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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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  • This is an impressive drive that leads well above the tree line - at least the 6 months of the year when it is open. Be ready for some real mountain driving to see vistas along the Continental Divide....  more »
  • We were so glad we took this road to independence pass. They had had a snowfall a few days before we got there and the small lake was frozen and there was snow everywhere. Beautiful drive although in....  more »
  • We were about a week or so behind the peak colors but this is a must do. There was a 10 minute delay to some rock slide prevention going on but it was faster than I-70 to and from Denver and then...  more »

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