Maroon Bells // Latitude: 39° 04′ 9.00″ N – Longitude: -106° 59′ 11.39″ W
Maroon Bells, a pair of twin peaks known for being some of the most photographed mountains in North America. Yet, somehow I’d never heard of them until 2014.
COVID has drastically changed how any of us do business, so to limit the amount of people in the area, access to the Bells in the summer of 2020 was by permit only (Shuttle or Personal Car). We happened to score reservations for a beautiful Wednesday evening in October, and on my 8th trip to Aspen, I was able to see them up close and in person.
As of Summer 2020, no matter how you plan on getting there (car or shuttle), reservations MUST be made in advance through the Aspen Chamber. The only way around this is to burn your legs out on your bike. This may be no problem for locals, but for reasonably athletic sea level dwellers like myself? Hard pass.