May 30, 2010 – Independence Pass to Aspen & Maroon Bells

Its Memorial Day and it’s the day they open Independence Pass.

Independence Pass, elevation 12,100 ft (3,700 m), is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains The pass is at the summit of the ridge of the Sawatch Range between Aspen and Leadville and is located within the confines of the White River National Forest. The pass connects the upper valley of the Roaring Fork River upstream from Aspen with the headwaters of the Arkansas River near Leadville. The pass is traversed by State Highway 82 and is the second-highest paved mountain pass in Colorado.  The pass is always closed in winter, from the first heavy snow fall in autumn, often opening only in late May or early June.

We like to either do Independence Pass or Trail Ridge Road each Memorial day.  So today we are heading over to Aspen with Chelsie and Bella with the top of the jeep.  It’s a pretty day but it gets a little chilly and windy at the top of the pass and when we put poor little Bella in the snow to take her picture, she didn’t care for it too much at all.

We stop in at Maroon Bells and it seems every time we are there the wind seems to be blowing just enough to where I can’t get that perfect reflection picture I have been wanting.  Plus my patience level isn’t the best in the world.  But oh well maybe someday…

Then we drive on into Aspen for a walk around town.  I it a beautiful town, it’s just too bad its so dang expensive!