Maroon Bells shuttle service, parking will be reservations only again this year
Reservations will be required again this year to visit the iconic Maroon Bells Scenic Area near Aspen due to COVID-19 considerations.
Parking reservations will be required as soon as the Maroon Creek Road opens sometime in the spring, typically in mid-May. Reservations also will be required for shuttles operated by the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA), which run from June 7 until mid-October. The shuttles run every 15 minutes from Aspen, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking reservations will cost $10 and shuttle rides will cost $16.
Private vehicles can drop people off at the Maroon Bells without a parking reservation, but visitors who are dropped off will be required to purchase a one-way ticket back to Aspen ($10) in advance.
“A working group comprised of officials from the White River National Forest, RFTA, Pitkin County, city of Aspen, Aspen Skiing Company and (the Aspen Chamber Resort Association) had been working on solutions to mitigate traffic, parking and environmental impacts prior to COVID-19,” said Shelly Grail, recreation manager for the USFS Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. “The reservations system put into place for the 2020 season worked to mitigate overcrowding and manage demand, while also providing safety for the public and the bus operators.”
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