Maroon Bells



This is arguably the most photographed spot in Colorado. It is the Maroon Bells, as seen from Mirror Lake. The Maroon Bells are two 14ers that have been given the unenviable nickname of the “deadly bells” because of how many people have died while trying to summit the peaks. These mountains are unusual in the Rockies. They are made up of mudstone rather than granite. The mudstone give the bells their maroon color, but it is a stone that fractures easily creating deadly loose rocks. The loose rock can give way easily, crushing climbers or causing climbing hooks to fall out of crevices, thisĀ is what has led to the Bells more notorious nickname.

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