Often considered the most photographed peaks in Colorado, the Maroon Bells – located near Aspen – is a premier scenic overlook your group has to visit while here. Nestled in the White River National Forest, on the border between Pitkin and Gunnison Counties, the ‘Bells’ are composed of two peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation – Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. Easily accessible from Aspen, the Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness is an idyllic day trip for the Colorado visitor. Visiting here as a group during a meeting or used as a backdrop for a wedding or reception, the Maroon Bells provide a dramatic view for business or leisure groups visiting this part of Colorado.
The Maroon Bells are often referred to as “The Deadly Bells” warning climbers of the instability of its metamorphic sedimentary mudstone. Unlike most other Rocky Mountains which are composed of granite and limestone, the Maroon Bells structure can be loose, downsloping, and unpredictable. At the base of the Bells is Maroon Lake, where several trails offer visitors safer routes to explore the area. These include Maroon Lake Scenic Trail (upper and lower), Maroon Creek Trail, and Crater Lake Trail – all of which are easy to moderate hikes with hiking times ranging from 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours each way. Catch and release fly fishing is also available in the creeks and lakes of the Maroon Bells area – one can bring their own equipment and a license or hire a guide from town. Wildflower wondering, picnicking, and photographing the area are also popular activity choices. Recommended as the number one thing to see/do in the Aspen area, the Maroon Bells are a natural wonder not to be missed.
The base of the Maroon Bells can be accessed by car and bus tour throughout the summer months. The cost is $10, hours of access are 9am to 5pm.