Driving Independence Pass in Colorado

One of the most scenic drives in Colorado is Independence Pass. Located between Aspen and Denver Independence Pass takes you to an elevation of 12,095 feet on the Continental Divide.

As you drive through Independence Pass you’ll see plenty of stunning view points, hairpin turns, and lakes. It’s hard not to pull over at each turn to take pictures.

Aerial of Independence Pass roads

If you’re planning a trip on Independence Pass I’d recommend checking the latest status of the road on COtrip. Typically in the winter seasons the road will be close due to snow and lack of plowing.


Continental Divide

As you get to the top of Independence Pass you’ll find the Continental Divide which has a small parking lot and viewpoint.

Continental Divide sign

This is where the elevation of the drive peaks at 12,095 feet. The views at the top are great, I think driving this road under more unique lighting conditions like sunset would be incredible.

View from the Continental Divide viewpoint

Getting to Independence Pass

If you’re planing a trip to Independence Pass you’ll want to check Highway 82 status for the latest road conditions. If you’re staying nearby in Aspen or Carbondale the road is an easy day trip from either location.

Independence Pass on Google Maps

Independence Pass Pictures

Here are more pictures of my road trip on Independence Pass in Colorado. If you have a drone I highly recommend brining it as there are plenty of spots to fly along the road.


If you’re traveling to Maroon Bells or Aspen from Denver I would highly recommend taking Independence Pass. Just check the status of the road before traveling since its typically snowed in during the winter seasons.

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