Fly into Denver, stop in Aspen for the night on the way to Green River. Since Independence Pass is east of Aspen, I’m assuming it would be best to go through it on the way to Aspen. The directions I have are to take I-70W from the Denver airport to 91S to 24S to 82 over Independence Pass. (Will there be signs on 82 pointing to Independence Pass?) At the end of Independence Pass, will I be in the town of Aspen? Can I drive through Independence pass with just a normal passenger vehicle?
The next day, I plan on driving from Aspen to Green River. I would take 82W to I-70W. Will I pass the Maroon Bells on the way back to I-70W? Do you recommend a certain time of day to get the best views and photographs?
The return trip is a straight shot on I-70 East. I am going from Green River, UT to Glenwood Springs, CO to Denver.
All of the routes listed above were taken from Google maps. If there are better routes I should take, please let me know. Thanks.