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Maroon Bells Recreation Area





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General Description

The Maroon Bells are some of the most spectacular mountains in Colorado. Soaring over 14,000 feet in elevation, the symmetrical summits are perfectly framed by the valley. Maroon Lake acts as a reflective pond on windless days.

The wildflowers are perfuse and peak in late July to mid August. Abundant wildlife inhabits the area, much of which has been set aside as the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

The Bells are well known and attract crowds. From mid June through September Maroon Creek Road is closed to automobile traffic from 8:30 a.m. unit 5:00 p.m. You will need to catch a shuttle bus from the Aspen Highlands Bus Terminal (located on Maroon Creek Road at the base of the ski area) which includes an informative guided tour of the valley. If you are in Aspen, you can ride the Castle/Maroon Bus from Ruby Park to Aspen Highlands and transfer to the Maroon Bells Bus. Contact the Roaring Fork Transit Agency at 970-925-8484 for more information.

Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82. Turn onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Continue 9 1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake Parking Area.From mid-June through September, the Maroon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you will need to take a shuttle bus from Ruby Park in Aspen. The bus includes an informative guided tour of the valley. Contact the Roaring Fork Transit Agency at 925-8484 for more information.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: On 1st of July, took the West Maroon Creek Trail past Crater Lake to point of where we had to cross the river. Footing on trail was difficult but scenery was great. Crossing river was a challenge but our group of 5 found a beautiful campsite on the east side of the river just north of the crossing. We spent 3 beautiful days there and the weather was great - not even a hint of rain. Had a few visitors at our site including a deer and porcupine that were very tame. We put down a couple of logs to go over the river at our site -so if anyone who takes the same trail as us from either the north or south should look for our logs north of the river crossing.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Camping Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON RV Camping Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Automobile Travel Maroon Creek Road, Brush Creek Road, Owl Creek Road
Yes
ICON Fishing Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Group Picnicking Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Recreation Areas Maroon Creek Area
Yes
ICON Backcountry Skiing Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes



Related Activities
Castle Creek Area - The Castle Creek Area and Castle Creek Valley leads to the south of Aspen. It includes attractions such as Conundrum Creek, Ashcroft, Montezuma Basin, Taylor Pass and Express Creek.

Maroon Peak - Maroon Peak is one of the peaks within the Maroon Bells grouping. It's elevation is 14,156'. This is a dangerous climb that should only be attempted by well equipped and experienced mountain climbers.



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