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Gorgeous scenery!

Golden aspens near Red Cliff, Colorado.

How to get there:

I-70W Exit 171. Continues to SH-82 south of Leadville.

  • From I-70/C470 to Exit 171
  • 93 miles 1 hr 40 mins
  • GPS
  • Ramp/US24
  • 39.6096 -106.0507

In General:CampgroundFishing Available

  • Length: 50 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour

This paved route winds its way to an elevation of 10,424 ft, crossing Tennesee Pass with altitudes rarely falling below 9,000 ft. The rugged scenery includes mountain vistas, abundant summer wildflowers and impressive fall colors.

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Independence Pass

Notable fall color.

Hikers on Independence Pass.

How to get there:

I-70W Exit 171. Continue south on US-24 50 miles to SH-82.

  • From I-70/C470 to SH 82
  • 143 miles 2 hr 40 mins
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 39.0759 -106.2816

In General:CampgroundFishing AvailableHiking Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 43 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour 15 mins

This route winds its way to an elevation of 12,095 ft, crossing Independence Pass and ending in Aspen. The road is narrow and steep with tight switchbacks on either side.

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Maroon Bells

Spectacular scenery. In General: Limited accessibility by car. Bus tours run throughout the day for the summer season. Fees apply. Photo Ops: The Maroon Bells, reflected in Maroon Lake, is perhaps Colorado’s most often photographed mountain scene. Fall foliage can be special. Abundant summer wildflowers.