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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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Beautiful and not for the feint of heart

It is a gorgeous trip between Crested Butte and Aspen. We hiked the trail one way and drove the pass for the return. Would highly recommend both.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a gorgeous trip between Crested Butte and Aspen. We hiked the trail one way and drove the pass for the return. Would highly recommend both.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is truly a majestic example of the beauty of this planet! The ride there might be a scary at parts but it is definitely worth it.

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Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On a beautiful day we stopped to look at the ghost town of Independence and at the Grottos to climb around. Then up to the pass. I would only recommend this on a dry day.

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Noida, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were going to Georgetown from Aspen and my GPS TomTom showed me route via Independence pass. It was one of my life's best drive. It was scary to drive at some places but overall it was an easy drive. Views from Independence pass are incredible.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the drive from Aspen, although don't be in a hurry as the road is very tight in places. Stop at all the turnouts on the way up.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were headed to Snowmass for a long weekend getaway, and took "the long way". This was a beautiful trip over the pass. The leaves are just starting to change, and I couldn't imagine what a sight it will be when the colors are in full effect. The pass road is very narrow in spots, only one car wide, but... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to CO and this part of the US. The drive is wonderful with so many, many vistas it's hard to count. Have excellent driving experience and a well-serviced vehicle. The Continental Divide and the history of this spectacular area is something not to be missed. Be patient and courteous as there are turnouts for photos.

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having driven on Trail Ridge Road in RMNP I was prepared for the slightly intimidating drive over Independence Pass. That said, I still had a firm grip on the steering wheel. The scenery is gorgeous. Every glance out the window is a postcard picture. It's a helluva ride! (I also recommend Rabbit Ears Pass west of Steamboat Springs. Not as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing views, but quite possibly one of the "hairiest" drives I have ever made! Great view once you get to the top, but coming down towards Aspen, the road is incredibly narrow with lots of blind curves.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

No words can express the vastness and beauty of this spot. It was like reaching the heavens. I felt so small and insignifigant in the light of this wonderous space. Like i could touch the sky.

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