If you’ve ever typed “Colorado” into a Google search, you’ve probably seen a picture of the Maroon Bells. This spot, consisting of two peaks—Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak—in the Elk Mountains is one of the most photographed places in the state. They’re called “the bells” because of their unique bell-like shape, and the word “maroon” comes from the color of the rock on the peaks’ faces when the light hits it just right.

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Spring at the Maroon Bells - OutThere Colorado
Spring starts to bloom at the Maroon Bells.

While these peaks are beautiful from afar, they can be quite dangerous to climb. The fragile type of mudstone they’re made of has caused many accidents throughout the years, earning them the nickname “the Deadly Bells.”

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Summer at the Maroon Bells - OutThere Colorado
The Maroon Bells nearing the end of summer.

Nearly 300,000 people visit the Maroon Bells during each peak season, which typically runs from mid-June to October.


Fall at the Maroon Bells - OutThere Colorado
The Maroon Bells during fall.

The peaks of the Maroon Bells are both 14ers, with North Maroon Peak reaching 14,019 feet and Maroon Peak reaching a whooping 14,163 feet.

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Maroon Bells during Winter - OutThere Colorado
A winter sunrise.

Regardless of when you’re visiting, make sure you join the crowd by snapping a shot with this beautiful Colorado destination.

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