- Along the entire route
- Independence Pass – Maroon Bells
- The Grottos area along Independence Pass
- The Maroon Bells reflected in Maroon Lake – Ptarmigan Pass
- 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.
Terrific vistas in all directions.
- Length: 6.5 miles
- Driving Time: min. 30 mins
In good conditions, this spur road from the byway to the top of Ptarmaigan Pass should be passable to most passenger vehicles. North of the pass, it will soon deteriorate and become a true 4wd route requiring low range.
The pass sits below the summit of Resolution Mountain and offers terrific vistas in all directions. Fall foliage can be impressive.
Notable fall color.
In General: 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.
Limited accessibility by car. Bus tours run throughout the day for the summer season. Fees apply.
The Maroon Bells, reflected in Maroon Lake, is perhaps Colorado’s most often photographed mountain scene. Fall foliage can be special. Abundant summer wildflowers.