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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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White knuckled spectacular!!

Absolutely drive this pass. Just drive it slowly, with great care and attention - Instagram will... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Albany, New York
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Not necessarily a destination, but a great stop along the way

Fall is a great time to wind your way here. If you enjoy the changing colors and windy mountain... read more

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

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely drive this pass. Just drive it slowly, with great care and attention - Instagram will keep. Try to be patient with your passenger when they seem tempted to grip the dashboard or the seat - it's *really* not you, it's the precipitous thousand foot...More

Thank OllyRox
Reviewed yesterday

Fall is a great time to wind your way here. If you enjoy the changing colors and windy mountain roads this is for you. Wear layers!

Thank Doug T
Reviewed yesterday

Drove over Indy Pass in early September maybe just a little too early for the full fall colours but still saw some. The view from the top is great and you are crossing one of the highest roads in the USA. Be aware of altitude...More

1  Thank jiminysimpson
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plenty of pull outs to see the valley and streams. Great ride from Vail to Aspen. Presently the bridge is out north of Aspen at rts 82 & 70. Traffic was horrendous near 70. I should have returned via the pass. Sept 2017

1  Thank Joe G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

John and I were traveling from Vail to Aspen in mid September! The Aspens were changing, the air was cool, but lovely, it wasn't crowded! Perfect, amazing, don't miss it!

Thank Mary Helen D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Even though the leaves weren't at their peak, the drive was still spectacular and well worth the detour. A must do for all Colorado natives and visitors.

Thank SCalCanz
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Driving through independence pass has turned out to be one of my favorite drives. I'm never disappointed by the beautiful scenery. Tip: when driving through any mountain range and several cars are behind you and you're first in line pull over and let the faster...More

Thank Devyne P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not for the faint of heart... Going to Aspen is Bit easier b/c you are actually hugging the mountain. The road is narrow, the views are spectacular and it might be a little...just a little shorter than the interstate. But... Leaving Aspen, heading down, back...More

Thank tsw50
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared to keep your eyes peeled to the road while your passengers admire the breathtaking scenery. A true moutain pass, the road narrows at points and you need to make sure you allow room for oncoming traffic. That being said, once you reach the...More

1  Thank KJ918
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a great drive. The pass is lovely and cool. The roads on either side are scenic and worth the time to visit and enjoy all the turnouts.

Thank Kathleen R
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kanika a
16 June 2017|
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Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
Automatic does great!
DanielnAlice B
15 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.

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