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Independence Pass, Aspen

4.8
#1 of 41 in Outdoors in Aspen
Must see · Scenic Drive · Lookout
Cutting through mountains and hugging a roaring river, Independence Pass remains a classic Colorado scenic and historic byway that allows views of towering peaks, groves of aspen trees, crashing waterfalls, and cool lakes. With the summit at elevation of 3,687 m (12,095 ft), it represents the highest paved pass in North America. In addition to many trailheads, campgrounds, scenic overlooks, and wildlife viewing areas, attractions include the historic ghost town of Independence, once a thriving gold mining town. Adventurous types can make use of nearby skiing slopes or bouldering opportunities, depending on the time of the year. Note that the road is winding, narrow, and steep, so drive with caution. Put Independence Pass and other Aspen attractions into our Aspen sightseeing planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • An exciting ride up from Twin Falls! Lots of snow.... Traffic was light, but lots of people at the very top of the mountain! Several tight places on the way down into Aspen!  more »
  • Absolutely take a drive up to Independence Pass if you’re in the area and the road is open (closes seasonally approx. Nov to May). We drove from our vacation hotel in Aspen to 12,095-foot pass in...  more »

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