The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. The bells are located about 12 miles southwest of Aspen. Both peaks are counted as fourteeners, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak sit above 14,000 feet. The view of the Maroon Bells to the southwest from the Maroon Creek valley is one of the most famous scenes in all of Colorado, and is reputed to be the “most-photographed spot in Colorado” and one of Colorado’s premier scenic overlooks. You’ve probably seen it from postcards and calendars hundreds of times but it never gets old. The peaks are located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of White River National Forest. My favorite time to view these icons is in the last week of September during Colorado’s autumn peak colors or in late July during wildflower season. The best time to photograph these marvels is sunrise or early morning when the sunlight hits the peaks.