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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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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I felt like I'm on Top of the world when passing through Independence Pass. The Highlight of our holiday, we spent the whole sightseeing the area. The mountainous, colourful Pine Trees and the riverside view (collected various size of rocks for souvenirs -token we've been there). The interesting part when we checked the " Ghost Town" area and famous Sky-drive... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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88 reviews 88 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Driving from Denver to Aspen is a very pretty drive (certainly after Idaho Springs - we were stuck in a traffic jam up to this point). A bit windy and steep with some sheer drops from the road which might require a little concentration from less experienced drivers. And at the very top there is good parking with a signboard... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We drove the Pass this week to see the fall colors and it was fantastic! Very little traffic and the area around Twin Lakes was at peak color with lots of yellow and red leaves. Have fun and take your time.

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The best part of this road is before you get to the pass (I was coming from Buena Vista), There are a couple of scenic viewpoints where you can see the reflection of Mount Elbert in one of the twin lakes. Get there when the lake is calm, and you will have a photo suitable for many calendars. The round... More

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New York City, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous views but I had to pull to the side several times to let other cars pass since I was petrified driving over Independence Pass. Worth doing it at least once!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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117 reviews 117 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This was a nice drive from Twin Lakes to Aspen over Independence Pass. I think driving towards Aspen makes the drive a little less scary for most because you are towards the inside where the road is narrow and there is no guard rail. Take your time and its an easy trip, the scary parts just last a few minutes.... More

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Lafayette, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Bike up the pass in May before the pass is open for vehicles. The solitude and silence of the undisturbed wilderness will hold you in awe. Enjoy. It's a long climb, but worth it.

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Mason, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Twisty and curvy and amazing scenic views of the mountains add up to a ride well worth taking. The pulloffs allow lots of space for parking and picture taking too.

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Pros: Winding, but beautiful drive. Not as scary as Mt. Evans or Pike's Peak. Cons: a little long, no guard rails.

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Boulder, Colorado
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I spent many summers in Aspen so I can drive the pass with my eyes closed (well, not quite) but the views are amazing and it really is a lot of fun. It's paved the whole way but in places drops down to just barely wide enough for 2 cars (with a small rock guard and then a sheer drop... More

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