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Buses lined up for Maroon Bells foliage viewing

Gabe Rodriguez snapped this photo of the Maroon Bells Tuesday showing freshly fallen snow on the peaks.
Gabe Rodriguez/Special to The Aspen Times |

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will offer bus service to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area seven days a week through September as leaves take on fall colors. The last day of bus service to the Maroon Bells this year will be Oct. 4.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Maroon Bells road is limited to buses. Exceptions will be made for vehicles carrying 11 or more occupants and vehicles displaying disability placards, along with vehicles carrying infants in cars seats on a space available basis.

Bus tickets to the Bells cost $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 16 and $4 for seniors. Children younger than 6 ride free. Tickets can be purchased at Aspen Highlands Four Mountain Sports. RFTA buses depart Aspen Highlands Village every 20 min, starting 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., then on the half-hour and on the hour from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The last bus departs the Maroon Bells Day Use Area at 5 p.m.



After Oct. 4, Maroon Creek Road is open to vehicles 24 hours a day with a $10 use fee or a national pass.

PARKING



Parking at the Aspen Highlands bus plaza is very limited due to planned parking lot reconstruction that began this week. Use of the free Castle Maroon bus (Route No. 3) from Rubey Park to Highlands is strongly encouraged as a connection to the Maroon Bells bus. There will be increased parking enforcement and vehicles exceeding the 24 hour limit will be towed.

PASSES

America the Beautiful Interagency Passes, which are good for all federal fee areas, including national parks, and Maroon Bells Passes are available for purchase at the welcome station.

The Every Kid in a Park Pass gives free access to Maroon Bells Scenic Area by individual vehicles before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m., before Oct. 4 to U.S. fourth-graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age).Visit https://everykidinapark.gov for information on how to obtain a pass.

Passes are not valid while the shuttle bus is running.

For additional information on the Maroon Bells Scenic Area and the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness please visit http://tinyurl.com/osc42ya or call Martha Moran at 970-404-3155. Additional information on viewing fall colors around the White River National Forest can be found at http://tinyurl.com/WhiteRiverinfo.


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