Independence Pass

Independence Pass, Aspen: Address, Phone Number, Independence Pass Reviews: 5/5

Independence Pass
5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lookouts • Scenic Drives
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UtopiaCentral
Central157 contributions
Insane and not worth the risk
Jul. 2021 • Friends
Insane. CDOT rerouted everyone off I-70 due to mudslides. Leaving Glenwood we had one option out- this death wish. 10 to 15 foot single lanes at 13000 feet with no guard rails. What a disastrous situation for anyone. 6 inches is the difference between life and death for 50 miles. DO NOT DO IT!!
Written July 31, 2021
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MNice
Bloomington, MN2,294 contributions
It’s been many years, but it hasn’t changed a bit
Jul. 2021 • Couples
We rolled out of Aspen on a drought stricken hot summer afternoon and were immediately awe inspired by the green and lush forests of this area. We traveled 5 states on this trip and we went over Beartooth Pass just a few days ago in northwest Wyoming and went through Yellowstone as well. We were just amazed how the mountains here are different and like you remember them with the pine smell and lush green vegetation. There are parts of it that are so narrow it’s difficult for cars to pass each other from the opposite direction. It is not a difficult drive at all and we took a swim in Twin Lakes in the Twin Peak National Forest just east of Independence Pass. It doesn’t take long and is a great diversion from the wicked I-70 which becomes more crowded and dangerous every year.
Written July 29, 2021
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Destination826490
South Carolina17 contributions
A nice drive from Twin Lakes to Aspen, Colorado
Jun. 2021
The drive from Twin Lakes, Colorado to Aspen was unbelievable and beautiful as well. The drive up on Hwy 82 towards Aspen takes you right through these beautiful mountains and over the Independence Pass. It's not a fast pace but there is beauty around every turn. Take your time as it's worth the time it takes to make this drive. Make sure you are dress warm as it's can get real windy and chilly at the top! This is a must-take drive to enjoy the awesome scenery you will not forget the trip!
Written July 13, 2021
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cpank77
Ainsworth, NE15 contributions
Best scenic stop
Jun. 2021
This is a great place for a beautiful little hike, beautiful view and cool weather! Put on a sweatshirt even if its hot. As we walked the path it began to sleet! Has restrooms at the top with good parking. Roads are good.
Written July 9, 2021
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Jen C
25 contributions
Amazing views and the fastest route from Alamosa to Aspen
Jun. 2021 • Couples
This was a pleasant surprise! What an amazing road with phenomenal views. Don’t miss it. Take it slow and be sure to do the pull outs and overlooks.
Written June 27, 2021
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2seniorcitizens
Sayre, PA530 contributions
Don’t be scared!
Jun. 2021 • Solo
I don’t do heights very well and after some of the reviews I was a little scared to drive this pass but I had no problem - just a short stretch of the road where it’s close to a sharp drop off but if you’re driving west you’re along the mountain and it’s no problem. There are mainly a LOT of curves that cause you to stay on your side of the road but I had no problem and the scenery was so awesome! Definitely a drive I’d do again!
Written June 24, 2021
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Sachin B
Exton, PA32 contributions
What a beautiful place and lovely drive
Jun. 2021 • Family
OMG, what a beautoful plce it is. I was little scared and almost dropped the program to go there after reading all those reviews about how scary the drive is. People used word like ‘fatal’, ‘dangerous’ etc.

However, The driving bug within me pushed me to try this drive and I couldn’t stop myself taking this adventurous trip. We were staying in snowmass village and from there the summit is 19-20 miles far and it was a drove of 1 hour almost. The drive is not at all fatal, dangerous at all guys. Obviously you should know how to drive. I found inly a couple of blind turns, 2 passes where road was bit narrow but they had railings at all such places. People were driving at the speed of 25-30 miles/hour and there were a lot of places where you can stop the car and click pictures.

Scenery was beautiful, you will see all those snow covered mountains, beautiful valley. Once you reach at the summit there is plenty of parking and restrooms.

On the summit- I can’t forget the view, it was breathtaking. Beautiful rockies. The temperature was pleasent, we didn’t wear any warm clothes there. You look around and you will find yourself surrounded by snow covered mountains. What a beauty. Continental divide is clearly visible from there and you will see unforgettable views from the top.

From parking to the summit its a very small walking trail and anyone can do it. Adding few pictures from the top.
Written June 20, 2021
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Gabrielle W
Mobile, AL387 contributions
Beautiful drive
Jun. 2021
We took Independence Pass on our way from Denver to Aspen. It was beautiful! Definitely a bit scary in some spots, so definitely a careful and slow drive (not like the crazy person who sped past us in the other lane, only to get caught by a ranger). Still a ton of snow towards the top. I wish we had taken more time but I was sick and we kind of rushed to get to our inn. It took about an hour to drive with no stops, would love to go back and spend some more time there.
Written June 15, 2021
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andreanader
Guayaquil, Ecuador136 contributions
If you’re afraid of heights DO NOT TAKE INDEPENDENCE PASS
Feb. 2021
Amazing views, but could be frightening for some people. You’ll reach an altitude of 3.687m ... So enjoy the view!
Written March 20, 2021
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Diane N
Colorado Springs, CO1,219 contributions
Amazing cross country skiing, beautiful views!
Dec. 2020 • Couples
Went to Buena Vista for some xc skiing. Snow storm came in, so didn't want to go all the way to Tennessee pass. Looked up some place and decided to go here. Absolutely gorgeous. Highway was closed, so parked and skiied the highway itself. So cool! Great workout, beautiful views!! Peaceful.
Written December 28, 2020
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