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Independence Pass, Aspen

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Lookout · Scenic Drive
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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  • Fabulous drive through great mountain scenery. We stopped at the top for a short stroll and to experience the thinner atmosphere, It's amazing they were able to build this road - it's mostly...  more »
  • I can't remember the last time I took such a scenic drive. It will literally take your breath away. Be prepared to feel the symptoms one would encounter if they were to become car sick. I wasn't used....  more »
  • A staple of Colorado mountain exploring, especially during the prime autumn leaves viewing times for great photographic opportunities.
  • Amazing views all along the drive. Great little paved path leads to great photo op with even better views. Neat to say you were at the continental divide.

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