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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 59 attractions in Aspen
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
Activities: Driving
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

it is an absolutely breathtaking view! Narrow road that narrows even more at some points keeps you holding your breath...hairpin turns...little to none guard rails...not recommended for the faint of heart

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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212 reviews 212 reviews
45 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I've been over Independence Pass a number of times (both in a car and on a motorcycle) in both directions. The west side is beautiful, and the road from the top is slightly longer going into Aspen (20 mi) than into Twin Lakes (17 mi). The paved parking area at the top can accommodate several vehicles, and there are even... More

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Denver, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Independence Pass is only open in the summer, and when you drive up, you'll know why. Please go slow and give wide allowance to the cyclists. Keep an eye out for the -> Point of Interest -> on the west side of the pass. It's the ghost town of Independence, a fascinating place where you can lose an hour, easy,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The beautiful views go for miles. Have your camera ready and take advantage of different hikes you can take. We gave ourselves a half day and wish we could've spent an entire day! This pass will not disappoint you. We took our 4 kids, ages 2-8, and they loved it.

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Durant, Oklahoma
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This was our first time to drive up Independence Pass and it was a experience. It was cloudy and drizzly which was not the type of weather we wanted, but went on anyway. The views were absolutely breathtaking even with the clouds and drizzle. There were parts of the road between Aspen and the top that went down to one... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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443 reviews 443 reviews
336 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is how we came into Aspen, it is a long road but is is so magnificant to see, there are numerous places to stop and take pictures and enjoy the scenery.

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Austin, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was my 6th trip over the pass. It seems easier going into Aspen than the return trip. My first time it was kind of hairy but this time not so much. Just don't get stuck behind a bicycle.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous views and a developed over look area. Drive slow, and be prepared for the car in front of you to drive slower still. Lots of places along the way to pull off and see different things, and passing through Leadville is fun too. Put aside a few minutes to wander.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Colorado has 25 (or 30, depending on your source) "scenic byways." A handful are "national" scenic byways, and when you see that word -- national -- you are in for high adventure, if you take that road. (For the record, I rate Independence Pass, the Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park, and U.S. 550 connecting Ridgeway and Durango... More

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Avon, Colorado
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Since I was visiting Aspen for the day and had gone through Glenwood Springs on the way, I thought I'd return over Independence Pass as I hadn't been that way before (had come from the other side). The road was very busy! which wasn't unexpected given it was a Saturday and the USA Pro Challenge was starting Monday. I'm a... More

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