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

Independence Pass - Review

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 Information

  • 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 Opening and Closing Hours

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

How To reach Independence Pass by Public Transport

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Independence Pass

  • 95% of people who visit Aspen include Independence Pass in their plan

  • 61.75% of people start their Independence Pass visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Independence Pass

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

93.64% 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

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Independence Pass, Aspen Reviews

  • 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, great drive up, dangerous, but fun. Take a small hike at the top and enjoy the cool breeze and thin air. 😊

  • There was still some snow up on top, but you could still get to the Vista Point. The road in from the East was nice, but the road into Aspen was a little dicey. The road is narrow (one lane). One side is rock wall and the other side is a drop-off.

  • Wow, Independence Pass is awesome. The road can be freaky for passengers at times but the veiws are some of the best around. Go slow, there are lots of places without guard rails. Once you get to the top of the pass there is a pretty decent overlook where you get 360 degree veiws of the area.

  • Stunning views! It is a sheer climb going up west on 82 from Twin Lakes. Do your math on the climb because it may not be cold below but once you get to the top the temps might be freezing and can make for an iffy drive. This road will put you in the midst of a lot of 14teeners

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