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“White knuckled spectacular!!”
Review of Independence Pass

Independence Pass
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Absolutely drive this pass. Just drive it slowly, with great care and attention - Instagram will keep. Try to be patient with your passenger when they seem tempted to grip the dashboard or the seat - it's *really* not you, it's the precipitous thousand foot drop-off they're facing. Having been both passenger and driver, it can be terrifying on that side of the vehicle, and 20 mph can feel like 100 mph. When you get to the continental divide at the top, stop, get out, and take a minute to simply marvel at it all. It's an absolutely spectacular view, and in the summer afternoons you're usually treated to a rainbow or two kicked up by the storms in the valleys below.

Important note: the pass is closed for the winter, and when open, vehicles over 35 ft in length face a $1500 fine if they attempt the beautiful but hair raising hairpin turns.

Thank OllyRox
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Fall is a great time to wind your way here. If you enjoy the changing colors and windy mountain roads this is for you. Wear layers!

Thank Doug T
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Drove over Indy Pass in early September maybe just a little too early for the full fall colours but still saw some. The view from the top is great and you are crossing one of the highest roads in the USA. Be aware of altitude effects

1  Thank jiminysimpson
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Plenty of pull outs to see the valley and streams. Great ride from Vail to Aspen. Presently the bridge is out north of Aspen at rts 82 & 70. Traffic was horrendous near 70. I should have returned via the pass. Sept 2017

1  Thank Joe G
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

John and I were traveling from Vail to Aspen in mid September! The Aspens were changing, the air was cool, but lovely, it wasn't crowded! Perfect, amazing, don't miss it!

Thank Mary Helen D
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