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Seasonal spectacle

This place is probably beautiful anytime of year, but in the fall it's unreal. The aspens were... read more

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Cleveland, Ohio
Lovely and much better than the Crater Lake hike

The Maroon Bells are stunning and worth all the work to get there. Unless you just really like... read more

Reviewed January 30, 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is probably beautiful anytime of year, but in the fall it's unreal. The aspens were yellow this year with a lot of red added. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank craftmanpainting
Reviewed January 30, 2019

The Maroon Bells are stunning and worth all the work to get there. Unless you just really like hiking rocky trails, stick with the scenic trail. The hike to Crater Lake is a bit of a headache without rewarding views.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank 358joannes
Reviewed January 21, 2019

We chose to drive here instead of taking the bus from Aspen Highlands to the Bells. It was an easy drive. While the Maroon Bells are touted as the most photographed place in Colorado, pictures simply don’t do the peaks justice. Maroon Lake Scenic Trail:...More

Date of experience: September 2018
5  Thank WorldTravelers34
Reviewed December 6, 2018

It was such a beautiful Trail to walk along! Be careful with the snow though. We didn't have the proper walking shoes so we kept slipping. It was stunning though especially with the snow. Not a hard trail as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MNicoleS375
Reviewed November 9, 2018

An easy walk up to the headwaters of the lake, however, it was most noticeable that the drought conditions and poor snowfall from the previous season had left the water level quite low, as the Beaver house was well clear of the waters edge. as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GazandJude
Reviewed October 28, 2018

The Maroons Bells are the most photographed mountains in the United States. They are beautiful and are two of the 56 peaks over 14,000 feet in the United States. North Maroon Peak is 14,014 feet, and Maroon Peak is 14,156 feet. The Maroon Lake trail...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank James W
Reviewed October 17, 2018

We were only able to complete the 1 mile(easy)lake trail due to the fog and steady rain. But, the Scenic Loop Trail is another easy hike that is described as a "lollipop" loop trail of 3 miles. The Maroon Creek trail is longer at 3.5...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Chuck2010
Reviewed October 17, 2018

We visited the Maroon Bells in September 2018 while stopping in Aspen on a road trip through the U.S. Southwest.Once there we took the double loop scenic trail around Maroon Lake and were rewarded with varied stunning views of the Maroon Bells in all their...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Canadianstraveling
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Amazing fall colors around the lake. Weather was perfect during the last weekend of September. We took the local bus ride to Maroon bells. There is limited parking at Aspen Highlands , from where we took the bus.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Poojitha p
Reviewed October 4, 2018

I've taken the drive up to Maroon Lake just outside of Aspen off Hwy 82 at the traffic circle before in the early morning hours and I would recommend taking this trip then rather than late afternoon when we arrived this trip. While it was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 25, 2018|
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Response from Leslie F | Reviewed this property |
Crater lake hike about 1.5-2hr depending on your level. We hiked another 20 minutes farther to get a view of both lakes but the trail was rather rockie at this point, so had lunch and went back.
Linda W
April 24, 2017|
Response from PhantomFan365 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the Disabled placard is one of the exceptions for users who can drive into the Maroon Bells area. There is a $10 recreation use fee. See stayaspensnowmass for more details
October 14, 2015|
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Response from Sameer2011 | Reviewed this property |
I dont know about the parking but i can tell you about the trail. It is narrow at some points (need to move in a single file, one after another) and wider at other points. It is definitely rocky but not very steep. I mean... More