Changes at Maroon Bells |

Changes at Maroon Bells

ASPEN ” Although hints of fall color are emerging on some hillsides in the Roaring Fork Valley, leaf peepers might have to wait longer for aspens to change in the stunning Maroon Creek Valley, according to U.S. Forest Service observers.

“Changing of the fall colors up in the Maroon Bells appear to be starting later than in the past few years,” said Peggy Jo Trish, Maroon Bells manager. “However, we expect to remain busy throughout the season.”

Access rules to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area changed on Labor Day and will be in effect until Sept. 30. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus tours will depart from Aspen Highlands only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-16 and $3 for seniors. Children under age six ride free.

Road restrictions for private vehicles will remain in place Friday through Sunday until the end of the month. However, Maroon Creek Road is open to private vehicles for a $10 fee between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Access is unrestricted after 6 p.m. on all days.

RFTA will not operate buses to the Bells after September 30. The $10 fee for private vehicles will be charged from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Oct. 1.

If the various rules confuse you, call the Carbondale office of the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District at 963-2266.

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