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#1 jcarney@drury.edu

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:13 PM

Traveling in a 17' Freedom Deluxe thru Colorado for the first time from Colorado Springs through Aspen on to Utah.  We want to stop and see Maroon Bells but can't figure out where to camp or even how to get into Maroon Bells.  Don't need any hookups, have generator and can boondock (only talking 1 night).  I've checked camp sites near Aspen but all are filled.  Not even sure if we are allowed to drive to Maroon Bells (with or without the Casita) or have to take the shuttle - we also are traveling with 2 siberian huskies so that's out.

 

Or any other suggestions for sights we should see on that route - just want to see Colorado beauty and do some easy hikes with our dogs.  Anyone have any advice or even websites to look at - will get to Aspen in one week (9/18).  Thank you!

 



#2 clover

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 10:29 AM

This time of year you'll have to take a bus

http://www.colorado....t-you-need-know

 

there is dispersed camping allowed in the area in the White River National Forest

https://www.fs.usda....=40405&actid=34

 

https://www.aspencha...ion/camping-rvs

 

I've stayed in large church parking lots. It looks like the local LDS church is a bit remote and adjacent to Maroon Creek Rd. 

http://tinyurl.com/aspenLDS


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#3 jcarney@drury.edu

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:15 PM

Thanks, learned a little today....You can drive into Maroon Bells before 8AM and after 5PM.  You have to take the shuttle between 8-5 from Aspen Highlands.  There is a small charge to park there, but you cannot park a trailer - cars only.  You can park elsewhere in town and take a city bus (RFTA), but city buses do not allow pets unless they are in a crate.  The Maroon Bells shuttle does allow dogs.  There are a couple exceptions to the 8-5 no drive timeframe...you can drive in if your vehicle is authorized handicap or you have a toddler in a car seat.  There is a $10 charge to drive in before, during or after 8-5.

 

There is dispersed camping in the WHite River National Forest, but the ones near Maroon Bells are booked 6 months out, most of the others I found are first come/first serve.  There is an RV park 30 minutes north in Basalt and several lots where you can boondock 60 minutes north in Glenwood Springs (Walmart, Cabela, Elks if you are a member, to name a few).