Independence Pass Summit


Spectacular viewpoint overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley, Lake Creek Valley, Collegiate Range, Sawatch Range and West Elk Range. The old stage road was installed on Independence Pass in 1880-1881 by B. Clark Wheeler, officially opening on January 1, 1882, as a toll road, collecting 25 cents per horse and rider, and 50 cents per wagon for passage. The old toll road carried travelers over the Pass between 1882 and the coming of the railroads into Aspen in 1887. Although the existing road was built over the old road in many places, the remains of the original road, including logs laid down over boggy spots, and the ruins of corrals and way stations, can still be found. The shadow of the old road bed, cut by erosion gullies and partially revegetated by native plants, is clearly visible just west of the summit.


Aspen, CO 81611


39.10182500, -106.55193300
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