Drive Independence Pass



32 miles

Route Type


Added by Lindsay McClure

Independence Pass is a scenic 32 mile drive or ride. The pass allows you to travel to "The Top of The Rockies." Along the route, there are numerous trailheads for you to pull over and hit the trail.

Whether you are driving or biking, the elevation gain is significant, it's over 4,000 ft. The road is fairly narrow so being cautious is important. The highway itself is seasonal; it's closed for winter due to icy conditions. We stopped along the Grotto trailhead to hike around and get some views of the switchback-ing road. The snow proved to be a great variable, giving the pass a much different landscape than that of it's popular summer one.

There is a world-class climbing wall here in the Grotto, where I was fortunate to get a shot of "The Man on the Face." See if you can spot him!

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Known for

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area



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Super Scenic with Lots to do

With Aspen on one side and Twin Lakes on the other and endless things to do in between you can't go wrong with Independence Pass. Amazing views the whole way along a well maintained road.

Great drive!!

This is one of the best easily accessible passes along the Continental Divide. Driving it in the summer offers great views and amazing photography.

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