Maroon Bells is popular for a reason: Colorado’s most photographed landscape is even better in living color, when the distinctive symmetry of snow-dusted Maroon and North Maroon Peaks are framed by a ribbon of aspens, all reflected on shimmering Maroon Lake. You won’t be alone, but still it’s worth the crowds. To reach the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness, head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trailhead.
Maroon Creek Rd. (9 miles southwest of Aspen)