Maroon Bells are a fascinating set of 14,000-foot peaks that mirror off Maroon Lake. It’s the most photographed scene in Colorado.
Camping: There are three campgrounds on Co Rd 13, once inside the gates; open Memorial Day weekend. $15/ + $5 (instead of $10) for your car. All sites have tables and fire rings. Campsites are reservable.
- Silver Bar – 4 tent only, walk-in sites
- Silver Bell – 14 sites, 2 including 2 RV/tent, 6 tent only & 6 walk-in
- Silver Queen – 6 sites, can accommodate RVs
There is no dispersed camping at Maroon Bells. Backcountry camping is permitted in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Fishing: Maroon Lake is prime trout fishing sunrise and sunset. Crater Lake also has good fishing, but it’s a 4 mile hike in.
Hiking: There’s numerous trails to choose from.
- Maroon Lake trail – 1 mile, round trip
- Scenic Loop trail – 1.5 miles round trip
- Maroon Creek trail – 3.2 miles, one-way
- Crater Lake trail – 3.6 miles, round trip
Picnicking: Tables are available at Maroon Lake & East Maroon Portal.
Winter Rec – County Road 13 has limited access in the winter depending on snow. Snowshoeing and cc skiing are popular.
From Aspen, take Hwy 82 west to Maroon Creek Rd. Follow that back about 10 minutes to the welcome station.
Address: Maroon Creek Rd, Aspen
Season: Year round
Hours: The Maroon Creek Rd is open to motorized vehicles from 7am-9m for $10, and from 5pm-7pm for $10. Driving is restricted from 9am-5pm. The only way in is on a shuttle from Aspen Highlands (dog on bus ok).
Pets: Yes, on-leash
Fees: $10 entrance during summer
Map: Maroon Bells Guide (PDF)