Exploring Colorado: Maroon Bells

If it’s one thing I have learned so far, it’s that Colorado has a seemingly endless amount of outdoor adventures. After boarding at Snowmass in Aspen last March and seeing a tiny glimpse of the surrounding beauty, I knew we had to return for a camping trip in the warmer months to see one of the most photographed places in all of Colorado. Having waited to plan until about a month beforehand, there were no campsites available at Maroon Bells, so we ended up car camping about an hour from Aspen at White Star Campground. We had a great experience there and really enjoyed the seclusion and large campground spaces. We’re always hunting for campgrounds with quite a bit of space and are shaded by numerous trees so Banner has a little room to roam without disturbing other campers!


Buses run from 8 am to 5 pm from Aspen Highlands to Maroon Bells with round trip tickets costing $8/ person. Parking is available at Aspen Highlands. You can drive into Maroon Bells with your own car via Maroon Creek Road before 8 am and after 5 pm, however entrance fee is $10/person. The bus was easy to use and our driver highlighted some interesting facts about the area on our way to the welcome center. Dogs are allowed at Maroon Bells and Banner rode the bus (for free) with us, which was quite the adventure for him!


There are many trail options ranging from easy to moderate depending on preferences and how much time you have. We chose two hikes for the day which were relatively short, however gave us some great views of the area! Maroon Bells truly is a beautiful place and I would love visit again to see all the magical fall colors!



Kervin the master chef preparing dinner!


Views just a short walk from our campsite.



When We Visited: June 2016

Where We Stayed: White star Campground in the San Isabel National Forest, Reserve your site here

Drive Time: Denver to Aspen: 3 hours and 45 minutes. White Star to Aspen Highlands (to park and catch bus) about an hour, Bus to Maroon Bells leaves every 30 minutes

Hikes: The Scenic Loop Trail at Maroon Bells, The Crater Lake Trail at Maroon Bells




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