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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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Aspen, Colorado, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you're in the Aspen area in the summer, May 31 to Nov 1, make sure you do the drive over Independence Pass on Hwy 82. You can go the Aspen to Twin Lakes direction or the other way if you're coming to Aspen from Denver. It's a beautiful drive with gorgeous views and plenty of places to stop and... More

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Burleson, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We were driving through Aspen on the way to stay the night in Salida. Google maps gave us a driving time of 2 hours...maybe if the road were straight and you could drive 60mph. The truth is the road is narrow uphill and winds back and forth, and sometimes without any guardrails. We wanted to take our time, but at... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

If you driving a large motor home read the signs and don't attempt to drive over Independence Pass!! This is a very nice safe road for those that don't have off-road capability. With the exception of a couple of spots this is a nice wide easy drive. Use your gears not your brakes on the downhills. Watch out for cyclists... More

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Saint Louis
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122 reviews 122 reviews
42 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Coming from Twin lakes or from Aspen this drive is amazing. Don't be in a hurry because the hair pin turns and steep grade require you to take your time. Make sure you shift into a lower gear going down hills if you're not used to mountain driving or you will burn up your bakes! Also don't try taking a... More

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Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Check it out by driving through or park and explore! Great for a scenic drive, but also the starting point of many incredible trailheads. Access to hiking, camping, and backpacking. If you're into cycling also check out Ride for The Pass.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

But worth it! You are on top of the world here. Make sure you have the time to drive slowly and deliberately, you will want to make several stops and just drink in the views.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We have driven Independence Pass a number of times. Like many Rocky Mountain passes, it is a little scary, especially if you are not used to such driving. But it ranks among the more lovely such passes you will encounter during any Rocky Mountain adventure. If you close your eyes and imagine what a mountain pass looks like, that is... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

absolutely picturesque. i started at the base of the pass with a very light dust of snow, crossed the pass into aspen - I would never suggest it in the snow, but so glad i did. i think they closed the pass for the season behind me. 20 miles, one hour, a blinding snowstorm and some once-in-a-lifetime, phenomenal mountaintop photos... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I have to say, this pass caused my heart to race more than once, but the experience and views were worth it! Thank goodness my husband drove, otherwise we never would have made it to the top. I was shaking just being the passenger! I did manage to take some amazing photos! The roads are narrow, especially starting out from... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

A great scenic drive. We went in the early fall and the colors were gorgeous. I have been on scenic drives from New York to Montana and this one rivals them all. You well need to set some time aside as it is not a short trip.

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