The majestic Maroon Bells are twin peaks more than 14,000 feet high. The colorful mountains, thanks to mineral streaking, are so vivid you'd swear they were blanketed with primrose and Indian paintbrush. It's one of the most photographed spots in the state. Before 9 am and after 5 pm in the summer, cars can drive all the way up to Maroon Lake (and vehicles with children in car seats are permitted at any time). Otherwise, cars are allowed only partway, but the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority provides guided bus tours that leave regularly in summer months from Aspen Highlands. A convenient pass, available for $30, includes one trip to the Maroon Bells and one ride up Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola, where concerts, nature walks, amazing hiking, and other activities await you.
White River National Forest, Maroon Creek Rd., 10 miles southwest of Aspen, Aspen, Colorado, 81611, United States