Maroon Bells parking, shuttle reservations are now open for 2022 hiking season

Reservations that will be required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area by car or public transportation beginning next month are now on sale through the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

The Maroon Bells Scenic Area, featuring twin 14,000-foot peaks composed of purplish rock, is one of Colorado’s most scenic destinations but its beauty and proximity to Aspen brought about measures to manage visitation and keep it from becoming overcrowded.

“The reservations system we have used for the past two years has been very successful in reducing overcrowding and improving visitor experience at this iconic Colorado location,” said Shelly Grail, recreation manager for the U.S. Forest Service’s Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, in a news release.

Parking reservations ($10) will be required beginning May 15. Shuttle service provided by the Roaring Fork Transit Authority from Aspen will begin May 27. The shuttle fare is $16 with discounts for children and seniors. In both cases, reservations will be required through the summer and into October.

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Reservations are not required for bicyclists riding the Maroon Creek Road, but cyclists are expected to ride single-file and wear helmets. Motorists may drop off passengers at the scenic area between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. without a reservation, but the folks they transport must have a return shuttle reservation, purchased in advance, because tickets are not available for sale at the scenic area.

Reservations and info: aspenchamber.org.

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