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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 #2 of 59 Attractions in Aspen
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
Activities: Driving
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Boulder, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous!! The drive through this pass if fun to drive and full of amazing mountain views. Pay attention to the signs closely, there are a few spots on the pass that only have one lane for both directions. Enjoy!

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New York City, New York
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173 reviews 173 reviews
67 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

End-to-end, about 40 miles of spectacular scenery. Not for the faint hearted. The road is narrow and winding......if you are afraid of heights, its probably not for you. But, if you drive slowly and carefully it is totally worth it. Its stunning. The drive is easier going east to west (to aspen) as you are more on the inside (mountain... More

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New York, New York, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Thsi was a great way to travel over the pass instead of the usual I-70 route. The only hitch is it is a bit scary during a storm. The road is VERY narrow in parts and it is slow going at times. It is so close at times that the side mirror from the cars coming the opposite direction almost... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Only open in summer but an awesome ride thru the high mountains. Just beautiful. Have a good camera as the vistas are breathtaking

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Would not recommend this drive during the night time. Very narrow and winding roads. Views are spectacular. Plan on taking your time.

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Peyton, Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Nice drive up and down (came from Leadville going to Aspen). Weather was terrific if a little windy and have to be careful driving, especially if you don't like heights and edges without some guard rails which might frighten some. Gotta go of course before snows close the road.

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Burleson, Texas
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146 reviews 146 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Last year we grossly underestimated our travel timing and managed to make it to the top of Independence Pass just at the last minutes of the evening twilight. This year we wanted to make it a point to get out of the car and go explore as a family. The best part of the pass is actually the drive up... More

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Raymore, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic way to get to Aspen from the Vail area. We started out 24 highway and the best way to explain it is the scenery unfolded in the most beautiful way. Think the view is good from Leadville? Just wait until you get to the Twin Lakes, and so on. I personally found this drive less terrifying than... More

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kansas city
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Afraid to drive so we took a private jeep tour with blazing adventures. Worth every penny, ask for Lane.

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