Aspen Trip: Day 2 Maroon Bells & Frying Pan Road/Rhudi Reservoir

Cup Of Jo


Y’all, I’m sitting here realizing its THURSDAY?! This week has actually just flown past me- granted no complaints by any means, because your girl is always ready for Friday 🙂

Today I’m picking up where I left off with our Aspen trip with Day 2 adventures. If you missed Day 1 where we explored a special place in Vail you can go here to check it out!

Day 1 Vail & AirBnb

Maroon Bells (Aspen)

We got a very early start on Day 2 to see the ever popular and famous Maroon Bells in Aspen. We had, in advanced, bought tickets to go see this place and they let us know to arrive prior to 8AM because the parking lot gets full quickly (as I’ve also been advised from a plethora of people too). Andrew and I were up for 5AM and jet set gone by 5:30AM in hopes we could get there by 7AM.

We made it into the entranceway by 7AM, it was actually odd because no one was there to check in with. So we basically just drove right in and made it into the parking lot for the Bells. We were probably 1 out of 4 cars in the lot which was a relief. It was also a Friday, a weekday, which could’ve helped.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: There’s two ways of getting to Maroon Bells: (1) You can get there early like we did (8AM and earlier) and get a parking spot right in the lot, a short walk away from the Bells. (2) If the lot is full, the alternate option is to park further away and take the shuttle bus. If you prefer to drive right in, I’d just advise to get there early. We also bought our parking ticket in advance online which I would recommend because theres signs on the drive in saying to ‘buy tickets online’. It leads me to believe they don’t sell them at the entranceway. My next recommendation, if you decide to go early, I’d bring bug spray and dress warm, even in the dead of July its pretty brisk out. Lastly, dogs are allowed, but not allowed on the hiking trails.

Like I said, if you get a spot in the parking lot you’re a very short walk away from seeing the Bells.


Unreal. The water is basically glass the reflection onto the lake was crystal clear.


Also perks of getting there early, no one is around to photobomb your pictures 😉 And if you’re like me, you need like at least 50 shots to get 1 good one. LOL

So from here, theres a few different recommended hiking trails. We chose the 3mile scenic route which, again, for going so early it was nice because no one was there on the trail and you’re not dying from the mid-day heat. The cool breeze actually made it very comfortable to hike around.

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We wrapped up around 9:30AM-10AM and by the time we got back to the car, the lot was full and there was a crowd around the lake. ~Early bird gets the worm~

The next part of our adventure was to take a drive through a nearby scenic bypass road called “Frying Pan Road” and to check out Rhudi Reservoir.

Frying Pan Road & Rhudi Reservoir

Luckily to get to Rhudi Reservoir you have to take Frying Pan Road to get there, so we were back on the road. Frying Pan Road was pure nature eye candy. Surrounded with mounds of towering mountains, driving up them through them and down them. It was a sweet mix of these red stone mountains and these lush green mountains. Screen Shot 2020-07-13 at 12.33.56 PM

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We got to Rhudi Reservoir and my quick tip here would be to BRING CASH! It’s $8 to get in, we didn’t have cash but the gent was so kind and lovely and let us in anyways.

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My favorite thing about this reservoir is that, because this town is surrounded by the brightest, reddest, red stone mountains- there was red stone in the water as well. I took this photo with the sun beaming in my face and I didn’t realize till after the fact that the water reflected pink from the red stone. SO COOL. We laid out and swam for a few hours. Y’all it was HOT out. It was actually a solid high 80’s low 90’s our entire trip. Scorching.

Once we had our fill of sun, we headed back to hang out with Vinny. We spent the remainder of the night relaxing at home on that balcony that we loved so much. And needless to say, we were wiped from our early wake up call and being under the sun for so long. Sunscreen is a must!

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I will say Vin LOVEED the vacation life. He had the entire backyard to run around in and seeing the joy in his face sprinting from end to end was the sweetest sight.

And that sums up Day 2. Tomorrow I’ll have Day 3 and 4 to conclude the trip so I’ll see you then!

xo, JJ

8 thoughts on “Aspen Trip: Day 2 Maroon Bells & Frying Pan Road/Rhudi Reservoir

  1. When are you making a book and selling your photography please? Hello I think this is your CALLING in life or at least one of them because your photos light up my soul every single time. I cannot get over your photos 😭 anyway I’m glad you had a lovely time and how lovely of that guy to let you in despite you not having the cash! What an ANGEL! ❤️ Thanks for sharing twinnie!


    1. Twinnie! That’s such a brilliant idea, I would honestly love to make some sort of travel guide book! I see so many influencers do it and it’s inspiring! If/when I ever do I’ll make a special dedication page to you for coming up with the idea 🙂 ❤

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      1. Omg please do!!!!!!!!! You will do it I believe in you& you have the power to do this. Your pictures are of the highest quality and you know all the best spots! Please please do this and omg you’re too sweet but noooo! This is your baby and it’s all down to YOU!!!! ❤ xxx

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  2. Vinny is SO stinking cute! I know I haven’t met him, but I already love him! Girl your pictures are gorgeous! I love that you get up early! I am the same way! No photobombing for me! Unless it is wildlife :p ❤


    1. Right, I’m such a morning person and in turn allows me to take like 100 shots to get one good one without embarrassment LMAO.


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