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Independence Pass Recreation

Photo by Sally Pearce, CDOTIndependence Pass offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor adventurist. Cycling, climbing, camping, hiking and fishing are common pastimes in the area. Visitors to the area should note that the altitude and terrain are very challenging and impact your body in many ways. When participating in outdoor recreation, consider several variables and plan accordingly. Following are some tips for safely enjoying Colorado and Independence Pass recreation.

  • Always bring a trail map, drinking water, adequate clothing and footwear, a simple emergency kit and a trash bag for carrying out disposed items.
  • Know your fitness level and be aware of your limitations.
  • Use sunscreen even on cloudy days. The high altitude of the Pass means there is less atmospheric filtering of the sun's harmful rays.
  • Be prepared for sudden changes in weather. Rocky Mountain weather can change drastically in a short period of time, and strong thunderstorms and snowstorms are common on Independence Pass.

Independence Pass is host to dozens of hiking trails, campgrounds, streams and climbs. For more information on recreational opportunities, contact the Division of Wildlife at 970.947.2920, the Aspen Ranger District at 970.925.3445, or the White River National Forest at 970.945.2521. For additional sources of information associated with recreation please see the Independence Pass Related Links page of this Web site.

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Tracy Trulove
CDOT Communications Office
Western Slope
(970) 384-3371
tracy.trulove@state.co.us