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Independence Pass, Aspen

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  • Taking a drive to 12,000' sound fun? That is what you will get with this route. GO SLOW! There are plenty of places to drive off a 1000-2000' cliff so have a designated driver who is not looking at an...  more »
  • A walk around the top of the pass is breathtaking in more ways than one. The altitude may be a problem for some, but the alpine environment and various alpine flora are beautiful.  more »
  • Al Naturale! Perfect time of the year to contemplate nature‚Äôs seasonal changes and explore the mountains landscape before the snow fall accumulates. Observe wild life getting ready to hunker down for ...  more »
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  • Love this summer road. Winding mountain road with no guardrails next to cliffs. Blind curves with sudden lane narrows to one lane. Rock falls happen. Vehicles must be less than 35 feet by law to take this route. RV's and campers have scrapped their sides off on the rock outcroppings next to the road.
  • The shorter way to get to Aspen from Denver. The pass is closed in winter. The road to the pass from Twin Lakes gets quite steep in the last portion. The views from the pass are amazing - typical of Colorado. A definite must spot in Colorado.
  • Awesome place.. u should try this.. road wil be narrow and ppl who has vertigo problem do not go here .. once u reach there its a beautiful place... u will really enjoy the trip and weather as well.. take nice pics
  • Super chilly! I went there during the fall season and it was already snow covered with chilly winds gushing. Make sure you wear jackets and cover your ears. The view of the rockies is excellent on a clear day. Plenty of parking and public restrooms available. The drive to this point is enjoyable too. During fall, as you get down the pass and go towards Aspen you can see most beautiful fall colors that the area has to offer. It's incredible. The winding roads are lot of fun too, especially if you are on a bike. Plenty of spots to just stop and enjoy the scenery and colorful forest.
  • Beautiful road to drive, especially in the fall, but not for the faint of heart. If you don't like driving near ledges with no guard rail, stay off this road! Vehicles over 35' long not allowed and for good reason. There are vault toilets and a nice viewpoint (5 minute walk) at the top.

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