Reservations open for popular recreation area near Aspen

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Reservations to visit the Maroon Bells Scenic Area in 2022 will be available starting April 11, according to US Forest Service officials.

“The reservation system we’ve used for the past two years has been very successful in reducing overcrowding and improving the visitor experience at this iconic Colorado location,” said USDA Recreation Manager Shelly Grail. Forest Service Aspen-Sopris Ranger District in a news release. .

The current system was introduced in 2020, after the area reopened to the public following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mandatory parking reservations can be made for half day, full day or overnight and will cost $10. Visitors will also have the option of making shuttle reservations for $16. Shuttle passengers will be subject to State of Colorado or Pitkin County Board of Health COVID-19 guidelines.

“Private vehicles may drop off passengers at the Maroon Bells Scenic Area between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. without parking reservations; however, visitors who are dropped off during this time will need to pre-book a one-way return shuttle. Return tickets and reservations are not available in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area, and there is no cell service to access the reservation site,” the statement said.

Commercial drops by ride services like Uber are prohibited.

For more information or to book (after April 11), visit www.aspenchamber.org.

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