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We stopped in a snow storm

When leaving Aspen for Colorado Springs, we stopped at this location which was beautiful with the... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2018
Sydney, Australia
An enjoyable stop just west of Independence Pass

We have been to Independence Pass several times, but somehow never stopped at this Ghost Town. This... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2017
Tina C
Flagstaff, Arizona
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Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the late 1800s after a severe storm knocked out supply routes.
620 W Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
+1 970-925-3721
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

When leaving Aspen for Colorado Springs, we stopped at this location which was beautiful with the contrast of the original log cabins and fresh snow, quite an introductionto the difficult contrasts the early settlers experienced

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GazandJude
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

You certainly must have a good imagination to picture how this town once looked. Once 90 buildings is reduced to few ruins in bad shape. Except one cabin which is privately owned. Not very impressive ghost town, but they are always worth visiting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JukkaW
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

The only way to explain the difference in ranking is just that Ashcroft is closer to Aspen and near Pine Creek Cookhouse. Otherwise the mountain scenery is more beautiful here and history just as interesting. Ashcroft has the benefit of a small historical museum and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ExRIGuy
Reviewed July 12, 2018

We've been to ghost towns before and this one is not anywhere near the top on our list. The ruins are in horrible shape except 3 buildings. Nature is taking back the land. Good picnic area because of views but no picnic table.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ThreeWiseMen1998
Reviewed June 23, 2018

After accidentally ending up on the Independence Pass, we stopped at the ghost town because. . . why not? A $5 donation is requested but not required. Several houses line the way. Be sure to talk to the attendant for some history on why the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Monika S
Reviewed September 30, 2017

Not much to see -- a few restored buildings. Maintained by local volunteers, so it'd be a nice walk, if you're in the area and have some extra time. The placard on the history is interesting. Nice view down the valley.More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank WanderingParsifal
HistoryAspen, Public Relations Manager at Independence Ghost Town, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017

Hi there, Thanks so much for visiting, we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the walk and the view. Aspen Historical Society, a non-profit organization, operates this site and we do offer guided tours throughout the summer months for additional interpretation. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed September 5, 2017

There is a bit to see here, a few buildings, some informatives signs, a nice view as you are surrounded by peaks in a bowl. But not worth more than a short look.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank marvin b
Reviewed July 22, 2017

We have been to Independence Pass several times, but somehow never stopped at this Ghost Town. This time we stopped at the ghost town and not the pass! It was well worth the stop! We had an enjoyable hike around the various buildings (or what...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Tina C
Reviewed June 16, 2017

We enjoyed the drive, but went up specifically looking to find the abandoned mining community of Independence. We had beautiful weather in mid-June and all the snow was gone from the trail & grounds (though still melting off the peaks above). Our little boys (5...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Craig N
Reviewed May 30, 2017

Thought we had missed it, but luckily there was a second pull-in. Snow still covered most of the path down into the town. Great stop on a great drive!

Date of experience: May 2017
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