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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Black Diamond driving

The pass opens in June and is often walled by snow in early June. Switchbacks are numerous and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
mangetak
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Boulder, Colorado
Lovely Drive

I just went over Independence Pass a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it. The views were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Joel H
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Evergreen, Colorado
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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
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“twin lakes” (97 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (114 reviews)
LOCATION
Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
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+1 970-925-3445
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"continental divide"
in 188 reviews
"twin lakes"
in 97 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 114 reviews
"hairpin turns"
in 31 reviews
"single lane"
in 14 reviews
"drop offs"
in 14 reviews
"scary drive"
in 18 reviews
"narrow road"
in 22 reviews
"speed limit"
in 18 reviews
"afraid of heights"
in 29 reviews
"buena vista"
in 17 reviews
"colorado springs"
in 17 reviews
"take your time"
in 41 reviews
"bring a jacket"
in 18 reviews
"amazing views"
in 50 reviews
"road trip"
in 21 reviews
"take pictures"
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Reviewed yesterday

The pass opens in June and is often walled by snow in early June. Switchbacks are numerous and reminiscent of southern Switzerland, northern Italy. Pushing a Porsche 911 through the turns you will be rewarded. Ok perhaps a BMW M series as well. If you...More

Thank mangetak
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Reviewed yesterday

I just went over Independence Pass a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it. The views were phenomenal and the drive was lovely. We stopped a couple times to walk in the river next to the road and took our time. It's worth the drive...More

Thank Joel H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

On our way from Denver into Aspen, we took the more scenic route which took us through Independence Pass. While there is not a lot to do, it is a good place to stop, use the restroom, walk up the short trail to an overlook...More

Thank Larry D
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Scenic drive up and over the pass very good indeed. After approaching from Aspen, and climbing up narrow roads with some hairpin bends the road levelled out and started to descend, we thought that was it and nearly turned round, so glad we did not,...More

Thank roglawrence55
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is a nice scenic drive from aspen to the pass. Bring a sweater it gets cold at the higher elevations.

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had to drive this pass back to my hometown, talk about breathtaking, the one lane in certain area's are wild...Not for the faint of heart but all is I can say was WOW

Thank Toni P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must-do drive when in Aspen. It is very close and easy to get to from town. The scenery is breathtaking. The road is narrow and winding, but for me at least, not as bad as some other reviewers have said. Just be...More

Thank vegaspatti
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had not been up Independence Pass in about 15 years and it is still a beautiful approach to Aspen. It seemed less "thrilling" than last time, but that may be because we were in a mini van and not the full size clunker van...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very adventurous ride through the mountains to get to the pass. Absolutely worth the white knuckle ride.

Thank FekusW
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The drive up and down this mountain is not for the faint of heart! My husband and I are both excellent drivers, but the narrow road without guard rails can be a bit intimidating at times on the drive up! The drive down on the...More

Thank gr82teach
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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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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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