By: Jonas Henningsson
Getting there is hard work in the thin mountain air, but the rewards are all the greater for it: the turquoise mirror-sheen of the water, the full autumn splendor of the aspen trees, and those snow-capped twin peaks, Maroon Peak and Northern Maroon Peak—these are the Maroon Bells of Elk Mountain, Snowmass, outside Aspen. These mountaintops are some of the most photographed in the USA, and the reason why is no mystery to us when we stop to catch our breath up here. The bike ride back to Denver (12 miles) is a lot easier, as well—downhill all the way!
Maroon Bells, Snowmass Colorado – altitudes of 4,317 meters (14,163 feet) and 4,273 meters (14,019 feet), respectively