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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 58 attractions in Aspen
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
Activities: Driving
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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Scenery that is a must on the Continental. Snow views to please the kids year round. An easy drive from Aspen, if narrow winding roads don't bother you.

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Olathe, Kansas, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen..with every turn there was a beautiful scene to enjoy.At the top 12000 ft, what a spectacular view, lots of photo ops on the way up even some deer crossed our path. Breath Taking Views!! Highly recommend!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We weren't intending to cross Independence Pass, particularly on our initial ride into Aspen, but that's how the GPS took us and the view was outstanding. The 12,000 foot altitude, though, is not for those who have troubles adjusting to these heights. But the walk is relatively short and worth the 15-minute walk.

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Savage, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Drove it from east to west, which means we were not driving right next to most of the steep drop-offs, which can be a bit intimidating. Plenty of places to pull off the road for some vistas and picture taking.

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

i love to drive. This route from sante fe to aspen over independence pass is breath taking. You feel like you are going to fall off the face of the earth around some of the hairpin turns. Awesome views at the top and the drive down to aspen is terrific.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My husband and I made our first trip over Independence Pass in the mid 1970s. At that time the road was about 1 1/2 lanes wide for most of the trip, and guard rails were few to none. We have never forgotten the one switchback where we met a truck coming the other way, and one of us had to... More

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Chino Valley
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you are exploring beautiful Colorado, do not miss Independence Pass! The pass normally opens in late May and is well worth the drive. We started at Twin Lakes, (on the East side) beautiful and surrounded by mountains, green meadows, and if your timing is good, wildflowers! Twin Lakes historical district has some great historical buildings, a restaurant and inn,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Take this route from Denver! Truly the most beautiful drive for the family! I would only do this during the day as scaling the mountains may be a bit dangerous at night!

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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Worth the drive along very narrow and curvy roads! The view is great! Be sure and walk slow with plenty of water if not use to 12,103 feet high! The wildflowers in July were beautiful.

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Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you're in a hurry, don't take the pass. If you're not in a hurry, it's gorgeous! Many, many places to stop...campgrounds, historical views, hiking! Had we known how long it was, we would have taken a couple of days to see it all...Just gorgeous. I highly recommend it. Especially if you want to stop and learn about the history!

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