Maroon-Snowmass Trail forks. A left leads to Crater Lake (just a short distance beyond) and a right climbs steeply through forest and over alpine tundra to Buckskin Pass at 12,462 feet. This area is renowned for wildflower displays in the month of July. Due to exposure, it is recommended that hikers start early and leave the pass before noon due to the risk of afternoon thunderstorms. Be sure to pack a rain jacket, water, and food as well as other precautionary supplies. The hike is suited only for physically fit hikers who have adjusted to high altitude.

Regulations & Safety

• Mechanized travel (including mountain biking) is prohibited within the wilderness area boundaries.
• Backcountry travelers must register at the trailhead with the White River National Forest.
• Be sure to stay on marked paths throughout your journey.
• The area's mountains are notoriously dangerous to climb, especially the twin summits of Maroon Bells (North Maroon Peak and Maroon Peak) which are nicknamed the "Deadly Bells" because of their crumbling rock. Pyramid Peak, Snowmass Mountain and Capitol Peak should only be climbed by experienced climbers with proper safety equipment.

Sightseeing Package

Daily: June 21 – Sept. 6, 2021 | Weekends: Sep 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, Oct 1-3

If you're visiting Maroon Bells, you may also enjoy sightseeing on Snowmass and Aspen Mountain. Our Sightseeing Package offers 3 days of gondola access as well as several perks to make the most of your trip to the high country.

At the top of the world, it’s easier to find your center.

From Snowmass Base Village, the Elk Camp Gondola sweeps through the trees and ends amid Lost Forest and Snowmass Bike Park, where adventure awaits you. From the heart of downtown Aspen, the Silver Queen Gondola delivers guests to the peak at 11,200 feet, where endless vistas and flower-laden hiking trails await. Note that in June the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain will be closed for maintenance. During this time, you can purchase a single-ride sightseeing ticket for the Summit Express Lift at Buttermilk.

Sightseeing Package – $39
Available at:
Snowmass and Aspen Mountain only
  • 3 days of gondola and chairlift rides (valid 3 of 7 days) at Snowmass's Elk Camp Gondola and Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola (or Buttermilk's Summit Express Lift as the Silver Queen Gondola will be closed for regular maintenance through July 2, 2021).
  • 10% off Lost Forest Base Tickets for one time use
  • $10 lunch credit at Sundeck Restaurant* (top of Aspen Mountain), Ajax Tavern (base of Aspen Mountain), or Elk Camp Restaurant (top of Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass) for one time use
  • 20% off bike rentals at Four Mountain Sports for one time use (excluding downhill bikes and e-bikes)***
  • 20% off bike clinics for one-time use
Single-Ride Sightseeing Ticket
Available at:
Snowmass and Aspen Mountain ($31) or Buttermilk ($25)
Good for one ride on either the Elk Camp Gondola and Chair, Silver Queen Gondola or Summit Express.

Aspen Mountain Gondola with new logo
Available for purchase online or at any of our ticket office locations, including at Maroon Bells Basecamp

*** 20% off bike rentals at Four Mountain Sports does not include downhill bikes or e-bikes
**** September 10 through October 3, the gondolas and chairlift operate Friday – Sunday only. The Maroon Bells bus tour will operate 7 days a week until October 3.

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