Maroon Bells, Aspen

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  • Majestic Maroon Bells.
    Majestic Maroon Bells.
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  • Maroon Bells in the Summer.
    Maroon Bells in the Summer.
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  • The Mixa's at Maroon Bells
    The Mixa's at Maroon Bells
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    Beautiful and Majestic - The Maroon Bells”

    by charlenemixa Written Jul 20, 2014

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    Any visit to the Aspen area must include a visit to the Maroon Bells. We snow mobiled in years ago in the Winter which was awesome. This summer we returned and it was so simple. Just take the bus from Rubey Park Transit Station (free) in downtown Aspen to Aspen Highlands where you transfer to the Maroon Bells Bus (fee). There is no food at the Maroon Bells and limited food at the Aspen Highlands, so we stopped by the "Big Wrap" to pick up some sandwiches before boarding the bus. The guide/driver provides some great insight into the area and the Maroon Bells. We enjoyed our picnic lunch before our gentle hike around Maroon Lake and then to the waterfall. The views are awesome of the Maroon Bells and the surrounding mountains. The earlier you can go in the day the better, as afternoon thunderstorms can easily spoil your visit. Plus the bus schedule changes later in the day. Again, a must for anyone visiting the Aspen area. The paths close to the lake are easy and of course there are plenty of more strenuous hiking paths for the more adventuresome.

    Note: Take the bus - convenient and easy. Also pack we are so glad we picked up a picnic lunch to take. Limited food (okay probably none) so good to have lunch, snacks, and water with us.

    The Mixa's at Maroon Bells Maroon Bells in the Summer. Majestic Maroon Bells.
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    Maroon Bells

    by Tom_Fields Written Jul 30, 2012

    These are the most visited and photographed mountains in Colorado, perhaps even in the entire US. The prisine waters of Maroon Lake reflect the mountains behind them, to create a classic view.

    Unfortunately, this place gets extremely crowded in summer, especially on weekends. Between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, you must take the bus from nearby Rubey Park to the trailhead. Those wishing to drive there must arrive before then.

    The hiking trail around Maroon Lake offers spectacular vistas. The one to Crater Lake is offers even better ones. The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip, with lots of rocks and roots. Take your time. It's well worth it.

    Maroon Lake and Bells Beaver lodge at Maroon Lake Crater Lake and the Maroon Bells Ground squirrel hoping for a handout
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    Maroon Bells

    by Callavetta Written Sep 16, 2004

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    Not far from Aspen are the Maroon Bells. Said to be the most photographed peaks in Colorado, it's easy to see why. During the summer months the road is closed to car traffic and the Bells can only be accessed by Tour Bus. Busses run every half hour and will take you to the base of the Bells, where there is a lovely lake.

    After Labor Day, passenger cars are allowed. A $10.00 day fee gives you 5 days of access to the park. The drive from highway 82 to the base of the Bells is a climb of nearly 2,000 feet. On the sunny fall Wednesday that I made this trip there were scores of cyclists and people on funny skate "skis" going up the road. Those Aspenites are certainly a healthy athletic lot!

    The Maroon Bells in Fall

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    Hiking in Aspen- Maroon Bells-Snowmass

    by goingsolo Updated May 8, 2004

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    The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness occupies 181,000 acres, containing wide basins, alpine meadows, colorful cliffs, marshy tundra resembling interior Alaska, craggy rock faces and lush evergreen groves, 7 peaks topping 14k ft and 26 over 13k ft. The area is protected under the Wilderness Act of 1964.The Maroone Bells began as iron-bearing sediments beneath an ancient sea, before they metamorphosed into red rock, lifted skyward over millions of years, then, sculpted by glaciers, produced the awesome peaks we know today.

    Maroon Bells
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    • Mountain Climbing

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