Even if you’ve never been to the Maroon Bells, there’s a good chance you’ve seen them before—the view of them from the parking lot is one of the most widely photographed vistas in the United States. While driving up the trailhead (there’s a $10 entrance fee) is gorgeous, it’s also crowded. To find some quiet, head up in the winter when you’ll have to snowshoe or cross country ski to reach the view, or hike up to nearby Crater Lake via a 3.6-mile trail—it’s steep, but worth it for the constant photo-ops.

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