Our little wild tribe visited the Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO, for the first time over the summer. We celebrated Mother and Father’s Day in the best way we know how, a trip (with the kiddos) to the mountains! Consequentially, traveling with toddlers can be pretty difficult at times, but we made the most of our mountain trip despite the toddler mishaps.
Staying overnight in Snowmass Village, we secured those off-season ski resort prices. 🙂 Fly Fishing Cowboy attempted to fly fish on the Roaring Fork River. Let’s just say that we now know why the name of that river was chosen! He had no luck fishing as the river was blown out with recent melting snow. Early June is NOT a good time to go fly fishing (at least in most locations in Colorado) in case you were wondering. 🙂
The highlight of the trip was our experience seeing the Maroon Bells! The beautiful majesty of this place is difficult to capture with even the best photography. Images simply cannot do this place justice. The most amazing part is that depending on the time of day when you visit, the Bells and Maroon Lake take on so many different definitions of beauty in the changing light perspectives.
Here are 3 helpful tips to note when visiting this awe-inspiring destination.
1. Getting up there. Shuttles and other transportation options
- You can drive your car and park in the parking lot any time between 5pm and 8am. Throughout the rest of the day, you must park and take a shuttle. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Our family actually met the qualifications to take our own car because we had two children in carseats.
- More details, rules, specifics and requirements can be found online here. I wanted to share this website with you because for some reason, it took me a while to find these details when we were visiting.
2. Wear comfy walking shoes
- Once you get to the Maroon Bells, Maroon Lake, there is a pathway/trail around the lake. I would suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes, it is a short walk up to the lake (even to just take a few photos) and it is a dirt pathway.
- Also, visitors can choose to hike the surrounding wilderness areas. We had two littles in tow, so hiking any distance really wasn’t in the cards for us.
3. It can be crowded, depending on the time of year.
- This is definitely a tourist spot. Be prepared to sit in lines and a little bit of traffic, both driving and walking up to the lake. Depending on the time of year, the Bells will be visited quite frequently by a large number of people. Despite the crowds, however, the views, scenery, and beauty like no other, is 100 percent worth it!
Have you visited the Maroon Bells? What was your experience like? I would love to hear your thoughts below.
Happy adventuring friends!