Independence Pass

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  • Address: PSICC, Twin Lakes to Aspen, CO 81251, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids

The Independence Pass connects Aspen with its eastern neighbours. The iconic pass is situated on Highway 82 at an elevation of around 12 thousand feet. This route is full of scenic views of the mountains and valleys in Aspen. This is supplemented by the many nature trails and biking routes that surround the pass. There are rock climbing activities taking place here in the summer. Overnight camping spots are available on the Aspen side as well as the Lincoln Creek Road. You can explore the Grottos ice caves 9 miles east of Aspen or cliff jump off the Devil’s Punch Bowl waterfall. The pass is closed for vehicular traffic in winter, but you can rent a snowmobile or ski down the ice-covered path. 

  • Be careful when riding through the pass. The road is quite narrow and traffics comes in from both the sides. Whatever be the vehicle you are riding, make sure not to overspeed.
  • Do not blindly rely on the GPS if wanting to drive down the pass. It does not display information about the route being closed.
  • Bikers should especially be careful when driving down this pass.

  • The pass is closed for vehicular traffic from October to May due to extreme weather conditions.

  • Near-by Public Transports: You can hire a car or bicycle to get here.

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  • Independence Pass Address: PSICC, Twin Lakes to Aspen, CO 81251, USA, United States
  • Independence Pass Timing: 24-hrs
  • Independence Pass Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Independence Pass(preferred time): 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Independence Pass: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 69.54% of people who visit Aspen include Independence Pass in their plan

  • 69.84% of people start their Independence Pass visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Independence Pass

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

88% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Independence Pass

People normally club together The John Denver Sanctuary and Silver Queen Gondola while planning their visit to Independence Pass.

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* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Wow!! Drive this road!!! Nothing more needs to be said! I'm taking this drive every time I'm anywhere close to this area!! Sure, parts of the road are narrow as people say but that's part of mountain driving. Drive careful and slow if you have to and you'll be just fine! This is truly a drive On Top Of The Rockies! My highlight on our recent trip! Drove over from Aspen to twin lakes around 6 to 8 and the light, shadows, valleys, and mountains took my breath away! There's enough mentions about it already but it's closed through the winter months.

  • Stopped here on our way from Denver to Aspen. Very cool vista and I wish we'd have had time to hike, but there's a trail that led you along the continental divide across the peaks. Restroom facilities were primitive but I appreciate them all the same, not easy to maintain those all the way on this mountain. The drive up was pretty spooky, tight switchbacks. Quite crowded.

  • Inspiring points of view at 12,000+ elevation. If you don't plan on hiking a mountain, this is a way that you can get to the top of something so beautiful. Make sure you allow plenty of time for the drive before dark and take it very slow on the curves. Not a good trip for someone with motion sickness or fear of heights/cliffs. The road to the top is closed during the winter until Memorial Day typically, so check before you drive there. On one side is the town of Leadville (quaint, old town charm with modern touches) or Aspen (expensive, but more options and very picturesque). There are paths that you could hike at the top of the mountain with some items to read about the history of this path.

  • Awesome drive in the summer. It is a little scary driving feet away from big drop offs, but the biggest danger are the people who drive too fast for the road. The are multiple pull off areas to take pictures and relax and also access to a hiking trail. The views from the top are breathtaking. It's cool to look down at the road you were just driving on. This place is usually pretty busy on a nice summer day. Well worth checking out at least once.

  • Amazing views. You can’t afford to drive pass it. Take into your considerations at least 30 minutes here. It’s worth it. Very relaxing spot.

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