Maroon Bells: The Most Vibrantly Colorful Corner Of Colorado
By Sarah McCosham|Published March 05, 2021
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Maroon Bells is proof that the very best things in life take time. This natural wonder in Colorado is the culmination of more than 300 million years of geologic activity, including sedimentation, weathering, and erosion by wind, water, and ice. It’s one of Mother Nature’s finest masterpieces, and anyone who visits is utterly blown away. And Maroon Bells gets a lot of visitors – about 300,000 a year, all coming with cameras in hand to capture a truly spectacular sight. But while this attraction is touted as the most photographed place in Colorado, pictures simply don’t do it justice; Maroon Bells is something you must experience for yourself.
Maroon Bells is the epitome of “Colorful Colorado” — a place so vibrant and beautiful that it simply doesn’t seem real. This is some of Mother Nature’s very best work; a truly awe-inspiring, indescribably beautiful place that simply needs to be experienced.
Accessibility: Maroon Bells is a place everyone can enjoy; the 40-yard trail leading up to the Maroon Lake shoreline is flat and wheelchair friendly. Additionally, Maroon Creek Road ends in a large, paved parking area that offers plenty of maneuverability for vehicles of all sizes.
Pet Friendly: Dogs are welcome on the trails (and are allowed on the park’s shuttle bus), provided they remain on a leash.
Parking: The Aspen Highlands parking garage is free for the first 30 minutes, after which you’ll pay by the hour. To cut down on traffic, visitors are encouraged to take the park’s shuttle.
Seasonal Access: Maroon Creek Road is closed to vehicular traffic in cold-weather months, but you can hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile throughout the area during the winter season.
Cost:Reservations are required to visit the Maroon Bells Scenic Area by personal vehicle or shuttle. There is a $10/vehicle fee; and, during the summer, all visitors are required to use the shuttle service ($15.95) during daytime hours. (Vehicles carrying people with disabilities or with a valid handicap placard or license plate are exempt from this policy.)
Maroon Bells really is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to spectacular Colorado wonders; there’s a whole world of beauty just waiting to be explored in Colorful Colorado!