Thursday, August 26, 2010

Maroon Bells Guided Bus Tour is the Perfect Way to Take in the September Fall Colors

Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley are ideal for a fall visit-- the summer crowds have left, the days are warm and the nights are crisp, and there's no better place to catch the changing Aspen leaves. Lavender & Thyme Bed & Breakfast is the ideal place to turn in after a day of hiking, biking or just sightseeing in our beautiful mountain and valley setting.  We'll treat you to a tour on the Maroon Bells Guided Bus Tour from Aspen Highlands, which delivers passengers to the base of the famed Maroon Bells-- one of the most photographed natural attractions in the United States. A pair of passes for this tour are included in all September stays with us.  From the base, visitors can depart the bus for a short and incredibly scenic hike to Crater Lake (1.8 miles one way) or one of the longer hikes like Buckskin Pass (4.8 miles to the top of the pass), where you might see the resident Dall sheep grazing.  No matter how far your adventure takes you on the trail, a trip to these 14,000 foot Colorado peaks is memorable.

After Labor Day and before October, you can catch the Maroon Bells tour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. All of the Maroon Bells buses depart from Aspen Highlands Ski Area. Buses will leave every 20 minutes starting at 9:05am until 2:05pm, then on the hour and half hour until 4:30pm with the last bus returning to Highlands at 5:00pm. There is plenty of free parking at Aspen Highlands or you can take the free Castle Maroon Bus from downtown to reach Aspen Highlands.

The driver and tour guide will point out areas of interest and geographical features, describe the wildlife, and tell you some of the area’s history on your way to the Maroon Bells. When you arrive at Maroon Lake at the base of the Bells you may return on any later bus, affording you the opportunity to hike, take a guided nature tour from 10:00am to 2:00pm, picnic (there are no food vendors at the Maroon Bells), take pictures or have a moment of solitude. Remember a jacket, walking or hiking shoes, and of course, a camera. Tickets can be purchased at Four Mountain Sports at Aspen Highlands Village, and they're $6 for adults and $4 for kids 6-16.

Stay with us at Lavender & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, and we'll make sure you set out after having had a hearty breakfast. We can arrange picnic lunches to take along, and the valleywide Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus system can take you from our location in downtown Glenwood Springs all the way into Aspen and the Maroon Bells tour.

For more information on the Maroon Bells bus tour, check

To chat with us at Lavender & Thyme about this tour and all there is to do in September and October, give us a call at 1-866-526-3822 or book now here.   We hope to host you in the idyllic autumn weeks ahead!

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