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