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“Ignore all the standard advice - other than that on safety.”
Review of Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells
Ranked #1 of 108 things to do in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Most of us have heard varying advice. Go for the sunrise. Go for the fall colors.

If you constrain your visit because of such rules-of-thumb, you'll miss the glorious partly-leafed-out springtime aspen. You'll miss some interesting afternoon lighting - such as of the aspen grove and slopes to the north of Maroon Lake. Partly leafed-out Aspen can appear translucent-green to almost-golden in such back-lighting on a May-June afternoon.

Is this the most beautiful sight ever? Maybe for some - but it isn't even our favorite sight in Colorado. Don't know that that favorite sight is - but it could be sunrise in the Garden of the Gods, some areas in Rocky Mountain National Park, the views around our Colorado digs, Indian Peaks Wilderness, or - just perhaps - Sylvan Lake. Beyond that, spots along the Andes in Ecuador-Chile-Argentina such as Lago Paimun; Iguazu Falls; the Sicilian coast near Taormina; Abandze Castle, Lake Bosumtwi and Twifu Prasu (Ghana, a personal fave); Sydney Harbour; Cape Cod in winter; quiet coves in the Caribbean; and others come to mind. But this is a moot issue, anyway. No doubt that the Maroon Bells area *is* very nice.

One rule of thumb that I haven't heard about this place, which I believe to be true. If you are in the area for long enough - visit on at least a couple of sunrises - and for at least one late afternoon. The differing lighting, clouds, wind levels and effects on reflections in Maroon Lake, wildlife possibly passing through, etc. will make each visit unique.

Quiet conversations with fellow visitors, sharing impressions of the place, can also be rather enjoyable - and add to the overall effect of this place.

There's other advice. Respect the environment. Watch out for wildlife. If you hike - be prepared. And: *know* what all that means. Those mantras - deserve our respect and beyond. Fortunately, all the people we saw there *were* respecting the environment - and enjoying it immensely.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was my second trip and I think I was more enamored this time than last. The breathtaking views of the lake, the Bells, the waterfalls. We even witnessed a wedding in the amphitheater from afar. This is a MUST SEE when in the Aspen area!

Thank VincePCTD
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is something not to miss while traveling in Aspen. The most exceptional views and a great hike. I liked Maroon Lake better than Crater lake but the hike was beautiful. A must see in Aspen!

Thank Kelley M
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We visit Maroon Bells each time we come to Aspen. During the day, you have to take the bus up. After 5, the park allows cars for a $10 fee. It's worth it. I met my husband who biked up the 13 miles from town with a late afternoon picnic. Heaven on earth!

Thank DiscriminatingDiva08
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We visited and hiked around Maroon Lake on a cloudy day, so we did not see the reflection of the Maroon Bells peaks clearly. It is a quiet place with a stunning vista. The aspens had just sprouted their pale green leaves…which added to the lovely setting. It is a nice hike around the lake, although it did get a bit rocky at times.

Thank NjoyTravelingNj
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