Road to Maroon Bells, the classic place for fall colors in Colorado, closed by government shutdown

ASPEN, Colo. - The drive to one of the most famous places for taking photos in Colorado, especially with the fall colors, is closed because of the government shutdown.

The road to the Maroon Bells Recreation Area is part of the Forest Service.

"Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, access to the Maroon Bells will be closed until further notice," according to the Aspen Chamber of Commerce.

However, the road is open to pedestrians and bicycles. The road to the famous view is about 10 miles each way.

Because of the road closure and the popularity of that view, Aspen Mountain said it will offer rides on its Silver Queen Gondola for free this weekend.

"We know people come to Colorado from all over the world this time of year to see the stunning scenery and with the road closure and the difficulty of access for many people, this gives our guests a chance to view forests blanketed in gold and crimson from the summit of Aspen Mountain," said Rich Burkley, vice president of mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company.
 
The gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. Four-Mountain Sports will be open for bike rentals for those wanting to ride the road to the Maroon Bells.

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