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Independence Pass, Aspen

#1 of 41 in Outdoors in Aspen
Must see · Scenic Drive · Lookout
Cutting through mountains and hugging a roaring river, Independence Pass remains a classic Colorado scenic and historic byway that allows views of towering peaks, groves of aspen trees, crashing waterfalls, and cool lakes. With the summit at elevation of 3,687 m (12,095 ft), it represents the highest paved pass in North America. In addition to many trailheads, campgrounds, scenic overlooks, and wildlife viewing areas, attractions include the historic ghost town of Independence, once a thriving gold mining town. Adventurous types can make use of nearby skiing slopes or bouldering opportunities, depending on the time of the year. Note that the road is winding, narrow, and steep, so drive with caution. Put Independence Pass and other Aspen attractions into our Aspen sightseeing planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Went to Buena Vista for some xc skiing. Snow storm came in, so didn't want to go all the way to Tennessee pass. Looked up some place and decided to go here. Absolutely gorgeous. Highway was...  more »
  • We took a scenic drive to Independence Pass while staying in Aspen. My husband is afraid of heights so I do mountain driving. As we began driving up the mountain, his concerns began to increase...  more »
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