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Beautiful Drive with numerous hikes and trails along the way

Everyone should check out the Continental Divide and Independence Pass - also a fantastic bicycle... read more

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Judd C
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Aspen, Colorado
20 miles of outdoor opportunities

I frequently drive over or bike to the top of the pass. Numerous hiking opportunities, beautiful... read more

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663richardc
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Aspen, Colorado
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 October 2006

I rode along with someone I had met from Snowmass. I was not sure what to expect, and was not sure why it was important that I see it. I was a passenger not the driver, it has amazing views and is extremely high up....More

7  Thank td507
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 July 2015

This would be an extremely dangerous road if everyone around you were driving safely. However, that is never the case, anywhere in Colorado. There are breathtaking views, which you will not be able to enjoy as you are clenching your teeth and gripping the steering...More

10  Thank fabmommy
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Reviewed today

Everyone should check out the Continental Divide and Independence Pass - also a fantastic bicycle ride up from the Aspen side - best early in the day or in the off-seasons, due to narrow sections and sometimes heavy traffic. There are a lot of places...More

Thank Judd C
Reviewed yesterday

I frequently drive over or bike to the top of the pass. Numerous hiking opportunities, beautiful views, and because of the winding road slowing car traffic, wonderful and challenging road ride.

Thank 663richardc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must see while in Colorado! Amazing view at the top and there are so many hiking and scenic spots around!

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the mountains and love seeing the scenery. There are many pullouts on this highway and many of the other highways in Colorado. A new vista around every bend.

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 1 week ago

gorgeous drive, so many reasons to stop and enjoy the scenery. Turn off of I-70 early on your way to Aspen (in the summer, road closes in winter) totally worth the slightly longer drive.

Thank Austin G
Reviewed 1 week ago

On our road trip from Denver to Aspen in October 2018, we took the route via Independence Pass and it was the best decision. The route is beautiful with such peaceful landscape and mountains and forests. The route was fairly simple to learn for a...More

Thank Sandhya C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the highest state highway pass in Colorado at 12,095 ft. We traversed it in both directions, both times in the snow. The average closing date for the pass is Nov 6, and it appeared to be getting close. They have added some additional...More

Thank Wohlerguy
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time ever over Independence Pass. Great scenery, especially on the west side going down into Aspen. Drive not as challenging as I anticipated. Go for it.

Thank Jerry G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove over Independence Pass in late September 2018 during a memorable road trip through the U.S. Southwest. It is a spectacular drive and an adventure, with hairpin turns, sheer drops and narrow roads, climbing up to the 12,000 foot level. The views were breathtaking...More

Thank Canadianstraveling
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriends and I took the Independence pass on our way to Aspen. What a beautiful, scenic drive. Would recommend to anyone that has the time and appreciation of Gods beauty.

Thank Kim C
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seyeis
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Response from Shanna S | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 4 hours from Denver and is worth the extra time. It is beautiful!
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kanika a
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Automatic does great!
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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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