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 and
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.
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.
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 Trail.
Every few steps you want to stop and take another picture as you
get closer and closer to the Bells.
Then you start to notice the rest of the magnificent scenery - the
lakes, other mountain peaks and waterfalls.
may even be lucky and see some of the wildlife who call this beautiful
wilderness area home, like the mule deer and the marmot.
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.
To view more photos from this area click here:
Maroon Bells Photo Gallery
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