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Independence Pass

Address: Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #2 of 27 Attractions in Aspen
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Independence Pass is above the timber line. Beautiful scenery great mountain driving great scenery lots of recreational adventures available

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Michigan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This drive is amazing. When leaving Aspen, you wind through narrow roads with amazing views as you swerve around the corners and hang along the edge of the mountains. At the top of the pass there is an observation area with parking and restroom facilities. If you love scenery, you should take the time for this drive. I will definitely... More

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

there are some nice overlooks to get out and take pictures, and you also go by the ghost town. For hikers I highly recommend stopping at Linkis Lake.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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235 reviews 235 reviews
68 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Independence Pass, one of the highest passes in Colorado, offers unparalleled views. It is usually windy, but on a clear day the 360 degree views are breathtaking. The drives up and down are steep and narrow in some sections, and as I learned on this visit, not for the faint of heart. Make sure that your car mates who are... More

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Lyons, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Most people just stop and look. There is some excellent hiking to be had from the Independence Pass parking lot. Be sure and dress for a change in weather and be aware of storm/lightening conditions. You are at the Continental Divide.

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Kiel, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are going to Aspen from the Denver area you may want to consider taking this route instead of I-70. It is only open until early November so make sure to check ahead before going this way. Beautiful scenery and cuts 40 miles off the trip though time similar due to lots of switchbacks. Take I-70 to 91 south... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews 86 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

With an afternoon of free time, we borrowed a car and drove to Independence Pass. Locals told us that it was likely one of the last days of the season to visit the Pass, before it was closed due to snow and ice for the season. What an unbelievably special drive this was from Aspen. It turned out being an... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

You have to drive this at least once. It's amazing and breathtaking. SO much to see getting and leaving there.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We came during the fall so the roads were clean and safe. Be careful because the roads are narrow, windy and curvy please be a smart driver. The lot is large and it has beautiful views of the Continental divide. Take a stop if you're headed in or out of Aspen!

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Evergreen, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We drove over Independence Pass coming from Aspen. Hwy 82 leaving Aspen is spectacular in fall, there are so many large Aspen tress. We pulled over several times to take pictures. Continuing on, the road gets very narrow in a few places before it opens up, and you begin the climb to the top. As with most mountain passes, there... More

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