Maroon Bells bus service drops to weekends
September 3, 2009
ASPEN – Visitors to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells near Aspen will have vehicular access to the scenic spot starting Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Summer bus service to the Bells will be curtailed to weekends only for the remainder of September after Labor Day weekend.
The buses will continue to run Friday through Sunday on September weekends; motorists aren’t allowed to drive up to the lake while the buses are running. The bus runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the last ride down from the lake leaving at 5 p.m. Riders must catch the bus at Aspen Highlands, where parking is free.
The fee to ride the bus is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
On Mondays through Thursdays after Labor Day, motorists may drive up throughout the day, but must pay the $10 fee at the entrance gate between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. A $10 pass is valid for five days.
Motorists are also permitted to drive to the lake on weekends when the buses are not in operation, but must pay the fee when the entrance gate is open. Vehicles aren’t allowed past the gate after 8:30 a.m. on days the buses operate, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
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Starting Oct. 1, bus service will cease completely, the entrance station will close and access will be free, said a Forest Service representative.