Independence Pass is located between Twin Lakes on the east and Aspen Colorado on the west, on Colorado Hwy. 82. The pass is a steep, winding, paved road with some parts without guard rails. One short section on the Aspen side narrows down to one lane. It rises to a height of about 12095 feet above sea level. At that point you reach the Continental Divide which is above the tree line with spectacular vistas of both sides of the divide . This makes for an incredible drive especially in the fall with the golden aspen trees. Just remember, this pass is closed in the Winter and may close earlier in the Fall because of weather. The sights along this road starting from the east side include the town of Twin Lakes, Independence Pass, the ghost town ruins of Independence, the Grotto and the Devil’s Punchbowl. This road is one not to miss. The photos in this gallery were shot at the Devil’s Punchbowl, the Grotto and Twin Lakes.
Map of Independence Pass Colorado