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Maroon Bells

Aspen Highlands, Aspen, CO
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Ranked #1 of 59 Attractions in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
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Thornton
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Everyone knows of Maroon Bells....always best to visit during fall when the leaves change colors. While at the Bells, hike to Crater lake...there are signs on the west side of Maroon Lake that will guide you. It's a longer hike, about 1 hour depending on your physical condition.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous, just go early if you want solace. I always see bears here, right by the lake. Lots of backpacking choices start here.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

After admiring the gorgeous view we walked back towards the lower parking lot and saw a bear across the lake feeding ... he did not even notice the forty people photographing him as he continued feeding. Perfect ending to the gorgeous Maroon Bells visit. Wish we would have had more time to hike around the lake but then we would... More

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Since we were there in the summer and between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, we took the bus to Maroon Bells. The adult price is $6.00 but if you go on Wednesday as we did, it is half price. The bus driver told us all about the area and what we were seeing on the way up... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Hiking at the Bells is a must when you visit Aspen. The grandparents and the kids loved exploring the lake and the aspen tree lined forest. You will take some of the most amazing photographs here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We've been there twice. First time was fall of 2008. Second time end of July 2014. Be there early morning for sunrise over lake. Great pictures! We've done hike up to lake at base of Maroon Bells. Fall is really best for color-aspen ablaze with color of yellows, red browns. It can get crowded in parking lot and when full... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Took a great trip on the Four Pass Loop with my brother. An exhausting but gorgeous 4 days. Filled with wildflowers, wildlife, mountains, lakes and waterfalls. We parked at Aspen Highlands and took the simple $6 bus up to the Maroon Bells. Buy your ticket at Aspen Highlands for the bus. I think they close the parking lot at the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It's obvious how difficult it is to keep so many tourists under control, but they do a great job. It's not the same place I visited 30 years ago. There's no solitude to be had. Everything around is pricey, and it's very easy to get sucked into spending at places where they funnel people in. Plan your visit, and know... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Had no idea what to expect. The lake at the entrance to the park with the mountains behind is gorgeous. We did the hike to the upper lake, which was nice trek. When we arrived at the end of the 1.5 mile hike, we were a little underwhelmed. The view at the beginning of the hike was much more enjoyable... More

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brooklyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is not a hike- you just drive up to the parking lot and walk a short, paved trail to the lake, The bus seems annoying/confusing. Just plan to arrive by 8 so you on;y pay $10 (vs $6/person for the bus), get a parking space, walk around the lake, and leave. I would have loved to hike to Crater... More

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