Car reservation

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

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

The Maroon Bells Scenic Area, with twin 14,000-foot peaks made up of purplish rock, is one of Colorado’s most scenic destinations, but its beauty and proximity to Aspen has prompted moves to manage visitation and tourism. prevent it from becoming overcrowded.

“The reservation system we’ve used for the past two years has been very successful in reducing overcrowding and improving the visitor experience at this iconic Colorado location,” said District Recreation Manager Shelly Grail. of the US Forest Service’s Aspen-Sopris Ranger, in a statement. Release.

Parking reservations ($10) will be required starting 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 necessary throughout the summer and until October.

Reservations are not required for cyclists using Maroon Creek Road, but cyclists must ride single file and wear a helmet. Motorists can drop off passengers in the scenic area between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. without a reservation, but the people they are transporting must have a round-trip shuttle reservation, purchased in advance, as tickets are not available for sale. in the panoramic area.

Reservations and info: aspenchamber.org.

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