You know the question "Beach or mountains?" that's often asked to determine what sort of spot you're most likely to enjoy living or vacationing in? I usually gravitate towards the beach side of things, but then blue horizons and sunsets, while beautiful, rarely inspire the true sense of awe a spectacular mountain setting can.
Take Maroon Bells in Aspen for example.
This pair of peaks in the Elk Mountains is one of the most photographed spots in Colorado and for good reason, particularly during the fall as the leaves change, their vibrant colors reflected on the flat waters of Maroon Lake. During the summer it's accessible by vehicle, but I like the idea of hiking the Maroon-Snowmass Trail in and camping, or arriving on horseback. Winter visitors can expect fewer crowds as the only way to reach this beautiful spot during colder months is by cross country skiing or taking a snowmobile. T-Lazy-7 runs a two-hour visit, which includes a cup a hot chocolate at the lake. And, note to engaged nature lovers, you can even get married here, too.