Independence Pass

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  • Address: PSICC, Twin Lakes to Aspen, CO 81251, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • 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. 

Independence Pass Travel Tips

  • 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.

Independence Pass Hours

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

How to Reach Independence Pass

  • 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
  • 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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  • 53% 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.

People also prefer to start their day with Independence Pass.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Independence Pass Reviews & Ratings

  • Some of the best views in America in my opinion. The drive is incredibly worth it. If you're going to do some of the trails that lead off of the paved overlook trail I'd suggest bringing water/anything else that you'd bring on a hike.

  • Awesome!!!! Incredible drive, but so beautiful on the way up from Aspen. Seeing the fall foilage reminded me of how blessed I am to live in this amazing state.

  • If you ever get a chance to driver over Independence Pass, you must. The views are breath taking

  • Phenomenal views. This is a great day trip. We found ourselves enjoying the morning in the mountains with lunch in Aspen, and a return trip that looks completely different going the opposite direction. Highly highly highly suggest taking this road trip. There are sections of this where by there are only one lane roads. Those are usually around sharp Corners. Would not recommend High vehicles for wide vehicles

  • A beautiful and noteworthy mountain pass road cresting at about 12000 ft. Views are great along the way. Road is narrow with steep drop-offs and no gaurdrails at some points. Drive carefully!

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