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Maroon Bells shuttle starts June 15

June 5, 2019

Media Contacts:
Shelly Grail, US Forest Service, (970) 404-3155
Jamie Tatsuno, RFTA, (970)384-4864
 
Maroon Bells shuttle starts June 15
Looking for the best way to visit Maroon Bells? Ride the RFTA bus!
 
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. –   Bus service to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area begins on Saturday, June 15 and runs through October 6. More than 300,000 people visited the area last year, and riding the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) bus is a hassle-free, sustainable option for visitors.
 
“Our partners at RFTA have been delivering people to the Bells for more than forty years,” said Shelly Grail, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District Recreation Manager. “By riding the bus, visitors avoid long car lines and potential turnarounds at the Welcome Station when parking areas are full.”
 
Bus tickets can be purchased at Four Mountain Sports/Highlands or the Rubey Park Transportation Center:
 
RFTA Bus Fares
 
Adults, ages 17-64
$8
Children ages 6-16
$6
Seniors age 65+
$6
Children under age 5
Free
 
Parking fees at Aspen Highlands this year:
 
Aspen Highlands Parking
 
0-3 hours
$10
3-8 hours
$15
Full Day (8 hrs+)
$25
 
Access by bicycle:
Visitors may access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area by bike. Please ride single file and expect vehicle traffic on Maroon Creek Road.
 
Access by private vehicle:
Vehicles other than RFTA buses may not travel on Maroon Creek Road between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the summer season. After 5:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m., private vehicles going to the Maroon Lake, East Maroon or West Maroon sites must pay a $10/vehicle site fee at the self service station behind the Welcome Station.
 
Plan your visit:
·         Maroon Creek Road may be closed at any time to avoid overcrowding. If possible, plan to visit the Maroon Bells Scenic Area mid-week and avoid holiday weekends and peak travel times.
·         The Maroon Bells Scenic Area is a prime wildlife viewing area. Do not approach, attempt to feed or harass any wildlife.
·         Mandatory food storage orders are in effect for both developed campgrounds and backcountry camping in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness. Food must be stored in either a campground bear box or in a sealed container inside a hard-sided vehicles. Backcountry campers must use an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear-resistant container.
 
For more information on getting to the Maroon Bells scenic area, visit:https://tinyurl.com/y5m8vpom
 
Check current conditions here: https://tinyurl.com/y4rt5kkw

 
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4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

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  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • 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”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    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.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         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.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   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

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

 

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