Thursday, February 29, 2024

When can you book permits for Maroon Bells?

DENVER (KDVR) – Even though it’s only February, outdoor summer activities are just around the corner.

The U.S. Forest Service and White River National Forest said it’s time to start planning your summer recreation plans, especially if you want to visit the popular Maroon Bells.

“Reservations are available for many of our campgrounds and are necessary during busy times like the White River,” said Paula Peterson, recreation program manager. “Reservations help us manage usage and ensure visitors have a more enjoyable experience.”

Maroon Bells License

Maroon Bells Scenic Area

The Maroon Bells, located a few miles west of Aspen, are among Colorado’s most unique peaks.

The peaks are considered two of the most photographed mountains in North America, meaning many tourists flock to this picturesque region each year.

To visit the peaks, you must reserve a shuttle or a parking space.

On March 5, parking reservations will be available for the period May 15 to June 30. Parking reservations for July and August will be available on April 2, and reservations for September and October will be available on May 1.

Shuttle reservations for the entire season, from May 24 to Oct. 24, 2020, will be available starting March 5.

The Forest Service said a limited number of parking reservations would be released 72 hours in advance to avoid having all permits booked months in advance.

Reservations can be made on the Aspen Chamber website.

Night permit at Maroon Bells

If you plan to stay overnight and hike deeper into the Maroon Bells Wilderness, you will also need a reservation.

Permits will be available starting February 15 at 8 a.m. for dates between April 1 and July 31. Permits can be reserved here.

Once you have booked an overnight permit, you will receive a confirmation email giving you access to the dedicated wilderness overnight parking.

If you’re planning to visit some of the most scenic spots in Colorado’s backcountry, be sure to check to see if you need a reservation in advance.

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