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  • Linda A
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania458 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something You Need to Experience for Yourself
    Words cannot even begin to describe the beauty I saw today at Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake high in the Rockies. Everyone should experience this once in their life. The gorgeous mountains, the calming lake, an encounter with a mama moose and her family to the raging waters flowing from high above. What amazing sights.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Susan L
    Denver, Colorado493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overcrowded but beautiful.
    This has been on my bucket list for about a decade. Beautiful views, Canadian geese, tons of trout, and wildflowers. We camped in the area, so we hiked what we considered “off hours.” Sunrise is beautiful, take a cup of coffee and sit by the lake. Also, wine at sunset is good, too!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Hall A
    Alexandria, Virginia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pure beauty
    Just incredible. We purchased a parking pass in advance, so we arrived in the parking lot by around 7:45 am (you must be there by 8 am or you'll be turned away). If you don't get a parking pass, you can take a bus shuttle. So we were on the trail early and had much of it to ourselves. It's just so majestic. I don't even know what to compare it to. The Tetons, I guess. We did the out-and-back hike to Crater Lake, which took us about two and a half hours with plenty of stops along the way. It was a challenging-ish hike, but the views are so beautiful you hardly notice. Bring lots of water and maybe snacks if you are so inclined. The views at Crater Lake are spectacular, but to be honest the most breathtaking part of the hike is the beginning. So if you aren't a big hiker, or have someone in your group with mobility issues, there's much to be seen and adored at the start (where there are nice benches, bathrooms, etc.). This is a place you will never, ever forget. Come here, stare at the sky, and let all your worries wash away.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • brookei
    Austin, Texas23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Family hike
    Our family of 5 (kids ages 8, 10, 11) loved the Maroon Lake Scenic Loop hike! The scenery was spectacular! A tad buggy, but totally bearable and worth it. An easy hike, but totally enjoyable out and back. Do make parking reservations in advance or ride the shuttle. We went at the 5pm entrance time and enjoyed the setting sun! A must in the Aspen area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Mike F
    Antigo, Wisconsin411 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place!
    Amazing place to visit and hike! We have 4 kids 5-8yo and chose to try the crater lake trail. Kids did great, definitely didn’t set any time records but we made it and it was worth it. Even on a cloudy and drizzly day the entire place was just awesome! Glad we to look our pics right away bc the view was cloud covered at the end. We took a small trail down to the scenic trail and at least went out to the bridge but it started raining and the kids were wiped out so that was as far as we went on that one. Shuttle was easy and actually pretty cool since we didn’t get parking. We’ll hopefully come back for the fall colors! Also saw a fox up by crater lake, way cool!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Ashlee H
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Gorgeous place to visit. You can pay for parking but need to arrive early or pay for a shuttle from Aspen Highlands. There is paid parking at the village there (pricy but the only option) and check-in is at the village desk. Bus ride up to the entrance is great, tons of bikers so we were glad we took the shuttle! Bathrooms available at the entrance of the park. Clean and well maintained trails, especially right around the lake. The employees were so nice! We went in the afternoon which also made for less people around.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 7, 2023
  • account4fun
    Denver, Colorado739 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Seeing the maroon bells is a must do if you are in aspen. We reserved a parking spot and arrived a little after 7am. There were only a few others there and it was so beautiful and peaceful and you get to see the mountain reflection before it gets windy. Take the Scenic Loop walk and if you can handle rocky trails then also hike out to Crater Lake. You will be rewarded if you go early becuase it gets busy later. Also please don't step over the ropes at the bells. they are trying to regrow natural vegetation and you can get the same photo 10 feet away. The rangers will also come by and ticket you but it's disrespectful to the nature we are all there to see.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Regajohn
    Little Rock, Arkansas6,469 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabtabulous visit to maroon Bells September 2023.
    The weather was perfect the entire time in Colorado (from the Sept. 21st through Sept. 30th 2023). Visited Maroon Bells Thursday morning September 28th arriving prior to sunrise. Aspen trees were nearing peak in the morning was tremendous..
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • dixiepeach
    Kansas City, Missouri9,485 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area to visit
    We visited in the later part of October which was wonderful as you didn’t have to take the shuttle bus and it wasn’t crowded. It’s a short and mostly level walk out to the lake area. There were some golden leaves left and a dusting of snow on the mountains. Simply gorgeous!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Yea W
    Houston, Texas179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    I've been wanting to go to MB since I heard of it years ago. Glad to have finally visited this beautiful place. I spent my bday here. I visited 2nd weekend in Oct, was chilly in the morning, probably around 20 degrees. Definitely dress warm. We did the short loop hike and felt I saw enough. I even saw the solar eclipse.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 5, 2024
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needabreak20
Denver, CO45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
You can no longer drive up and park so plan ahead. Need to reserve a timed shuttle ride from the Aspen Highlands Ski area parking lot ($14.95 each) and pay for parking ($10-$20)! So it is quite pricey. But it is worth it because it is much less crowded than it used to be! You even get a bus driver tour on the way in, which was nice. We met almost no one on the big loop trail around the lower lake, quite a few more people up around Crater Lake, but still not as many as usual. Excellent views and photograph opportunities abound. Highly recommended.
Written July 31, 2020
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Christy B
Colorado Springs, CO893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We came at the right time, which was the weekend after Labor Day. The weather was PERFECT— we were so fortunate because you never know if a rainstorm will appear. The hike to the lake is moderate so wear rugged shoes and take plenty of water, especially if you’re not used to these higher elevations. Wear layers. It’s so worth it any time of year! You can take your dog but it has to be on a leash. Also, the whole COVID thing has changed up access to the park. You’ll have to make a reservation we’ll in advance if you want to drive yourself. If not, you’ll be stuck having to pay $15 for parking then another $15 per person (plus tax). The welcome center (to take the shuttle) was hard to find since they don’t post the address on their website... go figure! Beware of mask Nazis, they are everywhere 😂 I did not wear mine while hiking.
Written September 12, 2020
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Rich J
Naples, FL398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We were on a 16 day trip comprising 13 states and this was one of the highlights. The whole trip revolved around being here on October 6 and 7 for the sunset and sunrise. Back in July we got an online vehicle pass, $10, for the sunset on the 6th and one for the sunrise on the 7th. We needed them to enter and to park, however, when we got there in the morning no one was in the entry booth at 6:15 am. We were very fortunate that we had excellent weather for both. Our principal goal was photography. We saw a very nice fox right where you enter the viewing area. See the image. We also two moose on the way out in the evening. Much to our surprise the water level was quite low but we enjoyed our images non the less.
This scene reminded us of Moraine Lake in Banf National Park Canada. Both beautiful areas.
Written October 25, 2021
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surfing1967
Daytona Beach, FL31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Must visit for anyone coming to the area, although we didn’t get the best views that day we were still in awww. Going in November was a little difficult because no one we spoke to could tell us if we could get in. We decided to take our chances,grab an Uber and to our surprise we went straight to it. 2 warnings, they do close the road leading to it sometime in Mid November and no cell service up top so make arrangements for your return ahead of time. You can rent E-bikes to get up and back but consider the temperature especially as you ascend.
Written November 9, 2020
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55LoneStar
Dallas, TX157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
This is special! Reserve the shuttle before your trip with the Chamber. Except at sunrise there is no parking and the shuttle limits the visitors to an enjoyable number. This is one of the most enjoyable and spectacular places of nature and scenery in the Rockies. The initial trail and vista start at the visitor center and is an easy walk to Maroon Lake. The Maroon Bells and other surrounding 12,000’ mountains are awesome. The sunny scenic loops take you to another pond upstream and also to see the cascades. The shuttle is an uphill 20 minute ride and the scenic loop can be an hour. For the more hardy continue on to Crater Lake.
Written July 1, 2020
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Gabrielle W
Mobile, AL392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We came to Aspen really to see Maroon Bells and we were not disappointed. We decided we really didn't want to take the shuttle so we opted for an after 5 visit so we could bring our car. I highly recommend this because we had plenty of daylight still and it was not very crowded. The lake is absolutely gorgeous around sunset, I think it's honestly some of the prettiest scenery around. We saw a lot of wildlife. We spotted a bear on the road on the way up, and while at the lake, saw a fox and a herd of deer. We watched the deer chase the fox around for a while, definitely never seen that before! We also saw 3 other foxes on the road on the way back to town. It had been warm that day but was pretty chilly when we went up, I was cold even with a jacket. There are some picnic tables right near the parking lot, around the river, and several benches around the lake. Seeing this was definitely worth the side trip to Aspen, it is heart achingly beautiful.
Written June 15, 2021
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SoTxAdventurers
McAllen, TX124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
It was a smaller crowd because of Covid so we didn’t have backed up walking hikes. There was a moose who stayed put by the lake, apparently he had just done battle with another and had lost a horn and appeared exhausted. He added that much more ambience to our experience.
It is quite an effort to enjoy the park, they’re taking extreme measures to keep the park as pristine as possible since it is as breathtaking as the pictures show. Reserve your shuttle bus pickup time and be there 45 mi s ahead, ride the short 20 min trip and you’re there to stay til the last bus leaves at 5:00pm.
It’s a great one time experience!
Written August 28, 2020
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karnlowe
Douglass Hills, KY243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
The hike to just beyond Crater Lake was challenging with a steady flow of people, but not overly congested. I arrived for a 9:45 shuttle (cost is currently $16). You must make reservations in advance online or by phone to catch the shuttle to take you to the base of the Maroon Bells. Dogs are allowed on leash and if you are a bit unsteady (I.e. don’t have excellent balance) on your feet, I highly recommend poles. Wear your hiking boots, put on your SPF and wear a hat! Lots of large rocks in an open area with no shade that was very warm today (high of 87 degrees F). However, there are some cool streams that feed the lakes you must traverse as well as a grove of pine trees that seemed almost like a sanctuary with their coolness and quietness after being in the warmth of the day. The lakes are very pretty and the hike was worth the several waterfalls, the Bells, the Aspen groves, and the red cliffs of this terrain. We were warned lots about bear and moose, but I didn’t see any. However, I was very busy watching the trail for rocks, roots and keeping stable footing that I didn’t have much time to look around while actively hiking.
Written June 18, 2021
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996candy
Lafayette, CO171 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The shuttle system doesn't work so well. I was told misinformation and paid $10 for parking only to find I couldn't get a reservation on the shuttle; I signed up for standby but after an hour didn't get called. People were starting to yell at the tour operator, Peter, because they had reservations but weren't getting on the buses; so I just left (didn't have to pay since I didn't get on, but I'm still salty about paying $10 for parking for nothing). If you don't have a reservation, park for free for 45 mins to check on availability. The Maroon Bells themselves are fun, and with COVID not as busy right now. It's just the shuttle system is inefficient now at only 15 people per shuttle, yet they haven't increased numbers of shuttles.
Written August 12, 2020
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Mark L
O'Fallon, MO111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This was the first time that we went to the Maroon Bells, we were staying in Snowmass which was only about a 20 minute drive from the bells. It's absolutely fabulous everywhere you turn it's a beautiful picture of the beautiful mountains and nature. Make sure you get times to get in because it is limited admittance because of the virus. Everyone wants to get there for the iconic shot you have to get there before 6 am. We did a lot of travelling in Colorado the first part of July but this was probably our favourite place. Loved it so much we went 3 times, make sure you have 3-4 hours to do it right.
Written August 5, 2020
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