INDEPENDENCE PASS, Colo. – Fall has arrived in the high country, calling all “leaf peepers” to Independence Pass.
A Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway, Independence Pass is the highest paved state highway over the Continental Divide.
The 32-mile-pass connects Twin Lakes to Aspen and winds through beautiful mountainous terrain.
While the road is paved, the curves are tight and it does get narrow, so it’s best to take it slow.
At 12,095 feet, the peak offers a perfect place to stop and take a break and of course a picture or two. But there’s also plenty of places to pull off along the way to capture magnificent views.
With the San Isabel National Forest to the east and the White River National Forest to the west, there’s also lots of opportunities for hiking and camping nearby.
Independence Pass offers a true Colorado adventure and is sure to be a Sunday Drive you won’t soon forget.
The pass does shut down during the winter those it’s closure depends on snowfall.
Independence Pass is typically open until late October or early November.
It’s status can be checked at cotrip.org.