Independence Pass, ColoradoElevation: 12,095 feet
Nearest Towns West Of Divide: Aspen
Nearest Towns East of Divide: Twin Lakes
River/Watersheds West Of Divide: Roaring Fork River, Colorado River
River/Watersheds East Of Divide: Lake Creek, Arkansas River, Mississippi River
The drive over Independence Pass from Twin Lakes (on the east) to Aspen (to the west) is arguably one of the most scenic drives in Colorado. Many passes have stunning views of mountains, but there is something quite impressive about the Independence Pass region. Highway 82, a state road maintained by C-DOT, is usually only open from late May until late October at the divide ... because of all the snow that accumulates at its high altitude of 12,095 feet.
I snapped the photo above in August 2006, and you can see all of my photos from that particular evening here: Independence Pass Sunset.
There is a rest area with an overlook and portable toilets at Independence Pass, which makes this spot very popular for visitors.
The view heading westbound on Highway 82 towards Aspen in Pitkin County.
Related LinksIndependence-Pass.com - Independence Pass photos, information and discussion forum.
Independence Pass Foundation - Non-profit organization that advocates for the Independence Pass region.