2.1 Access

How do I get to the Bells?

We are glad you asked, and we can help.

Take the Bus:

To preserve the fragile ecosystem of the Maroon Bells area, vehicle restrictions are in place on Maroon Creek Road during the summer months. All visitors are required to use the shuttle bus from 8am -5pm.

  • Shuttle Schedule: 8am to 5pm daily, every 20 minutes (June 9 through October 8)
  • Shuttle Prices: $8 for adults, $6 under 16 or over 65, free for children under 6.
  • Tickets: Sold at Four Mountain Sports locations at the base of Aspen Highlands Ski Area.

Bus Information: Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, or by phone (970) 925-8484.

Parking for the Bus:  parking is available for bus riders at Aspen Highlands Ski Area for a price of $5-$20 on weekdays and $10-$25 on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Aspen Parking Garage Address: 427 Rio Grande Pl, Aspen, CO 81611. For more information, contact the Aspen Skiing Company at (970) 923-1227 or (800) 525-6200.

Overflow parking will be available on Saturday and Sunday during the last 3 weekends of September at the Buttermilk parking lot located north of the town of Aspen on the west side of Highway 82. Parking at the overflow parking lot at Buttermilk is free during those 3 weekends only. 

For more information, contact Maroon Bells Hotline: (970) 945-3319.

Drive a Car:

You are welcome to drive your own car before 8 am and after 5 pm (other exceptions apply*). Please be prepared to pay a $10 per vehicle fee for access into Maroon Lake, East Maroon and West Maroon sites.

Local's Tip: Maroon Creek Road is subject to closure any time of day due to overcrowding. Visitors on holiday weekends and other peak travel times (including early mornings during fall leaf peeper season) should anticipate crowds and potential road closures. Take the bus to save yourself time and stress!

Ride your Bike:

Biking to the bells is a popular access method, however biking on the hiking trails upon arrival at the Bells is prohibited. Bicyclists must ride single file and observe all rules of the road.

Winter Access:

During the winter (mid-November – mid-May), the road to Maroon Lake is not plowed. The road is accessible by cross country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile. During the winter, there is no motor-vehicle access.

*Snowmobiles are only allowed on the groomed route up to the welcome center.

Can I bring a dog?

Yes! We love furry friends! However, you must keep your four-legged friend on a leash due to wildlife in the area. Moose do not like dogs, trust us on this.