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Maroon Creek Area





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 Ruby Park in Aspen which includes an informative guided tour of the valley. Contact the Roaring Fork Transit Agency at 925-8484 for more information.

The scenic drive up Maroon Creek Road and Maroon Lake, which is located at the end of the road, are the most popular attractions in this area. Numerous trails lead from the East and West Maroon Trail Portals. Most trails lead into the spectacular Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Several 14,000 foot peaks, Pyramid, North Maroon and South Maroon are found in this area. 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.

Some of the recreation opportunities available in this area include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, picnicking, viewing scenery and mountain climbing.

This area is located southwest of Aspen and is accessed by Maroon Creek Road.

Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82. Turn onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Follow this road approximately 3 miles to its end at the T Lazy 7 Ranch (only during winter season). Snowmobile, ski or snowshoe 7 miles to Maroon Lake.



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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 Backcountry Skiing Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Maroon Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Maroon Creek 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'.



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