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“The most breathtaking Road Drive you can take in US” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Independence Pass

Independence Pass
Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #2 of 87 things to do in Aspen
Activities: Driving
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Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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“The most breathtaking Road Drive you can take in US”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Reaching up to Independence Pass, is more thrilling than any adventure ride that you might have ridden. And especially during the last week of May, when it opens and the road up to the Pass is covered in snow. It's breathtaking, surreal and once-in-a-lifetime trip to make.

Visited May 2013
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Washington, DC
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“Awe inspiring view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We drove through here on our way to Aspen and knew that the drive was supposed to be scenic - but wow! We walked around a little while at the top of the pass but the altitude was a little rough on us as we are from sea-level and just got to Colorado. But totally worth the amazing views. Several locals in Aspen recommended the hiking up there in the summer and will definitely do that next time.

Visited June 2013
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Get out and walk around.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The view is worth a break from the car, make sure to bring your camera. The bathrooms are scary though. Try to hold it.

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

What a beautiful place to drive! Wish we had more time to spend while driving through. The waterfalls and mountain views were breathtaking!

Visited June 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This drive, over Independence pass, is not for the weak of heart or those who are afraid of heights or sheer drop offs. For all others, though, definitely a must in Colorado. Make sure you stop and view the Independence and Ashcroft Ghost towns on the way into Aspen. Ashcroft, in particular, is awesome and in a beautiful location. Also take a picnic lunch- there are places you can stop and take in the view.

Visited June 2013
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