Independence Ghost Town2 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 35241-, 36221 CO-82, Aspen, CO 81611, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 5 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Town
During the mining boom of Colorado in the 1800s, the tiny town of Independence was bustling with activity. The town was named so as its prized mines were discovered on the fourth of July in 1879. The mines soon ran out of quarry and most of the population was rendered unemployed. The harsh weather conditions in the Independence Pass also became a reason why the townsfolk deserted Independence. If you pay a visit to this town today, you will see remnants of a stable, what could be called a general store and a cabin. It is looked after by the Aspen Historical Society which offers guided tours to understand the history and the cause of ruins of Independence Town.
Independence Ghost Town Travel Tips
- Guided tours are available from June to September.
- The town is easily accessible when the Independence Pass is open for transit. Check with the local information centers for any closures.
How to Reach Independence Ghost Town
- You can hire a car to get here.
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0.19% of people who visit Aspen include Independence Ghost Town in their plan
95% of people start their Independence Ghost Town visit around 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Independence Ghost Town
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Independence Ghost Town
Independence Ghost Town Reviews & Ratings
Situated near Independence Pass and visible from the road, this well-preserved ghost town was in really good shape, thanks, I am sure, to the Aspen Historical Society. It is a lot of walking at 12,000+ feet, but you can learn about the history of the mining boom. It's also interesting to see how some people built homes and other structures that have lasted 130 years while others are rotted and gone. How much care was put in the building of some. It probably deserves 5 stars but it is fairly strenuous if you are a flatlander or person with asthma. I'm glad we were able to to see it, though.
This really is a ghost town and the preservation of it is amazing! You can still see where the iron workers lived along with magnificent scenery!
Loved driving Independence Pass. So beautiful and worth the extra miles.
Cool ghost town, as of early June it is still covered in deep snow and only accessible by XC skis or snow shoes. There aren't many buildings left but some appear restored and in good shape.
Amazing spot on the way up to Independence Pass. Trail down is a little rocky so appropriate footwear