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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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If you love nature and a good drive!

Absolutely stunning! The views are 'to live for'! Magnificent. All the way up (from both ends... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mel O
Scary, Scary Road.

If you do not like heights I would not take this route into Aspen. Scenery is spectacular but a... read more

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely stunning! The views are 'to live for'! Magnificent. All the way up (from both ends - Buena Vista and Aspen) there is lovely scenery. Rivers, trees, meadows, mountains, vistas, little old log cabin ... and at the top of the pass there are numerous...More

Thank Mel O
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you do not like heights I would not take this route into Aspen. Scenery is spectacular but a very scary road. We travelled the day after eight inches of snow had fallen and while most if the road was cleared there was some snow...More

Thank Scottishrosie
Reviewed 11 November 2017

It takes quite a bit of time to travel though here, so plan ahead. For the most part the drive is quite nice and not too scary (if you're not used to driving through mountain passes, they can be scary). Only some parts were quite...More

Thank 542bernadettew
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Booked a small sedan, but as we were going to be driving to Aspen, Vail and Snowmass but were assured we would need a more powerful vehicle. So we upgraded. We were very glad we did - this was a massive, awe inspiring and scary...More

Thank Verity G
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This is a beautiful drive and you can go to the top and the views are magnificent. If you are older you might have a problem with altitude as the pass is very high and this seems to bother a lot of folks who are...More

1  Thank G6083BKlindae
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We drove over Independence Pass on a Friday afternoon headed to Aspen. It was 50 degrees out when we turned onto Hwy 82, and by time we made it over the pass we hit all the environmental extremes. Sun, warmth, fog, and snow before returning...More

Thank Greg J
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place. It took us half day because we didn’t want to miss one great picture. If you come to Aspen I encourage you to do it.

Thank Rafael P
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Watch for bighorn sheep and be sure to wear a jacket. Even in the summer there is snow and the wind howls!

Thank Jim and Shellie K
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

One of the most beautiful drives in Colorado. Only open from memorial day to early November. Several places to stopand overlook or hike.

Thank Lisadeanspencediana
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Best drive of our trip. Caught excellent autumn weather and colors as we traveled from Aspen to Denver. Might have been the last good day...

Thank RedRox
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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.