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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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Cross the Continetal Divide at over 12000 FT!

I drove from aspen, and a really lovely drive through the trees climbing and climbing and going around bends with glimpses of the mountains. Emerged at the continental divide at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Thornton-le-Moor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I drove from aspen, and a really lovely drive through the trees climbing and climbing and going around bends with glimpses of the mountains. Emerged at the continental divide at over 12,000 FT with spectacular views of the mountains that are over 14000 FT. The drive down the other side to twin lakes very different scenery, but very bendy with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This drive is so beautiful, it is an OMG experience. Let the best driver drive. It is hairpin turn highway.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful drives in the USA. Top out at very high elevation, so be aware that it can be hard to breathe. Just be aware that it gets closed off in the winter.

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Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Independence Pass is on the back road from Aspen to Leadville, so time is needed to navigate some of the winding roads. The Pass is nicely maintained with restrooms and paved path to walk back from the road to see the mountain vistas on all sides. We only walked part of the way up and back but enjoyed the beautiful... More 

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Denver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth the drive! Lots of steep cliffs next to narrow roads without guard rails! Can make passengers and drivers nervous, but it is exciting and beautiful. The view on the way up and at the top is gorgeous.

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A beautiful drive on the high road between Leadville and Aspen. The only real problem is that the drive will probably not see much of the scenery, because it's a narrow road that tends to be full of bicycles, and you really need to keep your eye on the road. One thing you can do is to get out from... More 

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Mile High
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Some tight hairpin turns, steep roadside drop-offs, and one-lane sections, but one of the best views in America. I'm a Colorado driver, so it didn't bother me much, but so is my wife and she was cringing at times. The views make up for it, though.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We drove over the pass in early October. The Aspen leaves were beautiful. It started snowing as we reached the top. Note this pass closes for the winter, or whenever there is enough snow to make it hazardous.

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

just beautiful, Colorado does not get much better. The road is a little scary but worth it. The grottos are a great stop on the way.

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Allen, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Breath-taking - and a little scary at times. This is definitely worth the drive. Take your time and enjoy one of the most scenic drives you will ever take.

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