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The Maroon Bells from over Maroon Lake has got to be one of the most photographed views in Colorado. The Mountains themselves are classic in shape and tower over the valley. They have slanted rock ledges that can collect snow, creating a striped appearance. The valley is filled with aspen that turn into a magnificent bed of yellow in the autumn. The combined effect is truly breathtaking.

The Maroon Bells along with Moraine Lake in Alberta really cover your beautiful-stock-photo-for-a-website-background! Trust me, you've seen pictures of them before.

Short Walk: "Access" really depends on what you want to do: you can get amazing views of the Maroon Bells from the parking lot; you can take a short stroll along the paths near/along the lake; you can do a short hike along the Maroon Snowmass Trail to get close to the base of the Bells (recommended for a day-trip); complete the Four Pass Loop to get the full 360 experience; or, if you have the skills and equipment, you can try to summit them. Thus, people of all abilities can enjoy the Maroon Bells. Please read the trail description for the Bells before considering actually climbing them!

Family Friendly: The area near the parking lot and Maroon Lake is extremely accessible for all ages. The Maroon Snowmass Trail less so, but many kids have done it. Summit? Nope. Please don't try to summit with kids.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Karl W

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Oct 7, 2018
Jessica Matthews
Sep 30, 2018
Ashley Quick
Did this as the beginning of the four pass loop. Gorgeous fall colors!
Sep 15, 2018
Michael Wandel
Aug 26, 2018
Breanna Guthmiller
Aug 11, 2018
Michelle Killgore
Aug 10, 2018
Santhosh V
Went with Mom and Dad
Aug 4, 2018
Jen Kearns
To crater lake

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