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Independence Pass, Aspen

4.8
#1 of 45 in Outdoors in Aspen
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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  • beautiful stop along the highway...I've never been at this elevation before-take your time to get used to it  more »
  • We passed through both on our way and coming home from Aspen. I would say it’s a must-do because of the beautiful scenic spots. If you are afraid of heights as I am, your heart will be racing....  more »

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