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

About Independence Pass, Aspen

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Independence Pass

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

  • 61.66% 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

93.6% 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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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.

  • Love this summer road. Winding mountain road with no guardrails next to cliffs. Blind curves with sudden lane narrows to one lane. Rock falls happen. Vehicles must be less than 35 feet by law to take this route. RV's and campers have scraped their sides off on the rock outcroppings next to the road.

  • Very high altitude up here! Just over 12,000 feet. It is also very cold so have warm clothing! Some great views of the surrounding area. Roads can be covered in slush/ice so be careful driving up and back down. There are also some toilets here for public use.

  • Awesome drive and great views!! The drive was a bit intense. Drove at night twice, I wouldn't recommend that. The road gets very curvy near the independence pass. Be cautious near the narrow lanes towards the Aspen end of the road.

  • Beautiful road to drive, especially in the fall, but not for the faint of heart. If you don't like driving near ledges with no guard rail, stay off this road! Vehicles over 35' long not allowed and for good reason. There are vault toilets and a nice viewpoint (5 minute walk) at the top.

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