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Worth The Drive!

Drove from Aspen to Independence, Colorado for lunch and the views were amazing! Very crowded... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maybell, Colorado
Beautiful Drive with numerous hikes and trails along the way

Everyone should check out the Continental Divide and Independence Pass - also a fantastic bicycle... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Judd C
Aspen, Colorado
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Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drove from Aspen to Independence, Colorado for lunch and the views were amazing! Very crowded around the Continental Divide sign so we weren't able to get many pictures. Lots of people stop because of the sign and the restrooms.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone should check out the Continental Divide and Independence Pass - also a fantastic bicycle ride up from the Aspen side - best early in the day or in the off-seasons, due to narrow sections and sometimes heavy traffic. There are a lot of places...More

Thank Judd C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I frequently drive over or bike to the top of the pass. Numerous hiking opportunities, beautiful views, and because of the winding road slowing car traffic, wonderful and challenging road ride.

Thank 663richardc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must see while in Colorado! Amazing view at the top and there are so many hiking and scenic spots around!

Thank F9210FXjanets
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love the mountains and love seeing the scenery. There are many pullouts on this highway and many of the other highways in Colorado. A new vista around every bend.

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

gorgeous drive, so many reasons to stop and enjoy the scenery. Turn off of I-70 early on your way to Aspen (in the summer, road closes in winter) totally worth the slightly longer drive.

Thank Austin G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our road trip from Denver to Aspen in October 2018, we took the route via Independence Pass and it was the best decision. The route is beautiful with such peaceful landscape and mountains and forests. The route was fairly simple to learn for a...More

Thank Sandhya C
Reviewed November 4, 2018

This is the highest state highway pass in Colorado at 12,095 ft. We traversed it in both directions, both times in the snow. The average closing date for the pass is Nov 6, and it appeared to be getting close. They have added some additional...More

Thank Wohlerguy
Reviewed November 2, 2018

First time ever over Independence Pass. Great scenery, especially on the west side going down into Aspen. Drive not as challenging as I anticipated. Go for it.

Thank Jerry G
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We drove over Independence Pass in late September 2018 during a memorable road trip through the U.S. Southwest. It is a spectacular drive and an adventure, with hairpin turns, sheer drops and narrow roads, climbing up to the 12,000 foot level. The views were breathtaking...More

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May 19, 2018|
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Response from shannas704 | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 4 hours from Denver and is worth the extra time. It is beautiful!
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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