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Independence Pass

Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Take your time

This is one of the few drives where you should stop at every turnout along the way, get out of the... read more

Reviewed today
Troy M
Worth the Drive

This place was beautiful. Just think, you are 12,095 feet above see level. When you're up there... read more

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Hwy 82, 20 miles E of Aspen, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Reviewed today

This is one of the few drives where you should stop at every turnout along the way, get out of the car, and look around. The views are amazing and change at each stop. There are some hiking trails along the way, but check with...More

Thank Troy M
Reviewed yesterday

This place was beautiful. Just think, you are 12,095 feet above see level. When you're up there, just take in the beauty and make sure you drink lots of water. The air is thin!

Thank imeverywhere
Reviewed 5 days ago

The five grandkids got a kick out of playing in the snow in June. They had a snowball fight in their flipflops and shorts. Great view.

Thank Jerry6004
Reviewed 5 days ago

Get ready to keep both hands on the wheel and not be in a hurry as this is a gorgeous drive up and down the mountain! Lots of spaces to park and get out to absorb the spectacular views!

1  Thank btb717
Reviewed 5 days ago

Breathtaking mountainous & alps scenery on our way to Aspen for the Aspen Classic Food & Wine. We stopped at several places to take a photos. Simply gorgeous!

Thank O7424BYtatianac
Reviewed 6 days ago

We drove from Aspen to Colorado Springs via the Pass. This was one of the most beautiful drives in America. This is a must do.

Thank George M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Making this trip was the highlight of our vacation in the area. The trip along highway 82, between Twin Lakes & Aspen, reminded us many times of Beartooth Highway in Wyoming/Montana. The route is closed October through May. We went up mainly to find the...More

Thank Craig N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we went it was still very snowy and the landscape looked other-worldly. Spectacular views and scenes. Definitely a must-Do.

Thank BetondBoundary
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great driving road and views that can't be matched. Fairly well traveled, but there's a neat little hike at the top along the Continental Divide

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took this drive which was 1.5 hours extra but we loved it! We saw many snow boarders heading up the pass. We saw so many interesting peaks and cabins it was a grand adventure.

Thank Shelly G
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kanika a
Do you need manual car nly to drive through independenc pass ?I
16 June 2017|
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Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
Automatic does great!
DanielnAlice B
How long should I allocate for this drive, including some stops for photography? Suggestions?
16 April 2017|
Response from SteveT6029677454 | Reviewed this property |
I would give yourself a couple of hours to go from Leadville, through Twin Lakes to Aspen, especially if you want adequate time for some photo stops. It is a beautiful route and there is no reason to hurry. But you may need... More
DanielnAlice B
Can one drive from Leadville through Indepedence Pass? I had hoped I could drive via 82, but Google Map is not showing a route. Anyone ever driven through here? I ask because the drive from Fort Collins to Leadville is a lot of shorter, and the hotels are a lot cheaper too.
15 April 2017|
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Response from SteveT6029677454 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can drive from Leadville through Independence Pass. It's the route we took last year. As others have pointed out, the pass doesn't usually open until late May. But your trip in July should be fine.