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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #3 of 58 attractions in Aspen
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
Activities: Driving
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

i love to drive. This route from sante fe to aspen over independence pass is breath taking. You feel like you are going to fall off the face of the earth around some of the hairpin turns. Awesome views at the top and the drive down to aspen is terrific.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and I made our first trip over Independence Pass in the mid 1970s. At that time the road was about 1 1/2 lanes wide for most of the trip, and guard rails were few to none. We have never forgotten the one switchback where we met a truck coming the other way, and one of us had to... More

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Chino Valley
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you are exploring beautiful Colorado, do not miss Independence Pass! The pass normally opens in late May and is well worth the drive. We started at Twin Lakes, (on the East side) beautiful and surrounded by mountains, green meadows, and if your timing is good, wildflowers! Twin Lakes historical district has some great historical buildings, a restaurant and inn,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Take this route from Denver! Truly the most beautiful drive for the family! I would only do this during the day as scaling the mountains may be a bit dangerous at night!

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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Worth the drive along very narrow and curvy roads! The view is great! Be sure and walk slow with plenty of water if not use to 12,103 feet high! The wildflowers in July were beautiful.

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Georgia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you're in a hurry, don't take the pass. If you're not in a hurry, it's gorgeous! Many, many places to stop...campgrounds, historical views, hiking! Had we known how long it was, we would have taken a couple of days to see it all...Just gorgeous. I highly recommend it. Especially if you want to stop and learn about the history!

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Maribor, Slovenia
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62 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We couldn't miss Aspen and the Independence pass being in CO, so we took the road from Colorado Springs toward Aspen via the pass. We had a 27ft RV and had no problems at all, road is very nice and the view is EXCELLENT. So many nice photo opportunities! Climbing up toward the top you can slowly feel the effect... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

There are not many words that sum up what this pass is like. I had a clear sunny warm but not hot day. The view is very scenic and there are lots lots of pull offs so you can stop and take pictures. I did get a headache from the altitude. It is 12,095 feet at the top of the... More

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Washington, DC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Twisty, windy and just gorgeous. It's worth the extra driving time to take Independence Pass. You'll be sorry if you don't!

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Indianapolis, IN
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We drove west to east and passed several bikers who were making their way to the top. There are several pull off park areas near the beginning, so we took the opportunity to stretch our legs, throw some springtime snow balls, climb on rocks, cross bridges, and snap some pretty pictures. The road narrows and has water running across it... More

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