Cresting at 12,095 feet, Independence Pass offers some remarkably spectacular views of the Rockies. The landscape along this route is comprised of typical dense forest at the lower elevations with numerous switchbacks. Along the way you'll also pass through the Ghost town of Independence near the top of the pass. You'll be taking in breathtaking views of the famous Maroon Bells area of the Colorado Rocky Mountains along this route. There are also river canyons to drive in and lots of pull offs to check out!
Towns/Cities You'll Pass By/Through
There is not much in terms of urban scenery in between the route's start and end points. Make sure you stop in Aspen at the end of this route. Check out this world class town to see why the world's richest and most famous people have homes there.
Attractions & Points-of-Interests Along the Way
This scenic drive is primarily about the views and the curves. There is not much in between Twin Lakes area on the East end and Aspen on the west. Aspen is a great town to take a look around, grab a bite to eat and check out the many nice little shops and boutiques.