34 years ago Karen and I spent our honeymoon in Aspen in early June and couldn’t reach Independence Pass due to snow. At 12,095 feet of elevation Independence Pass, after Cottonwood Pass to the south, is the second-highest Pass with an improved road in the state. It’s the fourth-highest paved road in the state and the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the US. Because of the heavy snowfall at its elevation, it is closed in wintertime, isolating Aspen from direct access from the east during the ski season.
We had a beautiful drive through Basalt and Aspen before heading up to Independence Pass and the ghost town at the top. Beautiful drive through the aspens which were already changing to their fall colors at higher elevations. A gorgeous day!