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Independence Pass, Aspen

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Lookout · Scenic Drive
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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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  • We went from Aspen towards Colorado Spring , after watching the Sunrise at Maroon Bells. With twisting and turning road and canopy of yellow, golden Aspen trees lining both sides. It was heaven... 
    We went from Aspen towards Colorado Spring , after watching the Sunrise at Maroon Bells. With twisting and turning road and canopy of yellow, golden Aspen trees lining both sides. It was heaven...  more »
  • We drove Indy Pass both ways to Aspen from Crested Butte and then from Aspen to Denver. My husband was driving and I was the passenger. It was high foliage season and the views were amazing. My... 
    We drove Indy Pass both ways to Aspen from Crested Butte and then from Aspen to Denver. My husband was driving and I was the passenger. It was high foliage season and the views were amazing. My...  more »
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  • It was wonderful experience even though it was windy at top.
  • Beautiful vistas. Bathrooms available. Easy parking and small hikes. Pretty windy.

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