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Address: Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
Activities: Driving

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There is only ONE Independence Pass

Make sure you take this either into or out of Aspen. Why, it is just incredible. And to think of those crazy forefathers doing this by covered wagon over a hundred years ago just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Naples, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Make sure you take this either into or out of Aspen. Why, it is just incredible. And to think of those crazy forefathers doing this by covered wagon over a hundred years ago just makes it seem like weed was used back then too!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A must for anyone, especially motorcyclists, looking for a very scenic route. Though narrowing some areas, this route passes near the river and through the Rockies. The views are absolutely breathtaking with Whitewater Rapids below and small waterfalls and creeks running along the road. The route leads to the continental divide and allows you to's have a 360° view of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is a must to take in the views driving using Independence Pass. The roads are narrow at times but stay with in speed limits and drive with caution and you should be perfectly fine. If you are driving past BuenaVista, pleasant little town to stop for lunch or overnight. Snow capped mountains even in summer. Enjoy the ride!

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We drove from the Aspen Side, what a drive with vistas everywhere you look winding back and forth getting higher and higher with each bend, stopping along the way to take the memorable picture, and finally reaching the summit at 12,095 ft or 3,687m We had snow laying around which made it even more picturesque ,,,, of to the look... More 

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Upland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This drive was a slice of heaven. The hills were beautiful. So many places to stop and take pictures. Bring your courage, though, cuz this road is not for the faint of heart. Many steep, winding turns to navigate. This beautiful journey is worth the white knuckles.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

On your way to Aspen, you must take Independence Pass ... but be prepared with your warm gear because you'll want to get out and you never know when it might snow.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing drive I threat from Denver to Aspen It is a most I drive by accidentally and was just blown away by how beautiful this was Very cold at the top- my trip was in late June

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

First rule: this is about the journey, not the destination. You can't be in a hurry here. We went in mid June, going west down the road from Fairplay, but the Buena Vista junction had high water and the road was closed; we went back north up to 70, and then south to the pass. We were fortunate not to... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is one of our favorite drives; the aspen trees are beautiful in the fall. A little scary; best to drive slowly.

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Waynesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The drive to get to Independence Pass is very exciting indeed and the Pass even more so. The views from the Pass are out of this world. We both really enjoyed our short visit. Will do it again next year.

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Address: Address: Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Aspen

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