Colorado 82 East from Glenwood Springs to Maroon Creek Rd. Follow Maroon Creek Rd to Maroon Lake parking lot. Note: after 9am, you must take public transit. Park at Aspen Highlands parking lot to pick up shuttle to Maroon Lake.
Maroon Bells Wilderness is open May through late October with transit to Maroon Lake parking lot. Once snow starts to fall, Maroon Creek Rd. is close to traffic and if you wish to shoot the Maroon Bells, you will have to snowshoe or cross-country ski 6 miles to Maroon Lake.
The Maroon Bells, located outside of Aspen, Colorado are the most photographed location in the state of Colorado. During fall colors, it is not unusual to have 150 or 200 photographers lining Maroon Lake an hour prior to twilight. Fall colors 2012, I arrived at the parking lot 90 minutes before twilight, made my way to the prime spot and set up. Twilight came and it did not appear that I would get any clouds to add character. A couple minutes before sunrise the cloud in upper left rolled in. This particular morning, all the photographers were blessed with absolute calm. More often than not, winds howl at Maroon Lake and getting the mirrored glassy water shot is nearly impossible.