Maroon Bells - Ashcroft - Red Rock, CO


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September 27th 2009
Published: October 15th 2009
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This morning we visited the Maroon Bells a much photographed set of red mountain peaks near Aspen. By the time we arrived at 8:30 am the parking lot was almost full and many, many photographers were surrounding the lake to photograph the Bells. The aspen were past peak here, but the area was still beautiful. I spent an enjoyable hour photographing. We left the crowds behind and drove to Ashcroft a restored mining town not far from the Maroon Bells. The road paralleled Castle Creek and was not heavily traveled. The aspens were beautiful and the temps were comfortable which made for a very enjoyable trip. Ashcroft was fun to photograph and after Frank had made some rock collecting stops we headed west away from the Aspen area. We stopped for the night at a CO state Park near Red Rock. It was a pretty place near the Crystal River and an extra bonus - - it had water and electric



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Maroon BellsMaroon Bells
Maroon Bells

Located in a National Forest in Aspen, this is a very popular place to visit
The Old HotelThe Old Hotel
The Old Hotel

Many of the aspen leaves had all ready fallen
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Campsite at Red Rock

It was quiet and a pretty autumn scene
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In the Cleft of the Rock

A lone flower sheltered from the cold was still blooming.


5th January 2011

Stunning photos!
Thanks for sharing

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