MAY 14th, 2017 – Maroon Creek Road is now open. Please enjoy your visit to the Maroon Bells
Bus Service to the Maroon Bells will begin June 11th, 2017
Visiting the Maroon Bells from Snowmass Village
One of the must-see destinations while in the Snowmass area is the Maroon Bells Recreation Area. Magnificent bell-shaped peaks rise to over 14,000 feet and tower over Maroon Lake, casting a stunning reflection that draws photographers from all over the world. Visitors can snap photos of the famous mountain-lake reflection, check out an interpretive center, stroll around the lake, picnic, or set out on longer hikes up to places like Crater Lake. Even road bikers can enjoy the ride back down the gently sloped Maroon Creek Road.
Located approximately 16 miles from Snowmass, the Maroon Bells have limited vehicle access during business hours. See below for details on how to reach the Maroon Bells from Snowmass Village.
Directions from Snowmass by Car:
From Snowmass Village, take Owl Creek Road to HWY 82 just past the airport. Turn right towards Aspen on HWY 82. At the roundabout, take your first right onto Maroon Creek Road.
By Car: Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. visitors can drive up to the Maroon Bells parking lot. The cost is $10 per vehicle. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., vehicle access is limited to vehicles with a valid handicap placard, campers and horse trailers, vehicles with infants, and vehicles with 11 or more people. Drivers of all other vehicles must park at Aspen Highlands and take the shuttle up to the Maroon Bells. See below for details on the shuttle.
Maroon Bells Shuttle: Aspen Highlands is located 1.7 miles up Maroon Creek Road from HWY 82 on the left and offers parking ($5 midweek, $10 weekends) for the shuttle.
The Maroon Bells Bus service is a guided tour that runs every day starting June 11 through October. All buses depart from Aspen Highlands Ski Area, see shuttle pricing here. Buses will leave every 20 minutes starting at 8:05am until 2:05pm, then on the hour and half hour until 4:30pm with the last bus returning to Highlands at 5:00pm. There is parking available at Aspen Highlands or you can take the free Castle Maroon Bus from Rubey Park to reach Aspen Highlands. Your driver/tour guide will point out areas of interest and geographical features, describe the wildlife, and tell you some of the area’s history on your way to the Maroon Bells. When you arrive at Maroon Lake at the base of the Bells you may depart the bus and return on any later bus, affording you the opportunity to hike, take a ACES guided nature tour from 10:15am to 1:15pm, picnic (there are no food vendors at the Maroon Bells), take pictures or have a moment of solitude. One should be sure to bring a jacket (afternoon thunder showers are common), walking or hiking shoes and of course a camera.
See more info from RFTA here.
For information about driving to the bells, seasonal road closures, parking, camping or accessing the Bells in the off-season, please contact the US Forest Service at (970) 925-3445.
*Shuttle tickets can be purchased at Aspen Highland’s Four Mountain Sports on the main plaza level.
*After Sept. 7, bus service is limited to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. A $10 vehicle fee is required to drive up at other times.
*Dogs are free, as are those entering on a non-motorized vehicle (a bike).
Directions from Snowmass by Bus:
Riders will need to switch buses to reach the Maroon Bells from Snowmass Village. Buses depart Snowmass every thirty minutes for Aspen. Riders must transfer at the Intercept Lot where Aspen-bound buses stop on the hour and half hour. Riders can either continue into Aspen and catch the Castle Maroon bus every 20 minutes from Rubey Park (Maroon Bells shuttle tickets are available for purchase here too) or get off before Aspen at the roundabout (ask the driver) and directly catch the Castle Maroon Bus that stops there every 20 minutes. All buses are free except the final Maroon Bells shuttle that departs from Aspen Highlands for the Maroon Bells Recreation Area (see shuttle information above). For more information on bus service, contact the Roaring Fork Transit Authority at (970) 925-8484.
Directions from Snowmass by Bike
It is possible to bike to the Maroon Bells or use bus service part of the way to visit the Maroon Bells from Snowmass Village.
*By bike & bus: Riders may put a bike on the RFTA bus heading to Aspen for a $2 fare. Riders must switch at the Intercept lot and catch the Aspen-bound bus and then disembark at the roundabout, at which point they’ll will ride up to Aspen Highlands (approx. 2 miles). From there, they can continue riding up to the Maroon Bells or catch the Maroon Bells Shuttle which can transport bikes to the top. From the top, it’s a scenic gentle ride back downhill.
*By bike: For directions on travelling to the Maroon Bells entirely by bike, click here.