Alternate Routes for Aspen

What alternate routes are available to Aspen, CO when i70 west is closed? In this article, we will explore routes that we are familiar with.

Main Route: Denver to Aspen

The Primary Route to Aspen from Denver

The main route to Aspen is via the i70 west corridor. The route is 222 miles and take approximately 4 hours to drive. Since it travels through the Colorado Rockies, the route is subject to some closures and detours along the way. In this article, we've provided some options in case i70 has some interruptions.

Routes We've Used in the Past

Below are alternate routes from i70 West that we're familiar with. All of these routes take longer than the normal trip via i70. Keep in mind that snow removal is not as adequate as on interstate highways. Travel at your own risk. Rental cars do not always have snow tires or four wheel drive. Our professional chauffeurs have driving experience in winter conditions as well as on these alternate routes. We just wanted to share all of the travel options so that you can make the best choice.

Highway 82: Independence Pass (Route Photo Coming Soon)

When the i70 corridor at Glenwood Canyon is closed, we recommend using Independence Pass to bypass this closure. Independence Pass sits at 12,095 ft above sea level. Restrictions apply for this route, such restrictions include: no vehicles longer than 35 ft, the route is only open during summer months (for 2022: May 26 - October 28). This route is a very popular scenic route that many tourists wish to take in the summer months for the scenic appeal. Taking this route will not add significant time to travel and will actually be a shorter distance for travelers coming from Denver International Airport.