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Independence Ghost Town

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Address: 620 West Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
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+1 970-925-3721

Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the...

Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the late 1800s after a severe storm knocked out supply routes.

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Worth walking through if you are heading to Independence Pass

We enjoyed walking through the remnants of this town. No one else was there and we really got to experience the ghost town.

Reviewed 28 February 2017
Diane P
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This is another ghost town that you cannot miss. One of the last surviving town that you can see how they lived back in the 1800s. I can't imagine living in the harsh conditions near the pass.

Thank Ryan F
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

We enjoyed walking through the remnants of this town. No one else was there and we really got to experience the ghost town.

Thank Diane P
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Independence, Colorado, has been a ghost town since 1920, when the last resident moved out. In truth, it has been a ghost town since 1899, when everyone else left during a cold and snowy winter. By then, the town had declined because gold production had dropped off and a newly constructed railroad line from Leadville to Aspen put the stagecoach... More 

Thank Taylor B
Campton, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Love ghost towns and the preservation of the history. Independence is not as well kept as Ashcroft and not as easily accessible as Ashcroft but the scenery is breathtaking and as I went in September, the foliage was spectacular.

Thank ChristineNH
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Maybe there are guides on hand during the summer, but we were there the last week in September. No guides, no handouts telling you what you were seeing. Just a couple of signboards for information. Still, you can walk around and get some nice photos looking through doorways and around corners of the old buildings.

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AHS1963, Public Relations Manager at Independence Ghost Town, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We have guides on site for daily tours from mid-June through Labor Day. We must have just missed you! After Labor Day, our dedicated summer staff, many of them interns, head back to school. We're glad you enjoyed the signage that's up there and will keep in mind putting handouts on site. More 

Burleson, Texas
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We couldn’t find this place last year because our GPS had the address wrong. We found it by accident when it was already too late to stop. We remembered where it was though so we knew exactly where to find it this year. There is a large pull out near the last few switchbacks before you get to the top... More 

Thank logandiana
North Oaks, Minnesota
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

Very interesting site. The guide in the old store had some good facts and stories, and the half-ruined buildings give a fascinating look into how life must have been 130 years ago for these tough folks.

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Little did I know when I took Independence Pass from Aspen to Denver I would discover a ghost town at one of the places I pulled off to take pictures of the views. It was a little eerie seeing these abandoned cabins, knowing that at one time people used to live and work there. I didn't walk the path down... More 

Thank auntierah
Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Stopped by this historic ghost town, attraction on our way from Aspen to Buena Vista via the Independence Pass. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Not many visitors when we were there, dirt paths to walk on, interpretive signs & self guided tours are available. Parking is along SR82. The Aspen Historic Society (970-925-3721) offers tours (10-6) & works to... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

No, I would not want to live at the elevation year round, let alone mine the land for gold, but it was fun imagining what it would have been like as I walked among the remaining structures and main drag. Many of the structures are still in great condition and I realized when there that this town only existed for... More 

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