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Independence Ghost Town

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Address: 620 W Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
Phone Number: +1 970-925-3721

Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the...

Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the late 1800s after a severe storm knocked out supply routes.

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Cool History, easy hike

We couldn’t find this place last year because our GPS had the address wrong. We found it by accident when it was already too late to stop. We remembered where it was though so we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
Burleson, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Maybe there are guides on hand during the summer, but we were there the last week in September. No guides, no handouts telling you what you were seeing. Just a couple of signboards for information. Still, you can walk around and get some nice photos looking through doorways and around corners of the old buildings.

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AHS1963, Public Relations Manager at Independence Ghost Town, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We have guides on site for daily tours from mid-June through Labor Day. We must have just missed you! After Labor Day, our dedicated summer staff, many of them interns, head back to school. We're glad you enjoyed the signage that's up there and will keep in mind putting handouts on site. More 

Burleson, Texas
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246 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We couldn’t find this place last year because our GPS had the address wrong. We found it by accident when it was already too late to stop. We remembered where it was though so we knew exactly where to find it this year. There is a large pull out near the last few switchbacks before you get to the top... More 

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North Oaks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Very interesting site. The guide in the old store had some good facts and stories, and the half-ruined buildings give a fascinating look into how life must have been 130 years ago for these tough folks.

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Little did I know when I took Independence Pass from Aspen to Denver I would discover a ghost town at one of the places I pulled off to take pictures of the views. It was a little eerie seeing these abandoned cabins, knowing that at one time people used to live and work there. I didn't walk the path down... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Stopped by this historic ghost town, attraction on our way from Aspen to Buena Vista via the Independence Pass. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Not many visitors when we were there, dirt paths to walk on, interpretive signs & self guided tours are available. Parking is along SR82. The Aspen Historic Society (970-925-3721) offers tours (10-6) & works to... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

No, I would not want to live at the elevation year round, let alone mine the land for gold, but it was fun imagining what it would have been like as I walked among the remaining structures and main drag. Many of the structures are still in great condition and I realized when there that this town only existed for... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

So as I already stated, there isn't a lot left here. A few falling down cabins, a couple of restored cabins, and indents where buildings once stood but if you are driving Independence Pass, it is worth the time to get out, stretch your legs, and take the short hike down to the remains of the town. I love ghost... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

To read how this place in the middle of nowhere attracted Native Americans then later miners. The population boomed to 300 before devastating storms drove everyone away. Now it is a valley of beauty with a few old cabins.

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Austin, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Learn the history of the people who lived in this old mining town established on Independence day. You can explore some of the old buildings and see the beautiful scenery. We spent about 30 minutes here and walked about a mile or so. There was still some snow on the ground in June, I believe it was around 12K feet... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

by driving East on highway 82 you will rise up and up and up, and along the way you'll see very strong bike riders heading towards the top of the pass, which is at 12,000+ feet, but somewhat below the pass there are the remnants of the old mine buildings, rusting machinery, and more....worth the trip past the ghost town... More 

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