Maroon Bells Scenic Area


Fall colors is past peak at the Maroon Bells

At Maroon Bells Scenic Area, you can explore a glacial valley surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks, view vast fields of wildflowers, and be close to nature. Mirrored in Maroon Lake, the Maroon Bells tower like massive sentinels over the valley. The Maroon Bells are the most photographed peaks in all of North America. Maroon Lake has limited accessibility by car during the restricted hours of the summer season, but there are bus tours running throughout the summer months.

Maroon Bells Scenic Area recreation information

At a Glance

Reservations: Campsites at Silver Bar, Silver Bell, and Silver Queen Campgrounds may be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
Fees The Maroon Bells Scenic Area is a recreation fee area; there is a mandatory fee.
Permit Info: Each party overnighting in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is required to self-register at the trailhead and to carry a copy of the registrationwith them during their visit. There is no fee charged for the registration and no limit to the number of permits issued.
Open Season: Memorial Day Weekend - October - weather dependant
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: From mid-June through September, day use traffic is restricted on Maroon Creek Road between 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. beyond the T-Lazy 7 Ranch.
Closest Towns: Aspen, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Aspen-Sopris Ranger District

General Information


Located 10 miles southwest of Aspen, Colorado, on Maroon Creek Road.

Coming to Aspen via Glenwood Springs, CO: Take Highway 82 for 40 miles to the roundabout (rotary). From the roundabout, take Maroon Creek Road 4.7 miles to the Welcome Station.

Independence Pass (Highway 82) is normally open from Memorial Day through mid-October, weather dependant. If you are planning an event during these times, please call the Colorado Department of Transportation Hotline for road updates at (877) 315-7623.

General Notes:

Accessing Maroon Bells Scenic Area:

Maroon Creek Road is open to all motorized traffic before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Visitors during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. will need to take the bus from Aspen Highlands. For bus information, call RFTA at 970-925-8484. Some exceptions apply.



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