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Maroon Bells

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Maroon Bells

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Cg1866cb wrote a review Yesterday
Katy, Texas53 contributions10 helpful votes
Book the bus and go. great service all round and an amazing experience not to be missed. We did the scenic loop and the portal trail and we were blown away. only had half a day but would definitely return if given half a chance
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Tiffany wrote a review Sep 16
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Very disappointing! I go with my family every single year to Maroon Bells to look at the pretty views, but next year Maroon Bells will not be getting my money considering they triple charged me for a "cancellation" that wasn't even a cancellation! They refuse to reimburse for anything and all the so called manager did the entire time was talk over me and interrupted all while yelling and told me to report the extra charges to the bank as fraud. They must have really been hurting during covid to steal an extra $100 from my bank account. Terrible customer service!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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raharrington85 wrote a review Sep 14
Omaha, Nebraska916 contributions71 helpful votes
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Our visit to Maroon Bells was a highlight of our vacation in the Aspen area. The park is close to Aspen, but you need reservations in advance to see this very popular attraction (start at the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website—excellent site for any Aspen visit!) TIP: study the reservation system, and ensure you grab your spot as soon as offered—the reservations sell out. You have two types options to reach the park—choose the shuttle option and read/follow the reporting instructions. Do not park illegally at the shuttle pick-up. The police, shuttle, and park services work in smooth coordination to manage the traffic and get you to and from the park. You’ll arrive at the main lake after a short, picturesque bus ride; the drop off has ample bathrooms and a park office. Jaw-dropping pictures are just a short walk from the drop-off; lake, mountains, and wildlife (we saw a moose within minutes). You can choose various trails to explore the area, designing the hike for your own desires and abilities—we chose the Crater Lake trail, a rocky, medium hike route to another beautiful lake with great views of the Bells. TIP: bring water, layered weather wear, sunblock, sturdy shoes, and snacks. Consider bringing bear spray (we did—this is bear country). Expect a fair amount of people traffic at the main drop-off site and along popular trails. Don’t miss the final bus in the afternoon or risk a long walk back to the pick-up site. Don’t miss a visit to the Maroon Bells—highly recommended.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Christy B wrote a review Sep 12
Colorado Springs, Colorado847 contributions78 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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BearsCubsFan wrote a review Sep 11
Naperville, Illinois222 contributions63 helpful votes
Luckily I did some homework before my trip. I booked our shuttle online and it was pretty easy to follow the email instructions. They have you arrive like 45 min early which is a little too much...but you don't want to miss the shuttle. We arrived too early and grabbed breakfast in the Ritz next to the shuttle and that was nice and fast. Maroon Bells was a challenge but beautiful climb. We went to crater lake and then continued back on the trail and went another 1.5 miles or so. We went to an area where we crossed the water runoff and ate our lunch. We saw the bull moose early on and it seems he might be there often. It was a beautiful day and a challenging climb. Saw many single backpackers who were doing the longer loop. That was great to see.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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