Reservations for Maroon Bells open April 11 – CBS Denver

ASPEN, Colorado (CBS4)- Rocky Mountain National Park, Hanging Lake and Maroon Bells have one thing in common: they are three of Colorado’s most popular destinations.

“Maroon Bells is an iconic place in Colorado,” said David Boyd, public affairs manager for White River National Forest.

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These are also the three places where, until recently, anyone in need of a summer getaway could go anytime. Now, to see them, you need to make a reservation. For Maroon Bells, the reservation system aims to limit congestion.

“It was just getting so many that it was unmanageable. So yes, we were seeing that you were experiencing environmental damage,” Boyd said.

If you were hoping to see Maroon Bells this summer, you can go online for from Monday April 11 to reserve your time. You can buy a half day, full day or overnight parking pass or you can reserve a spot on a shuttle bus that will take you there and back.

Colorado wildflowers with a view of the Maroon Bells.

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“It’s very easy to park at Aspen Highlands and take the shuttle, you know how long you want to spend up there and then come back,” Boyd said.

While April may seem a bit early to think about summer fun in the mountains, booking now will ensure you can see Maroon Bells whenever you want.

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“Popular times pass quite quickly. So you know I would go there ASAP,” Boyd said.

A parking pass costs $10. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes from 8 am to 5 pm. The fare is $16 or $10 for those over 65 or under 12.

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