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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 #3 of 73 Activities in Aspen
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is a must try for all die hard snowmobile fans. The road goes on for miles and takes you far out into the back country. Better than any cat skiing we have done. This is Aspen paradise.

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Collinsville, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We've made this drive several times in both directions and spring through late fall. The view from the pass is impressive but the best part of the drive is the approach coming from the east. If you are not used to driving roads on the sides of steep cliffs this drive might be slightly unnerving, but it will definitely be... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
51 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Great drive in the summer. The climb up to Independence is fun from either side. From Aspen, you get the narrow sections where two cars won't fit side by side and you are hoping you don't meet a Suburban going the other direction. From the Leadvile side, you have a spectacular climb with great views (not for the height challenged).... More 

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Dillon, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Independence Pass is jaw dropping and beautiful experience. At the top of the Rockies, the views are beyond spectacular. The drive from IP into Aspen is equally beautiful. It is, however, closed for six months out of the year because of snow. In season it is well worth the trip.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We went int and out Aspen through this, and enjoy evry moment of it. Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful! Love it!

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Top of the world and the ride up and down was great. There is a nice walking trail to see the view from other angles.

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Osceola, Indiana
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Be patient on the way to and from the Pass and be prepared to pull over from time to time to take in some pretty scenery. Also, be prepared with warm clothing, gloves and scarves when you get to the top of the Pass - the wind can be brutal!

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Independence Pass is both beautiful and exciting. For those who are faint of heart, some parts of the road are very windy and sharp, and there are not a whole lot of guardrails. I loved it! At the peak of the mountain, you can get out and walk up a trail. I tried but had to turn back. Just be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you are in the area, and looking for a great drive through the mountains, this is my first pick. You can go from Aspen to the top and back in a few hours (some sightseeing taken into account). There are camping and hiking opportunities along the pass, and the fall colors are astounding. The things to consider: 1) it... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I always love a drive over the pass, especially in fall. It's so beautiful. A great way to spend the day or start a trip. Some of my fondest memories involve spending time exploring the ice caves, jumping in at the grottos, camping at lincoln creek, hiking, walking, and taking in the magnificence.

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