Maroon Bells

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Explore Aspen’s Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in North America, and discover how a journey through over 300 million years of jagged stone inspires travelers from around the world to Defy Ordinary. The Maroon Bells, a series of distinctively bell-shaped, wine-colored peaks towering 14,000 ft. above the pristine, glacial Maroon Creek Valley, offer some of the most spectacular natural views in the world. From meadows of vibrant wildflowers to airy groves of Aspen trees to summit-based alpine tundra, the Maroon Bells promise a variety of natural habitats and a diverse, vivid representation of the wild Elk Mountain range. With six scenic hiking trails, various camping sites and biking paths, visitors can enjoy multiple ways to access Aspen’s natural marvels and endless mountain adventure any time of year.

Maroon Creek Road is closed for the winter season as of 11/15/19.  

Top 5 Insiders’ Tips

  • As the most photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells promise premium views and amazing access to Aspen’s natural wilderness. Capture the perfect shot as you wander the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.
  • For the most serene (and least crowded) experience, visit on a weekday.
  • The Maroon Bells are conveniently accessible by bus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from approximately June 15 through October 6.
  • Bring your four-legged friend along for a hike! All of the hiking trails surrounding the Maroon Bells are pet-friendly, but pets must be on a leash.
  • Call the Maroon Bells Hotline for up-to-date parking and scenic area information at 970-945-3319. The road is approximately open from June through mid-November. For camping and road closure information please call the US Forest Service at 970-925-3445.

Adventure by Season


Cross-country ski or take a snowmobile rideto the snow-capped peaks for an experience unlike most. Maroon Creek Road is closed from mid-November through Memorial Day weekend, so the peaks are not accessible by car. During this time, you may also enjoy a five-mile walk along the snow-packed road with stabilizers from the closure gate to the Maroon Bells. For your safety, please be aware of avalanche risks.


Leaf peepers should visit September to mid-October. Peak foliage is often the third week in September but varies year-to-year.


During the spring at the Maroon Bells, it can feel like you have the peaks all to yourself. This is a prime season to enjoy the open meadows abundant wildlife and lakeside sunrises. Be sure to check the Maroon Bells hotline for up-to-date road conditions.


These stunning wine-colored peaks are our number one summer destination. For the best visitor experience, we recommend visiting mid-week and utilizing the bus.


Get out for a Maroon Bells hike with six pet-friendly trails of varying lengths that will guide you to the perfect picnic spot alongside fields of wildflowers and the pristine Maroon Lake.

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Experience a night under the stars in the Maroon Creek Valley at one of the three campgrounds available during the summer season: Silver Bar Campsite, Silver Bell Campsite, and Silver Queen Campsite.

Backcountry camping is also available for travelers ready to take on the rough mountain terrain and discover the untamed, beautiful wilderness of Aspen’s Maroon Bells.

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Maroon Lake

Maroon Lake is the anchor to Maroon Bells. Arrive by bus, bike or car and this glassy landmark will be the first to greet you.

The mountainous peaks paired with the lake’s glossy reflection create a breathtaking scene that have manifestly held the title for the most photographed mountains in the country. Snap your picture-perfect shot and share it with us by tagging @VisitAspen.

How to Get There

Travel by bus, by car or by bike to the Maroon Bells with ease using these tips. We encourage you to arrive by bus or by bike for the most convenient, cost-effective and eco-friendly experience.

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4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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