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  • 2. Maroon Bells Scenic Area

    The Maroon Bells Scenic Area:

    An iconic destination near Aspen, Colorado.

    There is no place quite like the Maroon Bells. The Maroon Bells Scenic Area is a glacial valley surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks, vast fields of wildflowers and is home to many species of wildlife, including elk, moose, Bighorn sheep and blue grouse. It took nature 300 million years to form the scenic Maroon Valley. The geologic history here includes eons of sedimentation, uplift, faulting and erosion by wind, water and ice.

    Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake provide one of the most exquisite scenes in the Rocky Mountains. Visitors to The Bells can picnic, view wildlife and hike one of several trails in the area. Maroon Lake is a great place to spend the day if you're looking for a moderate hike. The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, offers trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty for day hikes or backpacking trips.

    During the fall, Maroon Bells Scenic area is regarded as one of the most iconic locations in the area to view fall foliage.