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Independence Ghost Town

620 West Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
+1 970-925-3721
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Fascinating! If you're into this kind of thing :)

We enjoyed the drive, but went up specifically looking to find the abandoned mining community of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Craig N
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Iowa
Favorite of our 15yo Son

Thought we had missed it, but luckily there was a second pull-in. Snow still covered most of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TheAdamsFromGA
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Atlanta
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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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  • Average16%
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620 West Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed the drive, but went up specifically looking to find the abandoned mining community of Independence. We had beautiful weather in mid-June and all the snow was gone from the trail & grounds (though still melting off the peaks above). Our little boys (5...More

Thank Craig N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thought we had missed it, but luckily there was a second pull-in. Snow still covered most of the path down into the town. Great stop on a great drive!

Thank TheAdamsFromGA
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This is another ghost town that you cannot miss. One of the last surviving town that you can see how they lived back in the 1800s. I can't imagine living in the harsh conditions near the pass.

Thank Ryan F
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We enjoyed walking through the remnants of this town. No one else was there and we really got to experience the ghost town.

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Independence, Colorado, has been a ghost town since 1920, when the last resident moved out. In truth, it has been a ghost town since 1899, when everyone else left during a cold and snowy winter. By then, the town had declined because gold production had...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Love ghost towns and the preservation of the history. Independence is not as well kept as Ashcroft and not as easily accessible as Ashcroft but the scenery is breathtaking and as I went in September, the foliage was spectacular.

Thank ChristineNH
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...More

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AHS1963, Public Relations Manager at Independence Ghost Town, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank logandiana
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.

Thank ortteb1
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...More

Thank auntierah
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