US 24

Gorgeous scenery!

Golden aspens near Red Cliff, Colorado.

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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Ptarmigan Pass

Terrific vistas in all directions. How to get there: From I-70W Exit 171/US 24, drive south on US 24 15.2 miles and turn left (E) onto Resolution Mountain Rd. From I-70/C470 to Res Mtn Rd 108 miles 2 hrs GPS US24/Res Mtn Rd 39.4547 -106.3330 In General: Length: 6.5 miles Driving Time: min. 30 mins In good conditions, this … Read more

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. How to get there: Park for free at Aspen Highlands Village Parking Lot. Purchase tickets and catch the bus tour at Four-Mountain Sports From Aspen to Parking Lot 2.8 miles 5 mins GPS Parking Lot Ent 39.1830 -106.8555 In General: Limited accessibility by car. Bus tours run throughout the day for the summer season. Fees … Read more