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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Breathtaking Ride and Views

It is worth the ride. Even though I am not fond of heights, if you drive slow and obey the rules of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Terri D
Center Moriches, New York
WOW! Great vantage point!

Hwy 82 is not for the faint at heart as it is a 2 lane road that winds around the mountains. My... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lakeland, Florida
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Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It is worth the ride. Even though I am not fond of heights, if you drive slow and obey the rules of the road, you should have no problem. The high elevations take you to the top of the Continental Divide. Unfortunately, most of the...More

Thank Terri D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Hwy 82 is not for the faint at heart as it is a 2 lane road that winds around the mountains. My husband has a fear of heights and it wasn't fun on that road but once there the view is breathtaking and so worth...More

Thank hollyc57
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great drive (on a nice day). Very winding, so not for the faint of heart, but absolutely gorgeous views and a nice way to get in and out of Aspen. Plan ahead and take your time for this great trip - some...More

Thank EstesTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the route to reach aspen and being at higher elevation, you are surrounded by mountains and the spectacular views.

Thank howTotravelMore
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

awesome views. well worth the drive but give yourself time to take in the fabulous scenery. note that this pass tends to close from November to March when weather is too severe.

Thank martyn g
Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled over the pass on a day of below freezing temperatures, windy and cold. Very stunning views, not so much fun driving back in a blizzard!

Thank Rarebear224
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular mountains and exciting drive. So beautiful. The aspens were golden and beautiful set among the evergreens and occasional flurries. Starting at Twin Lakes all the way to Aspen the drive was incredible. Came back the same way on Sunday.

Thank sdmennie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped here on a drive from Denver to Aspen. It's a short hike to the viewpoint overlooking the continental divide. Good amount of parking and restrooms are available. It's over a 12,000 foot elevation, so it can get chilly and the...More

Thank Jeremiah G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have read some reviews before I started this trip with my family, but never expected such a beauty. Visiting States (we are from Europe) especially Colorado, cannot be done without having such an experience. Although, I was driving and had no opportunity to enjoy...More

Thank Erika B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here in the beginning of October. The colors were still magnificent. The road is only open for a few months of the year. It is worth the drive. With the construction in Glenwood Springs it was actually the fastest way back east.

Thank Climb14ers
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kanika a
17 June 2017|
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Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
Automatic does great!
DanielnAlice B
16 April 2017|
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
DanielnAlice B
15 April 2017|
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Response from SteveT6029677454 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can drive from Leadville through Independence Pass. It's the route we took last year. As others have pointed out, the pass doesn't usually open until late May. But your trip in July should be fine.