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Independence Pass Questions & Answers

Long Beach, California

Can one drive from Leadville through Indepedence Pass? I had hoped I could drive via 82, but Google Map is not showing a route. Anyone ever driven through here?

I ask because the drive from Fort Collins to Leadville is a lot of shorter, and the hotels are a lot cheaper too.

7 months ago Answer

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Greendale, Wisconsin
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Yes, you can drive from Leadville through Independence Pass. It's the route we took last year. As others have pointed out, the pass doesn't usually open until late May. But your trip in July should be fine.

7 months ago
South Pole
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The road (pass) probably won't be open for another 3 weeks due to heavy snow conditions.

7 months ago
Long Beach, California
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Hello Ryan. That's helpful, I am actually traveling on July 24, so would it work to go from Leadville through Independence Pass and then to the Maroon Bells? That's my current plan. What do you think?

7 months ago
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Also independence pass isn't open until after Memorial Day.

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82 is what goes from twin lakes down to aspen via independence pass. Your best bet is to take 24 to 91 North and meet back up with Highway 70.

7 months ago
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