As our agency starts our 52 Week Series: “52 Things We Love About Colorado,” we knew our number one choice would have to be the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen, Colorado. The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, separated by about a third of a mile. They are located about 12 miles southwest of Aspen and the peaks stand at 14,163 and 14,019 respectively. With Maroon Lake nestled beneath the majestic peaks it is no wonder that this location is reputed to be the “most-photographed” spot in Colorado and is said to be one of Colorado’s premier scenic overlooks.
Aaron and Sara Hoffman selected this as RSS’s first “thing” we love about Colorado because they enjoyed one of their most favorite camping trips several years ago with their three children at one of the campgrounds below the famous peaks. They enjoyed some of the most beautiful hiking they’ve ever experienced complete with majestic views, cold mountain lakes, much wildlife, and fields and fields of beautiful wild flowers. The Hoffman family hopes to return to Maroon Bells this summer on another family camping trip. Sara says, “You must reserve a camp site up there so you can truly enjoy the area and not be subject to viewing it or accessing it via tour bus, since the road up to the Maroon Bells is closed in the summer to tourists unless you have reserved a spot.”
Go to to reserve your campsite! The campgrounds up by Maroon Bells are Silver Bar, Silver Bell and Silver Queen. You’re sure to be blown away by the scenery and will create great memories in the process! HoffmanMaroonBells