Fall is here, and the colors are just starting to strut their stuff. Some of the absolute best foliage in the state can be found at Maroon Bells in Colorado. These twin peaks have a massive grove of aspens at their base, plus a tranquil lake that reflects the colorful for a stunning effect.
Maroon Bells in Colorado is truly a breathtaking place to visit, especially this season.
The explosion of color gives the whole area major Bob Ross painting vibes.
To keep the area from becoming overcrowded, you'll have to make reservations. If you visit between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., you will need to take a bus to get to the trailhead.
This helps prevent the parking lot from being congested, plus the trail will be relatively empty so everyone can enjoy it.
The bus fare is $15.95 and includes your reservation to visit the area.
Personal vehicles cost $10 and still require a reservation, but you won't have to pay additional fees.
There are many hikes and some give you all views and no sweat.
This is one of the most sought-after photography spots in the entire state, so don't forget your camera when you set out on your hike.
The trail is dog-friendly, so that you can hike with your furry friend too.
Located about 10 miles west of Aspen, or about 16 miles north of Snowmass, this trail is nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains.
Address: Aspen, CO
Why You Need To Go: These stunning peaks are a golden paradise in the fall.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and, most of all, be respectful on your trip.