Fodor's Expert Review Maroon Bells

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Maroon Lake, Aspen, Colorado USA

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 8 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. The Perfect Summer Package pass, available for $30, includes one trip to the Maroon Bells and three days of gondola and chairlift rides in Aspen and Snowmass, where concerts, nature walks, amazing hiking, and other activities await you.

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Aspen, Colorado  81611, USA

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