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You certainly must have a good imagination to picture how this town once looked. Once 90 buildings is reduced to few ruins in bad shape. Except one cabin which is privately owned. Not very impressive ghost town, but they are always worth visiting.
The only way to explain the difference in ranking is just that Ashcroft is closer to Aspen and near Pine Creek Cookhouse. Otherwise the mountain scenery is more beautiful here and history just as interesting. Ashcroft has the benefit of a small historical museum and...More
We've been to ghost towns before and this one is not anywhere near the top on our list. The ruins are in horrible shape except 3 buildings. Nature is taking back the land. Good picnic area because of views but no picnic table.
After accidentally ending up on the Independence Pass, we stopped at the ghost town because. . . why not? A $5 donation is requested but not required. Several houses line the way. Be sure to talk to the attendant for some history on why the...More
Not much to see -- a few restored buildings. Maintained by local volunteers, so it'd be a nice walk, if you're in the area and have some extra time. The placard on the history is interesting. Nice view down the valley.More
HistoryAspen, Public Relations Manager at Independence Ghost Town, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017
Thanks so much for visiting, we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the walk and the view. Aspen Historical Society, a non-profit organization, operates this site and we do offer guided tours throughout the summer months for additional interpretation. We hope to see you...More
We have been to Independence Pass several times, but somehow never stopped at this Ghost Town. This time we stopped at the ghost town and not the pass! It was well worth the stop! We had an enjoyable hike around the various buildings (or what...More
We enjoyed the drive, but went up specifically looking to find the abandoned mining community of Independence. We had beautiful weather in mid-June and all the snow was gone from the trail & grounds (though still melting off the peaks above). Our little boys (5...More