Independence Pass is the summit of Colorado State Highway 82 as it runs between Twin Lakes and Aspen. The pass is located on the Continental Divide. To reach CO 82 from the east follow US 24 approximately 14 miles south of Leadville or 20 miles north of Buena Vista to the signed turn-off. From the west, CO 82 runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and continues through Aspen, follow the signs to negotiate a few turns in Aspen. The pass has some tight switchbacks and may not be negotiable by vehicles with large trailers.
The pass is closed in winter. The east side gate is at appx 10,475 at Graham Gulch, just west of the standard TH for La Plata Peak around MM 68. The west side gate is apprx 10 mile east of Aspen.
Please note that Independence Pass will be closed on Wednesday 8/22 and Thursday 8/23 to motor vehicle traffic due to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage 3 and 4 races that are using the road. More information is available at CDOT‘s website regarding this and additional road closures over the course of the races.
Snow conditions for you skiers hoping to get some turns in after the road opens to vehicles on Friday May 11. See posted photos
I rode my MTB up the pass yesterday - what a great spin, with NO traffic. See photos for snow conditions - it‘s possible to link snowfields on the East to the lower switchback; 4th of July bowl is still skiable.