While we're staying in El Jebel, CO, one of the best places to go is Maroon Bells, just a little south of Aspen, CO.
Unless you get up really early, you have to take the bus to the Bells. Cars are prohibited on the road after 8:30 AM. But the bus driver was great - he pointed out these Marmots sunning themselves on a rock. Only when I looked at my picture did I see the baby at the bottom.
Maroon Bells is certainly the most photographed place in Colorado, and I'm sure these flowers are the most photographed foreground.
Look closely and you can see more wildlife.
Farther down the path around Maroon Lake are this pair of Canada Geese (aka "Rats with Wings") and their 2 babies.
Another nice shot of Maroon Bells with a beaver dam in the foreground.
You can also walk up to Crater Lake while you are there. At first, the trail goes through a grove of Aspen trees.
Then, the trail gets a little rockier...
Along the way, I saw a cute little Pica.
Crater Lake is located at the base of the Bells. WOW!
Coming back down the trail, you get a view of Maroon Lake.