EAST MAROON PORTAL PICNIC SITE, CO

East Maroon Portal Picnic Site sits next to Maroon Creek, offering spectacular views of aspen and evergreen forests. The area is an excellent gathering spot for families, group gatherings and parties. Reputed to be the most photographed mountains in Colorado, the spectacular ...
Status: Open through Fri Sep 26 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water available at this site
  • Welcome station is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Check in at Welcome Station to confirm reservation for site
  • Independence Pass (Highway 82) is normally open from Memorial Day through mid-October, weather dependent; call the 877-315-7623 for road updates
  • This area provides access to the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness area
  • Camping overnight in wilderness areas requires registration
  • Limited vehicle access to this site; shuttle bus service available
  • Click here for more information about White River National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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EAST MAROON GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC 75 0 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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Overview

Overview

East Maroon Portal Picnic Site sits next to Maroon Creek, offering spectacular views of aspen and evergreen forests. The area is an excellent gathering spot for families, group gatherings and parties.

Reputed to be the most photographed mountains in Colorado, the spectacular Maroon Bells dominate this setting. The picnic area is available for use by the general public, but can be reserved for private events. This is the only site available in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area for wedding receptions.

Natural Features:

Located in White River National Forest, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is one of the five original Colorado wilderness areas designated by the 1964 Wilderness Act. Scenery includes aspen groves, meadows of wildflowers and dark forests of spruce and fir that rise up from the valleys to alpine landscapes. Here, bighorn sheep, pika, and ptarmigan find habitat above timberline.

Towering over glacial valleys at over 14,000 feet in elevation, the Maroon Bells are the most recognizable peaks in the Elk Mountain range. Unlike other mountains in the Rockies composed of granite and limestone, the Maroon Bells are made up of metamorphic sedimentary mudstone that give the peaks their maroon color and unstable nature for climbing.

Recreation:

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is one of the top recreation Forests in the nation.

For hikers and backpackers, the Maroon-Snowmass Trail epitomizes the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Starting from the Snowmass Creek Trailhead, the trail winds through aspen groves, crosses streams and switchbacks through forests. Climbing to alpine terrain, backpackers will find high mountain lakes and a smattering of wildflowers in early summer. Designated camping sites are located at Crater Lake or Maroon Lake about 6 miles from the trailhead. Visitors should check regulations for camping in Colorado wilderness areas.

Facilities:

This picnic area is available for use by the general public, but can be reserved for private events for a fee. This is the only site available in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area for wedding receptions.

The picnic area has 3 large picnic tables and can accommodate up to 75 people.

Vehicle traffic is restricted on Maroon Creek Road from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. past the Maroon Bells Welcome Station. Individuals who reserve this picnic site are issued five vehicle passes which allow travel in a motorized vehicle past this point.

Options for access to the site include parking at Aspen Highlands Ski Area and shuttling guests in cars possessing vehicle permits or riding the Maroon Bells Shuttle Bus. Operating hours for the shuttle bus are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a fee of $6 per adult and $3 per child or senior.

Details of the recreation event or wedding must be disclosed and approved prior to day of the event. This includes items to be brought onto the site. Bird seed, confetti, electric music and PA systems are prohibited at the site.

Visitors are required to remove or dispose of decorations after events. Dumpsters are located in nearby campgrounds. Accessible vault toilets are available at this site.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby town of Aspen is a popular destination for visitors to the area. From downhill skiing and world-class fly fishing, to dining and resorts, there are a multitude of outdoor and indoor opportunities in this mountain town.

Booking Window
Wed Sep 03 2014 - Sat Aug 29 2015

Reservations must be made 5 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Mon May 26 2014 Fri Sep 26 2014
Peak Mon May 25 2015 Fri Sep 25 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Site
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Group Fire Ring
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseback Rides
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Trailhead
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Within 10 Miles
  • Hospital
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 26 2014 -
Sep 26 2014
GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC $75.00
Peak Season
May 25 2015 -
Sep 25 2015
GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC $75.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.10306, -106.93444
39°6'11"N, 106°56'4"W

From Independence Pass, take Highway 82 west from downtown Aspen for a mile to the roundabout. Take Maroon Creek Road 4.7 miles to the Maroon Bells Welcome Station; East Maroon Portal is 2 miles past the Welcome Station on the left.

From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 for 40 miles to the roundabout. Take Maroon Creek Road 4.7 miles to the Maroon Bells Welcome Station; East Maroon Portal is 2 miles past the Welcome Station on the left.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

EAST MAROON PORTAL PICNIC SITE
MAROON CREEK ROAD
ASPEN  CO  81611

Phone Number:

Information:  (970)925-3445
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