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Maroon Bells and LakeThe Maroon Bells Recreation Area is one of the most photographed places in the country. We visit the area often with the most beautiful time being in September when the Aspen leaves turn to gold andSpringtime at Maroon BellsS in the late spring/early summer when there is still snow on the peaks, the water is rushing down the mountain and there are wildflowers in the fields. The Maroon Bells were given their name by early explorers due to the mountain's red color and distinctive bell shape.



Fall along Maroon Creek

To get to the Maroon Bells Recreation Area, you drive a few miles out of Aspen and head out Maroon Creek Road for about 10 miles. There is a $10 charge to enter the park but Golden Eagle cards are accepted. In the summer, car travel is restricted to lessen pollution and traffic congestion. But shuttle buses are available from Aspen Highlands Ski Area parking lot for a nominal fee.

Bridge to Falls Loop Trail

Once in the park, there is an easy hiking trail around Maroon Lake and then across the creek into the woods on the Falls Loop TrailDarlene & Barb Hike the woods.


Every few steps you want to stop and take another picture as you get closer and closer to the Bells.Waterfall Then you start to notice the rest of the magnificent scenery - the lakes, other mountain peaks and waterfalls. Aspens mirror the peaks








Mule DeerYou may even be lucky and see some of the wildlife who call this beautiful wilderness area home, like the mule deer and the marmot.Marmot







Reflection of the Maroon BellsFor a more strenuous hike, you can take the trail up to Crater Lake - 3.5 miles round trip. But to go any further requires a backpack and overnight gear. The Bells themselves can be climbed but it is quite dangerous and only for the most serious climber.Fred admires the view







To view more photos from this area click here: Maroon Bells Photo Gallery








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