Independence Pass, Twin Lakes: See 142 reviews, articles, and 60 photos of Independence Pass, ranked No.1 on Tripadvisor among 5 attractions in Twin Lakes. At 12,095 feet, Independence Pass is the fourth highest paved road in the state. Seasons . 352 E Reds Rd, Aspen, CO 81611. It’s the 4th highest paved road in the state and it travels through spectacular scenery. To reach, take CO 82 west from Twin Lakes or east out of Aspen. ALL | Independence Pass on Colorado Highway 82 is open for the season. $25,000,000. Here, you are presented with two routes to get to Aspen: via I-70 to Glenwood Springs then Highway 82 to Aspen; or south to Leadville, Twin Lakes and Highway 82 over Independence Pass into Aspen. The pass, which connects Aspen and Twin Lakes via State Highway 82, is normally scheduled to open the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, … The road — which normally opens the Thursday before Memorial Day — should be open by 5:30 p.m. Friday, said Tracy Trulove, Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. I hope to travel it again someday. Independence Pass, originally known as Hunter Pass, is a high mountain pass in central Colorado, United States. Highway 82 is closed at the Winter Gate, 5 miles east of Aspen, around the beginning of November each year. Hwy 82 over Independence Pass is slated for seasonal closure starting this Fri, Nov 13, at 7:00pm. Runoff on the west side of the pass drains to the Roaring Fork River, while the east side empties into the North Fork of Lake Creek. Read more. The pass is midway between Aspen and Twin Lakes, on … The mountain views alone are breathtaking in Twin Lakes, but then with the added feature of shimmering yellow aspen leaves make it From Glenwood Springs (on Interstate 70) to Aspen, is a 4 lane highway that won't scare anyone. Cross Country skiers will enjoy the groomed trail for both classic and skate skiing jaunts. Snowshoers and hikers can also enjoy the same access to the road. From Aspen to the peak of the pass is about 20 miles, but riders can turn around at any point and return to town. Once a thriving mining town with over 40 businesses and an estimated population of 1,500. Independence Pass is part of the great Top of the Rockies Byway. A few miles west of the pass… At 12,095 feet, this pass is the highest in Colorado. The area offers world-renown ski resorts, the beautiful mountain passes of Independence, McClure, Vail, Loveland, and crystal clear mountain rivers. Independence Pass has got to be one of the best climbs in Colorado. Independence Pass - Aspen CO Real Estate. Do not rely on your GPS for directions if the pass is closed. It is at elevation 12,095 ft (3,687 m) on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. However, visitors are still able to enjoy recreational opportunities on the closed, snow packed road. We left Aspen heading to Twin Lakes. Short hike leads to the "Grotto", a cavern like stream bed. The crags at Independence Pass are arrayed along CO-82 west of Aspen en route to the Pass itself at 12,000 feet. Independence Pass is a high mountain pass in central Colorado, midway between Aspen and Twin Lakes and bordering both Lake and Pitkin Counties. (From Buena Vista, travel north on Highway 24 for 22 miles and turn west at the main sign for Highway 82 and Twin Lakes.) Go slow, as every instinct will tell you, and you'll be … The first 13 miles of the ride climb gently through a gorgeous valley marked by meadows and high forests. The semi ghost town town of Twin Lakes is a nice place to walk around. Uncover Colorado - Vacations, Travel & Tourism | Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer, Camping near Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt, around Pitkin County, Plan Your Drive | Seasonal Mountain Passes Closures in Colorado. In 1927 it rebuilt the old stage road over Independence Pass to Twin Lakes and designated it part of Highway 82, closing it in winters to avoid the maintenance costs. The scenic drive along CO 82 from Twin Lakes to Aspen via Independence Pass is well worth the time. Due to harsh weather conditions that can make the road unsafe for drivers, Colorado Department of Transportation closes Independence Pass for the winter, often in late October, and reopens around Memorial Day. Fee-based camping on the Aspen side of Independence Pass is available at Difficult Campground, Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch and Lost Man Campground. Sort by: Newest. It is a 19 mile paved road from Aspen to the top of the pass. State transportation crews are shooting to open Independence Pass by Friday evening, an official said Wednesday. 16 miles east of Aspen is the historic ghost town of Independence. Located 21 miles southwest of Leadville and 36 miles east of Aspen, this historic village sits at the base of Colorado’s highest peak, Mt. The summit of Independence Pass is located 18 miles west of Twin Lakes and 19 miles east of Aspen and crosses the Continental Divide over the Sawatch Range. Situated along the “Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway,” Twin Lakes is the eastern gateway to Independence Pass, one of the highest paved passes in the state. Independence Pass refers to the 32 mile stretch of Highway 82 that connects Aspen, CO, to Twin Lakes, CO. Not a lot of traffic, or guardrails, on winding high altitude road. You are at 12,095ft, so the weather can be unpredictable. Snowmobilers are also able to utilize the road, providing access to ski mountaineering adventures further from the parking lot. Primitive campsite overlooking Twin Lakes. Be alert to all car traffic, which is especially heavy on summer weekends. Independence Pass, part of Colorado State Highway 82, passes over the Continental Divide between Leadville and Aspen, Colorado. In addition to being a scenic byway, Independence Pass, just east of Aspen, is a favorite recreation location during the summer months. Alternate route to Aspen via I-70. The midway point between Aspen and Twin Lakes, Colorado, Independence Pass is on the border between Pitkin and Lake Counties and is the dividing point between watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean vs. those that drain into the Atlantic Ocean. Road biking on Independence; Pass/Highway 82 is a popular route in the summer. Aspen Chamber Resort Association Cliff jumping in the Roaring Fork near Aspen. 590 N. Mill Street Homes for You Price (High to Low) Price (Low to High) Newest Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Feet Lot Size. 12 results. You are … Dispersed car camping can be found along many of the dirt roads near Mt Elbert, close to the lake. Independence Pass Rock Climbing offers short approaches and a large variety of climbs, both trad/mixed and sports climbing is available. Independence Pass crosses the Continental Divide at 12,095 feet above sea level and connects Aspen and Twin Lakes. Keep going past Aspen, to Twin Lakes and US 24, and your in for a ride. You go past Mt Elbert (tallest peak in Co.), and spend awhile above the Alpine Line. Aspen, CO 81611, Local Phone: 970.925.1940Toll-Free Phone: 877.702.7736Email: [email protected], Independence Ghost Town - 360 Virtual Tour, North Star Nature Preserve - 360 Virtual Tour, Independence Pass is closed for the winter season. It’s the earliest closing since at least 2011, which was the … Twin Lakes Flights; Twin Lakes Restaurants; Twin Lakes Attractions; Twin Lakes Travel Forum; Twin Lakes Photos; Twin Lakes Map; Twin Lakes Guide; All Twin Lakes Hotels; Twin Lakes Hotel Deals; By Hotel Type. The road is open to traffic and is extremely narrow in some sections. Living in Buena Vista, on the east side of Independence Pass, I can tell you of the stories I have heard of novices attempting to reach Aspen from Twin Lakes via Independence Pass, only to get stuck in the snow way up in the high country and incurring massive towing and rescue bills to get them out. ASPEN, Colo. — Colorado transportation officials will close Highway 82 over Independence Pass for the winter on Friday.The road is typically … Independence Pass was full of beautiful views. Our Aspen High Country bike tour features 14,000 foot peaks, massive wildflower fields, White River National Forest, fine dining & much more. 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