At 12,095 feet (3687 meters), this pass ranks as one of the highest paved roads in North America. The views from up top are ... More
At 12,095 feet (3687 meters), this pass ranks as one of the highest paved roads in North America. The views from up top are stunning and border on the kind normally only reserved for National Geographic photographers. The drive from Aspen is equally stunning as the highway zigzags past thick stands of pine, towering cliffs, streams and Independence Ghost Town . Hairpin turns with precarious drop-offs add to the driving drama. Take Highway 82 east out of Aspen and follow it for approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers). Parking, a handicapped paved hiking trail with viewing stand and a Continental Divide sign mark the summit. The road is closed during winter.
OMG, Don't trust your GPS. We got on the CR3 went up to the mountain dirt road bumpy and got lost. We was so lucky to be alive. I will not go with that driver any more .
Thin air can give you headache for days .
I've only driven the road over Independence Pass once. It's beautiful & spectacular, but the road was narrow, with no guard rails, and by the time we pulled off at the top, I don't know if my shortness of breath was from the altitude, or my anxiety(and I'm a totally confident driver).
Wouldn't have missed it for all the Coors in Golden. It's well worth the drive. I just wish I could have enjoyed the view! The person who gave the route 1 star is A) A total wuss or more likely B) A local who hates being held up by rubberneckers!
What a drive for a person who like driving. So many interesting sites along the way. Leadville and Twin Lakes great towns to stop in. My stop at the ghost town of Independence was interesting and educational. I swear I felt the presence of one of the ghost. Driving up and down the mountain road (pass), was an experience that I'll never forget. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Being a flatlander (I learned a new word) from the Jersey shore (elevation about 10ft.) I was out of my elements but I loved the thrill of the drive up the mountain and down again through Aspen.
I recommend this trip to everyone who likes to get out and see our beautiful country up close. Just take your time and take in the view at every hairpin turn on Rt 82.
We went to camp at Buena vista In July & we were an hour & a 1/2 from garden of the Gods & Aspen, it was the perfect trip & was able to do it all, oh! also the royal gordge, As we travled up the mountains on the way to Independence Pass, not realizing it was the only way to aspen, (later found out another way) the higher we drove the more nervous I got sitting on the passenger side of the car, I do know I was taking pictures outside my window in hopes they were turning out alright being my eyes were Not open the entire time, although we made it & it was a beautiful drive & the most perfect vacation we have ever had & aspen was so worth it, we plan on making this a yearly vacation for our family & it was a real bummer coming back to triple digit tempatures & no mountain scenery in Texas, thank goodness our roots are at our church First United Penticostal Church In Euless or else we would be packed for Co.
I was worried since we were riding on a motorcycle, due to the negative reviews. It was beautiful. Yes the roads were winding, but what else could you expect? The scenery is worth it. Skip Aspen, it is a let down after the ride. Bring a camera, you will want to remember this.
I loved every minute of the trip over the pass. My wife has altitude sickness and she hated it. Wish we could go back but next time i'll leave her in Redstone looking for the local bears near Avalanche Ranch.
Independance Pass is Colorado high country made accessable to the masses. The scenery is breathtaking and the drive itself is enough to get the adrenaline pumping. As for the lack of guard rails... Coloradoans don't need no stinkin' guardrails, those are for sissy flatlanders!
Be sure to make a stop at the ghost town of Independance right on the western side of the pass. It is amazing that people lived at this altitude year round 100 years ago. Sturdy stock to be sure.
Stunning scenery, excellent adventure, not for the nervous driver. The well-paved road tops out at Independence Pass (12,095 ft.). But if you take it slow and carefully, you'll be fine. Terrific road for motorcycles to explore (take your time!) Plan extra time for photos and travel. Expect and average speed of about 30 mph. Be prepared for changing weather conditions - this is Colorado! This is a fabulous experience that will surely be a memorable part of any trip.
NOTE: Large vechiles and trailers of any sort not recommended. Length limits enforced.
i like it. it was beautiful & high up! best time to go is after thanksgiving. we went for our honeymoon in october and it was to early for ski season but it did snow. if you go during ski season theres sure alot more to do.
I have never seen the night sky as clear and brilant before. My drive through at 2.00 am to Aspen Will say in my mind forever. I could not leave till sunrise,then saw the cliffs I had driven through after along drive from Ct, a must do thing on the list of life.
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