Hiking With the Family at the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado
The "most photographed mountains in North America" make not only a great backdrop for that family picture of your Aspen vacation, but the easy nature walk around Crater Lake at the base is a gentle introduction to hiking for the smaller set. Stop along the way to skip rocks in the pretty emerald water, spot fish and minnows, and admire the beaver dams with jagged snow-covered, bell-shaped mountains looming overhead. Crowds flock in the summer months, but perhaps the most glorious time to visit is the fall, when aspen trees tremble and turn golden yellow. Cars are prohibited from driving up to Crater Lake and the base of the Bells, but the Roaring Forks' narrated bus tours allow you to look all you want and learn about the flora, fauna, and landscape along the way.
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