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Independence Ghost Town

620 West Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
+1 970-925-3721
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Nice view

Not much to see -- a few restored buildings. Maintained by local volunteers, so it'd be a nice... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
Northern Virginia, Virginia
Only do in conjunction with Independence Pass and Grottos

There is a bit to see here, a few buildings, some informatives signs, a nice view as you are... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
marvin b
New Paltz, New York
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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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  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
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620 West Bleeker St, Aspen, CO 81611-1230
+1 970-925-3721
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Not much to see -- a few restored buildings. Maintained by local volunteers, so it'd be a nice walk, if you're in the area and have some extra time. The placard on the history is interesting. Nice view down the valley.More

Thank WagnersParsifal
HistoryAspen, Public Relations Manager at Independence Ghost Town, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Hi there, Thanks so much for visiting, we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the walk and the view. Aspen Historical Society, a non-profit organization, operates this site and we do offer guided tours throughout the summer months for additional interpretation. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 5 September 2017

There is a bit to see here, a few buildings, some informatives signs, a nice view as you are surrounded by peaks in a bowl. But not worth more than a short look.

Thank marvin b
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We have been to Independence Pass several times, but somehow never stopped at this Ghost Town. This time we stopped at the ghost town and not the pass! It was well worth the stop! We had an enjoyable hike around the various buildings (or what...More

1  Thank Timaca
Reviewed 17 June 2017

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

1  Thank Craig N
Reviewed 30 May 2017

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.

1  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.

1  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

1  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

Thank mailstop
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

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