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Address: Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
Activities: Driving

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Great drive in Colorado

One of Colorado's outstanding drives. Beautiful scenery and great places to stop and take it in. Went Aspen to Leadville. We should have started earlier to have had more time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Kerrville TX, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

One of Colorado's outstanding drives. Beautiful scenery and great places to stop and take it in. Went Aspen to Leadville. We should have started earlier to have had more time in Leadville.

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Mobile, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Check the weather before you take this route. Yes, it is quicker to Denver. When we drove it low visibility from rain, fog and sleet. There is no cell service if you have a problem. Very few guard rails, if you loose control. It could be catastrophic if you brakes go out or your tires blow. If the weather conditions... More 

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Drove this pass from Denver to Aspen 10 years ago few times in the summer. Once it was snowing on June 14th, and anther time our car hit a baby deer's rear (not one got hurt nor did the deer luckily). Its beautiful but don't do this while tired.

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Wichita
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This would be an extremely dangerous road if everyone around you were driving safely. However, that is never the case, anywhere in Colorado. There are breathtaking views, which you will not be able to enjoy as you are clenching your teeth and gripping the steering wheel for dear life praying to make it through alive. For most Coloradans, the yellow... More 

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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was the most beautiful drive we have ever been on! Truly amazing! You feel like you are on top of the world! We would love to make this drive again if we had more time on our vacation. If you have the time, don't pass this drive up!

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great views of everything. Went from cloudy to sunny to snowing and back to sun again all in about 30 minutes. Snow in June was unbelievable. Glad I wasn't driving because I couldn't keep my eyes on the road.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Once you're over Independence Pass and are looking at it from the scenic pull-out, the pass is great. But for those of us who are scared spitless by heights, especially drop-off heights with nothing but air to catch the car if you were to careen off the road! (Remember, I'm totally afraid of heights.) We didn't careen off the edge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We started the day driving west on I70 from Vail, through Glenwood Canyon, then south on 82 to Aspen. After a side trip to the Maroon Bells, we continued south up Independence Pass. What an amazing drive. Views in all directions, plenty of places to safely pull off and admire the scenery, and more photo ops than you can imagine.... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Some friends and I went to maroon bells and took the long way home when we ran across independence pass. It was absolutely beautiful! Definitely I a good area to take some pictures. The flowers were all in bloom when we went in the beginning of July. I'd love to go again during the fall to see the leaves changing... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Stop and make a snowball in the middle of July! You will enjoy the drive from Twin Lakes to Aspen by stopping at Independence Pass.

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Address: Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Aspen

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