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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness was one of five areas in Colorado designated as wilderness in the original Wilderness Act of 1964 which now comprises of 183,847 acres.

You'll have plenty of human company in Colorado's fourth largest Wilderness. This area exemplifies Rocky Mountain splendor with over 175 miles of trail that take users over nine passes above 12,000 feet, vast regions lie above the treeline, and long glacial valleys pointing to glistening alpine lakes.

With six peaks rising above 14,000 feet, this area draws mountaineers and riders by the thousands annually. The awesome, jagged symmetry of the twin 14,000 ft. the Maroon Bells, reflected in Maroon Lake, is the most photographed peaks in all of North America.

Local Info

Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness that are open to mountain bikes. This page serves as a general overview of the area.

Camping & Lodging

Use Permits: There are free self-registration Wilderness Use Permits available at the trailhead, one at the parking lot and one at the wilderness boundary on the way to Crater Lake. Be sure to include your camping locations for each night.

Food Storage: First is bear-proof storage. The Bells is in bear country and due to an increase in use, increase in bear activity and a focus on safety we have in place an order that requires overnight riders to use IGBC approved bear-proof food storage containers. As a reminder of proper use of the containers; all food (including alcohol), trash, and toiletries must fit in the container.

Recommended Routes in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 1

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Favorite Up and over Star Pass on the EMGT!

Grand Traverse Mountain Bike Course

41.6 mi 67.0 km 7,553' Up 2302.13 m Up 6,161' Down 1877.84 m Down

Aspen, CO

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Biking

  • 78 Miles 126 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 0 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 2 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Looking back at the mountains from the 401 Trail.
Feb 23, 2016 near Crested…, CO
Maroon Peak off in the distance.
Jul 29, 2017 near Crested…, CO
All smiles on this trail!
Aug 18, 2017 near Crested…, CO
High Alpine Meadow Beauty
Apr 4, 2013 near Crested…, CO
Cresting the 401.
Jul 10, 2016 near Crested…, CO
Great views!
Jul 27, 2013 near Crested…, CO
Top of the trail
Sep 7, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Enjoy this stellar view before making your way down!
Feb 17, 2017 near Crested…, CO