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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Take the drive to this top-of-the-world experience

Check to make sure the pass is open before driving that way from Denver. The pass offers expansive... read more

Reviewed yesterday
HC Peter S
Took the long way around from Aspen back to Vail

Wow. Took the long way from Vail to Aspen over the pass and then back through Leadville to Vail... read more

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

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Reviewed yesterday

Check to make sure the pass is open before driving that way from Denver. The pass offers expansive views of the top of the Rockies in the Aspen area. Above the treeline and a little thin on oxygen, walking trails and viewing platforms await the...More

Thank HC Peter S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow. Took the long way from Vail to Aspen over the pass and then back through Leadville to Vail with a nice stop for lunch. Twisting road great for motorcycles and adventurous drivers. Looks like the top of the world. Will return one day in...More

Thank LAHarleyGal
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery on our way to Aspen. Can only imagine what it must be like in the winter. Can understand why it can be closed in the winter.

1  Thank TravelinMinee
Reviewed 3 days ago

Some of the previous reviews made me really nervous to take this drive but I'm glad I did it. It was spectacular. This was the highlight of my Rockies trip. We did the drive from Aspen to Leadville. The field near the Independence pass sign...More

1  Thank noeybear
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a wonderful drive. Defiantly ensure to take your time and travel only during the day when possible.

1  Thank NeverEnoughFun
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a favorite drive for us to show guests the beauty of the Rockies in the area of Aspen. It is a well-paved road and has plenty of areas to pull of for taking pictures and looking for wild life. We never get tired...More

1  Thank David C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I loved the drive on Independence pass to Aspen. The views were breathtaking and amazing.

1  Thank Sommer B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was hesitant after reading some reviews, but it was not a scary drive at all. And I'm not a fan of heights. We were traveling from Denver to Grand Junction and decided to take a scenic drive. So glad that we did. It was truly...More

1  Thank Pens4821
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a wonderfully scenic drive. We came from Colorado Springs via Buena Vista to head to Glenwood Springs. Loved Independence Pass. I had not been since I was a kid. The drive is curvy but very doable. Very similar to other more isolated Colorado passes....More

1  Thank gwengweed
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must make this drive! Amazing views and scenery. Jump in to the Devils Punchbowl on the river. 30ft jump into refreshing water.

1  Thank Wags119
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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.