Best Camping Spot With Maroon Bells Access (2004)

Silver Campgrounds, Aspen

The Maroon Bells outside of Aspen have long been considered one of the most stunning sights in a state full of eye-poppers. But folks were loving them to death, so in July 2000, traffic access was closed to most vehicles, and tour buses began running sightseers from Aspen Highlands to the trailheads. With one exception: The campgrounds -- Silver Bell, Bar and Queen -- along the road to the Bells not only boast decent campsites, but they let cars in, too. The Silver Campgrounds allow Maroon lovers to rough it -- without getting too rough.


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