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One of the most amazing passes in Colorado!

Only open in summer (Memorial day to Labor Day?), this is probably the highest paved pass in... read more

Reviewed today
toohip
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Denver
Great views

If you’re lucky enough to get the only Airbnb steel house/shed you can spend the whole week! Nice... read more

Reviewed January 10, 2018
Brittany O
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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One of the state's highest paved passes. It runs from Twin Lakes to Aspen.
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Twin Lakes, CO
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"continental divide"
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Reviewed today

Only open in summer (Memorial day to Labor Day?), this is probably the highest paved pass in Colorado (12,000+ ft). Vehicles longer than 35' are prohibited because there are a few ares where the turns are tight and the road narrows to almost one lane....More

Thank toohip
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Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

If you’re lucky enough to get the only Airbnb steel house/shed you can spend the whole week! Nice and calm

Thank Brittany O
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

If you are traveling from Leadville to Aspen, you are on the inside of the road. However, if you are traveling from Aspen to Leadville, you are on the outside. Not for the faint of heart!!!!

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

This place was so clean and was stocked with anything you would need. We have been to several VRBO's and have never seen one so completely stocked with anything you might forget. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the fact that there...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

If you catch a clear day the views are incredible. Bathroom facilities are handy. Alot of parking but it can be very busy.

Thank Phil C
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Reviewed September 11, 2017

This road over the pass is a feat of engineering (like many roads in Colorado)! We had lunch in Twin Lakes, fished there and then drove up to the pass for some epic views. The leaves were just starting to turn color on September 2nd,...More

Thank RumYak14
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

Total fun and beautiful picturesque ride. We took a day trip from Leadville to Aspen (can't do that in winter, road closed) for lunch and to visit the Elks Lodge and Eagles Aerie and back to Leadville. The ride up to and over Independence Pass...More

1  Thank eazmann
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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

The scenery is breathtaking. Lots of steep hairpin turns. Some narrow spots. Not a good road if you are in a rush. It needs to be taken slowly to be enjoyed. Safe but not suited for timid drivers.

Thank Livingthedream999
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Reviewed August 12, 2017

Always fun travelling over Independence Pass. This time we were treated to cold winds and torrential rain as we posed for our photo at the top at 44 degrees!!

Thank miriam s
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Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful view. The mountains, the Rockies right in front of you a true wonder of nature. The road up is a bit scary, switch backs and no guide rails so be careful. We went in August and it was 45degrees at the top...More

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Cassandra J
May 25, 2016|
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Response from caribbeanfruit |
I would say give yourself about 1.5 - 2 hours between twin lakes and aspen proper.
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