Maroon Bells is a very special place, located ten miles West of Aspen. The peaks known as the Maroons rise in the background when you stand on the bank of Maroon Lake, offering a lush image which changes constantly for the next several hours.
To capture the phenomenon, one should arrive at 5:30 A.M. during the latter portion of September when the aspen leaves are turning yellow all over western Colorado. Parenthetically, that means freezing to death for a couple of hours while one awaits the alpenglow to paint the Maroons at sunrise. Then, in a very gradual way, the Sun invades the valley and illuminates everything.