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Independence Pass is now closed for the season

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Nov 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-18 15:41:07-05

DENVER – The gates on both the Twin Lakes and Aspen sides of Independence Pass were locked Friday, marking the seasonal closure of the third-largest mountain pass in Colorado.

If you’re looking to get to Aspen during the winter months, take I-70 to Glenwood Springs and Colorado 82 into Aspen.

When open, the pass has a 35-foot length restriction on commercial and recreational vehicles.

Independence Pass almost always re-opens on the Thursday before Memorial Day each May, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The pass travels through 32 miles of mountains terrain and, at the summit, reaches an elevation of 12,095 feet.

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