Independence Pass Travel Information

Please click here and link to Alerts and Restrictions for updates on closures of Independence Pass due to weather.

Each year, the two-lane, 12,095-foot pass closes for the winter for the safety of the travelling public and CDOT maintenance crews. The closure typically occurs on or near November 7 and the highway is almost always re-opened on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day each May. Please check as the pass will be posted under "Alerts and Restrictions" if it is closed to travel.

It is important to note that oversize and overweight vehicles are strictly prohibited from using the Pass at any time due to narrow and winding roads and steep inclines. Absolutely no vehicles over 35 feet in length (this includes a vehicle and trailer that, together, exceed 35 feet) may use the Pass at any time. These pass restrictions lie between MP 42 (Aspen side) and MP 84.2 (Leadville/Twin Lakes side, about one mile west of the junction with US 24).

When driving on State Highway 82 over Independence Pass, use extra caution and remember to share the road. Always keep your eyes on the road and drive slowly while remaining prepared to yield. Cyclists are often present and can be difficult to see around curves in the mountain road. There are also many vehicles entering and leaving the roadway to enjoy the recreational opportunities presented by the Pass.

To check the current road status of State Highway 82 through Independence Pass, visit the Colorado Department of Transportation's Web site at and follow the link from traveler information to road and weather conditions. Select statewide conditions and scroll down to conditions for CO 82.

Rockfall remains an issue on this stretch of SH 82 with occasional rocks in the roadway and even the infrequent road closure. The tight curves and single lane segments of the highway require heightened attention by drivers.

The character and natural beauty of the Pass draw a large number of bicyclists and sightseers. Consequently, sharing access to this Scenic and Historic Byway requires considerable attention.

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