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.
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Maroon Bells reflected in Maroon Lake in the early morning
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.
- 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 into
the spectacular Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Several spectacular but
dangerous to climb 14,000 foot
peaks ( Pyramid, North Maroon and South Maroon Peaks) are found in this area.
Recreation - Some of the recreation opportunities available in this area include hiking,
backpacking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, picnicking, viewing scenery
and mountain climbing.
Climate - In the valley bottoms, summer high temperatures extend into the 70's and mid
80s, with cool evenings that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally
dip to minus 30 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s to
30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Much of the area
and its recreation facilities lie at higher elevations where significantly lower
temperatures and more precipitation can be expected. Afternoon summer
thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest
elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until
This area is located southwest of Aspen and is accessed by Maroon Creek
Road. The road is closed during the day to automobile traffic and access is
provided by shuttle bus.
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.