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Spectacular drive

The scenery is breathtaking. Lots of steep hairpin turns. Some narrow spots. Not a good road if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denver, Colorado
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Atmospheric stop

Always fun travelling over Independence Pass. This time we were treated to cold winds and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
miriam s
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One of the state's highest paved passes. It runs from Twin Lakes to Aspen.
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Twin Lakes, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The scenery is breathtaking. Lots of steep hairpin turns. Some narrow spots. Not a good road if you are in a rush. It needs to be taken slowly to be enjoyed. Safe but not suited for timid drivers.

Thank Livingthedream999
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always fun travelling over Independence Pass. This time we were treated to cold winds and torrential rain as we posed for our photo at the top at 44 degrees!!

Thank miriam s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful view. The mountains, the Rockies right in front of you a true wonder of nature. The road up is a bit scary, switch backs and no guide rails so be careful. We went in August and it was 45degrees at the top...More

Thank Emmy2005
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We took the pass on our way home from Twin Lakes. The pass had some steep points but nothing like the road going up and over Rocky Mountain National Park. The drive was beautiful.

Thank pbk040608
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Coming down from the continual divide the pass is very narrow and somewhat scary. That being said the view is stunning.

Thank Laurie D
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This is my favorite scenic drive in Colorado. Close competitors are Ouray to Silverton or Silverton to Durango on Highway 550. And the Pikes Peak Highway. Independence Pass is such a narrow little shelf highway, without for the most part guard rails, with many hairpin...More

Thank ManitouExpert
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Cross the continental divide west of Twin Lakes. A windy but not too scary drive in summer weather. Spectacular vistas as you cross. Can stop and take in the view. Still had snow on the path, so covered footwear ideal.

Thank FalconSMG01
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We did the Independence Pass the day after it opened in May of 2017. It was snowing and very exciting to make your way up to almost 13,000 feet with 8 feet of snow bordering the highway. The drive from Twin Lakes, CO to Aspen...More

Thank rhagglof
Reviewed 5 June 2017

It is a must visit attraction in Aspen, Colorado. Witness the amazing views from top, especially during the summer time when there is still snow on top of the mountain. Road to top is also picturesque!

Thank pratikramdasi1
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Perfect timing. Stopped here right at sunset!!!!! 8:20 pm. There is a pull out just before the top with an awesome view that is even better than the top, be sure to take pictures there:)

Thank Karen G
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Cassandra J
26 May 2016|
Response from caribbeanfruit |
I would say give yourself about 1.5 - 2 hours between twin lakes and aspen proper.