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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Prettiest drive in Colorado

Took this drive through Independance Pass coming back to Denver from Aspen. Beautiful, beautiful... read more

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Kevin F
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Castle Rock, Colorado
I Have No Words

Our flight was cancelled at the last minute and we were lucky enough to find an Uber driver to take... read more

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spokanesid
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Spokane, WA
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
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“twin lakes” (99 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (114 reviews)
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Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
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+1 970-925-3445
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"continental divide"
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"twin lakes"
in 99 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 114 reviews
"hairpin turns"
in 32 reviews
"single lane"
in 14 reviews
"drop offs"
in 14 reviews
"narrow road"
in 24 reviews
"scary drive"
in 18 reviews
"afraid of heights"
in 32 reviews
"speed limit"
in 18 reviews
"buena vista"
in 17 reviews
"colorado springs"
in 17 reviews
"take your time"
in 42 reviews
"bring a jacket"
in 18 reviews
"road trip"
in 22 reviews
"take pictures"
in 39 reviews
"west side"
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Reviewed today

Took this drive through Independance Pass coming back to Denver from Aspen. Beautiful, beautiful drive. A couple of tight one lane spots but in general, good enough roads and stellar vistas of the peaks form a wide, green valley.

Thank Kevin F
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Reviewed today

Our flight was cancelled at the last minute and we were lucky enough to find an Uber driver to take us to Denver. She took us through this area and it was absolutely breathtaking!

Thank spokanesid
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Reviewed 3 days ago

After being through the beartooth pass in Montana this road wasn't much. However it's still a nice drive. You can still get pretty darn high, if you want to go higher try Pike's Peak or Mt Evans. Independence ghost town is on this pass/road.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a wonderful road full of places to stop and hike. The views were amazing but be ready for a drive up and down this mountain.

Thank Kathy Z
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We lucked out, the road had only recently opened for the season. The views were spectacular! Be sure to fill your tank and have some food/beverages handy as there are very few amenities along the way. Give yourself time to explore the rest areas, you...More

Thank labema22
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful overlook with a great trail to explore. Be prepared for the weather- bring a jacket even in July! It was a bit chilly and windy but well worth the stop for the views.

Thank kellycY7296QZ
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Drove from Aspen to Colorado Springs. I was a little nervous about this road after reading things on the internet about the high drops and no guardrails. It was well-worth the drive. I don't really like heights but this road was fine even in the...More

Thank sharonbQ7070AK
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you visit Colorado you really need to get to the high country. Independence Pass will put you right on the edge of the tree line. It's a winding, scenic road which is part of the attraction. It sits on the Continental Divide. There are...More

Thank BLT1991
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was the second drive through Independence Pass. The first trip six years ago was different. At that time it was heavy traffic, trucks, large RVs, and a crumbling road. This time there was little traffic, newer road, and a lot of guard rails. Made...More

Thank Randy F
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This has to be the most beautiful drive of all...period!!! I've been in many, many states from east to west, and driving from the Leadville area to Independence Pass is definitely the most unique, almost beautiful drive I have ever taken...I'd do it again and...More

Thank donovans828
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seyeis
May 19, 2018|
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Response from Shanna S | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 4 hours from Denver and is worth the extra time. It is beautiful!
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kanika a
June 16, 2017|
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Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
Automatic does great!
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DanielnAlice B
April 15, 2017|
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Response from SteveT6029677454 | Reviewed this property |
I would give yourself a couple of hours to go from Leadville, through Twin Lakes to Aspen, especially if you want adequate time for some photo stops. It is a beautiful route and there is no reason to hurry. But you may need... More
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