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“Not a destination, but a great place to visit as you're driving through.”

Independence Ghost Town
Ranked #29 of 101 things to do in Aspen
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Owner description: Visitors can tour the remnants of this former mining town, deserted in the late 1800s after a severe storm knocked out supply routes.
Trout Lake, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not a destination, but a great place to visit as you're driving through.”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We stopped in here on our way over Independence Pass. It was a great place to stop and take in some history. If you walk down to the General Store, you'll find a nice little display about the history of the town that was once situated on the hillside. There are college students/graduates who can fill you in on further details if you are so inclined. Not many buildings are left standing, but it is interesting to see their construction and you can only imagine how hard it was to live there in the winter. The city of Aspen maintains this site and it is well worth the effort.

Visited June 2014
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Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Jeep tour of Aspen's spectacular scenery”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

We were so impressed with our tour service from Blazing Adventures especially our tour guide, Diane. She was knowledgeable and fun. We were whisked from one site to another and she had a running commentary the entire time. We highly recommend this company and Diane for an informative trip.

Visited June 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
298 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“A part of history!”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Definitely stop here on your way to or from Independence Pass. Wear comfortable shoes and take the walk down to the General Store. This is a small piece of Colorado history that shouldn't be missed!

Visited July 2013
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Republic, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Easy access”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Stopped by this ghost town while on our way down from a fall colors drive over Independence Pass. After that, almost nothing could impress! Access was easy, in spite of a recent snowfall.

Visited October 2012
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Aspen, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Very Nice- but I wouldn't go out of your way”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

Driving over Independence pass is truly one of the great Aspen experiences. Highly recommended. If you come into town from down valley, however, I wouldn't highly recommend making the drive up to the ghost town on the pass. It's kinda cool but not worth the time...

Visited April 2013
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