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“Amazing Views”
Review of Independence Pass

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Owner description: One of the state's highest paved passes. It runs from Twin Lakes to Aspen.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you are just passing through the area or staying in Twin Lakes, definitely take a drive up Independence Pass. The drive has some amazing views and it is worth braving some of the tight turns and drop-offs (nothing too scary though!).

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

About and hour drive through the mountains. Great views of valleys, mountains, and saw some wildlife.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We were staying in Salida and someone said we needed to make the drive through Independence Pass and visit the Grottos and the Devil's Punchbowl. We are soooo glad we took their advice. The drive was beautiful one we will never forget and the Ice Caves at the Grottos was a thrill for the whole family. The Devil's Punchbowl is just past the Grottos and you can cliff jump into some really cold water! It cost us nothing but gas and it was one of the best day of our vacation. Only suggestion I would have is make sure you take some bug spray

1  Thank msilver007
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Beautiful Drive that goes above timberline. Road is super narrow just before Aspen so watch for bicycles.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We drove over Independence Pass in July. This pass is closed in the winter but is beautiful in the summer. The trip to the top of the pass from Twin Lakes was nice and the views were wonderful. Shortly after going over the pass, we stopped at the restored ghost town of Independence. This is not a “tourist trap” but a carefully preserved showing of some of the cabin in the town that lasted four years in the late 1880's.

We traveled down toward Aspen and stopped at a spot called the Devil’s Thumb, and watched young ladies jump feet first off a large rock, 40' down into the ice cold waters of the Roaring Fork river, where a deep hole had formed over thousands of years of glacial ice removing the granite below. Although it looked like fun, we passed, but made a note to try it another time.

The road narrows at times with cars passing very close to each other, but the scenery is inspiring and the beauty surrounds the entire area. This trip will take almost two hours with stops along the way. The road is paved and safe, with many turnouts for picture taking.

1  Thank Jim B
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