Independence Pass is one of the most exhilarating mountain pass drives that everyone should experience when visiting Colorado. For guests that select The Crestwood as their Snowmass Lodging choice in the summer, they will be delighted to know that this route will cut some time off of their drive from Denver and provide remarkable scenery along the way, but should be aware that the road is closed to traffic during the winter months.

Independence Pass is not only a scenic byway, it that also presents abundant recreational opportunities to passersby and visitors to the Aspen/Snowmass area. There are numerous hikes for all levels. Enjoy a quick walk thru the Grottos area or spend an entire day hiking Lost Man Loop or summit one of the numerous mountains in the area. Other attractions include camping, fishing, rock climbing, biking and ample opportunities to photograph the beautiful landscape of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This local recreational area should not be missed.

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