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Address: Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Beautiful views at this gateway to Aspen and beyond

This is my favorite way in and out of Aspen on 82. It's often closed in winter due to snow (at the moment my apple maps says it reopens 5/27/16) and if you are flying in and out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my favorite way in and out of Aspen on 82. It's often closed in winter due to snow (at the moment my apple maps says it reopens 5/27/16) and if you are flying in and out of Denver this route would be out of the way, as you would head north rather than south. It can also be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether by car, motorcycle, or bicycle, Independence Pass is a beautiful drive/ride. During the summer, it's the most beautiful route into and out of Aspen.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I road Independence Pass on my bicycle, while it was sunny and warm at the bottom, there was still snow on the summit ... but I'd do it again! Just be prepared for changing weather conditions if you decide to do this yourself, no matter the time of year. I got quite the wind-burn on my face riding down the... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful but must keep eyes on the road altho' difficult to do. The road is narrow and winding. Especially love going from east to west. A good way to drop into Aspen.

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Playa Coronado, Panama
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This road is closed in the winter because of heavy snow and the road isn't plowed. During the rest of the year it is a beautiful drive over the top of the rocky mountains and into Aspen. Take this road and avoid all the interstate traffic thru Colorado.

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Fayetteville, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We drove this Pass with several turn offs to get out and enjoy the scenery. If you are fortunate enough to make this trip you will appreciate every word of America The Beautiful!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

When in town make the time to do this drive up from the Aspen side. Early October gives you a great look of the Fall changes before the Pass shuts down for the season. Fantastic drive with tremendous views on the way up and at top of the Pass. It is a tight drive so make sure to share the... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Gorgeous view, definitely the place to get that vacation in Colorado photo! I've been here during every season and each one is as gorgeous as the last!

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seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Dramatic light on peaks and meadows during and after summer storm. Many switchbacks and several sections of one lane road. Highly recommended but not faster from I-70 westbound than going through Glenwood Springs to Aspen.

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Southern california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

If you are in the area this is a drive you shouldn't miss. The views are unbelievable. There is a scenic stop right at the continental divide and you can walk along paths through alpine meadows filled with still alpine ponds. We took some family photos and people thought the background was fake it is so spectacular. The drive is... More 

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