Trip Planner:   USA  /  Colorado  /  Aspen  /  Independence Pass

Independence Pass, Aspen

4.8
#1 of 40 in Outdoors in Aspen
Scenic Drive · Lookout
Create an itinerary including Independence Pass
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Independence Pass reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 5.0
1,725 reviews
Google
4.9
TripAdvisor
  • Be aware it’s a very white knuckled drive but the scenery is soooooo worth it. Stop on the switchback pull outs and take a breath and a picture. So beautiful. 
    Be aware it’s a very white knuckled drive but the scenery is soooooo worth it. Stop on the switchback pull outs and take a breath and a picture. So beautiful.  more »
  • Independence Pass is a beautiful place to visit. Nice, well maintained trails to walk, if you can handle the altitude. We usually go though this pass at least once when visiting Aspen 
    Independence Pass is a beautiful place to visit. Nice, well maintained trails to walk, if you can handle the altitude. We usually go though this pass at least once when visiting Aspen  more »
Google
  • Gorgeous Mountain pass with insane wilderness views. If you're afraid of heights, this drive will make you nervous.
  • Beautiful scenic drive. Definitely worth it and fun to drive here. Views are stunning. Highest peaks of Rockies.

Plan your trip to Aspen

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip