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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Rising in the distance as one approaches along Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, the 14,000+ foot mountains named Maroon Bells for their mudstone color beckon a closer look. Arrive early, and if you're driving, get to the welcome booth before 9 in the morning to park; alternatively, you can generally take a convenient shuttle bus from Aspen Highlands ski area and... More

Santa Ana, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Although the hike can be a little tough on the lungs, the scenery is breathtaking. The wildflowers were in full bloom and the lakes are stunning. Worth the effort, but bring lots of water. The only downside is it's pretty crowded down low and then thins out the higher you go. Go early so you can drive yourself, otherwise you... More

Upper Nyack, NY
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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Go early, and allocate plenty of time for an easy hike and exploring some of the trails. The bus from Rubey Park to Highlands and then up to the Bells takes 45 minutes in total and the scenery along the way, and the narrative from the driver, is worth every second. Private cars are not allowed between 9-5, so if... More

Aspen, Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The door to Heaven...at least it feels like it is. Whether you visit in the fall to see the changing Aspen leaves or spring this place is very special.

Houston
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We did the trek over 2 days in 8/2014. Really incredible views and scenery; especially at the pass [12,500 elevation, with "14 teeners" around. Tripadvisor tips helped our plans. Advice for others: It is strenuous, especially for flatlanders like us still adjusting to altitude. But if you are in reasonably good condition and allow a couple of days for adjustment,... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Just go! Just get on their silly bus and go. It is a breath-taking sight and worth the not-very-long trip. The bus fills up fast so get there with some time to spare. The driver on the way up was not very interesting so I would have preferred he kept quiet rather than narrate the drive, but it was still... More

Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a must see. Words do not sescribe. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. You must go visit. Nothing else to say. You can easily walk around the lake or go for a more challenging hike

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Nice half day or longer outing for nature lovers! This place is absolutely gorgeous! Arrive on the earliest shuttle as it gets harder to get good pictures with so many more people there later in the day. Nice hiking trails. Take plenty of water and sunscreen. Very good value at $6.per person.

Denver, Colorado
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117 reviews 117 reviews
30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

As a serious amateur photographer, I had always wanted to visit Maroon Bells, since it is probably the most photographed spot in Colorado. The reality, however, fails to live up to the hype. Oh, it's pretty for sure, maybe even a little spectacular, especially if you motivate yourself to get up there at daybreak as we did. But it's way... More

Weston, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The beauty of this place takes your breath away!!! There are several trails to choose from and just looking around makes you feel as if you are seeing a miracle!

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