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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Beautiful

Awesome views along the way and at the top. The road can get a little thin in places on the Aspen... read more

Reviewed yesterday
PLEEE
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Franklin, Tennessee
Drive carefully!

Independence Pass is a must-see if you're in the area when it's open. However, drive a narrow... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Maureen B
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Denver, Colorado
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Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
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+1 970-925-3445

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Reviewed yesterday

Awesome views along the way and at the top. The road can get a little thin in places on the Aspen side, but the scenery is beautiful.

Thank PLEEE
Reviewed 2 days ago

Independence Pass is a must-see if you're in the area when it's open. However, drive a narrow vehicle, go slow, and watch out for bicyclists. (Really dumb place to ride your bike-- sheer drop-offs, no shoulder, tourists behind the wheel. . .). The scenery is...More

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very curvy with switchbacks, etc, but DO NOT let that deter you. This is one of America’s great drives and very doable in the summer months. No need to take any chances pulling off the road for photos. There are lots of turnouts and a...More

Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Independence pass is very beautiful place and in itself is worth the drive up. Make sure you drive carefully! But once there I really recommend the 1.5 mile hike to the ridge- very windy but awe-inspiring. Make sure you have some rain gear/wind gear. The...More

1  Thank _AD31769
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another awesome place to stop and allows for short hikes based on one's activity level. Cyril small scenic ponds at the top and you can even hike over to the snow in August

Thank SoonerHos55
Reviewed 1 week ago

The picture shown does it more that the actual view. Maybe if we stopped and spent some time looking I would appreciate it more but after all of the views and places we saw it was not worth driving to Aspen to see.

Thank jhvcpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

The views up the top and on the way up are breathtaking, the road up tho is like a white knuckle ride with hairpin turns that take you scarily close to the edge where there isnt any guard rails, but if your ok with that...More

Thank catherinehoslo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were Leary about doing this on our way to Aspen only because we tend to be conservative in our driving routes. But after much coaching from friends we took the challenge and I am proud to say it was safe and totally worth it....More

1  Thank JMom2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are picture perfect. The road was well maintained - a little scary at times since there is no guardrail, but well worth the ride on way to Aspen.

Thank lipstick44
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have the driver keep his eyes on the road while you look upon the amazing scenery. A convenient pull off allows the driver to enjoy the views as well.

Thank Hiker_Hobble
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kanika a
17 June 2017|
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Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
Automatic does great!
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DanielnAlice B
16 April 2017|
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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
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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.
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