Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness

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Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Map showing the location of Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness
Map showing the location of Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness
LocationPitkin and Gunnison counties, Colorado, United States
Nearest cityAspen, CO
Coordinates39°05′N 107°00′W / 39.083°N 107.000°W / 39.083; -107.000Coordinates: 39°05′N 107°00′W / 39.083°N 107.000°W / 39.083; -107.000[1]
Area181,535 acres (734.65 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service

The Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in the Elk Mountains of central Colorado. The 181,535-acre (734.65 km2) wilderness was established in 1980 in the Gunnison and White River national forests. Within its boundaries are 100 miles (160 km) of trails, 6 of Colorado's fourteeners and 9 passes over 12,000 feet (3,700 m). The wilderness is named after the two peaks known as the Maroon Bells as well as Snowmass Mountain.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness". Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 11, 2012.