Take a Day Trip From the Frisco Lodge: Aspen Via Independence Pass

Posted by: admin October 15th, 2015

Independence-PassComing to stay in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a vacation that can be chock full of activities and things to do, especially in the great outdoors. There are plenty of hikes, bike trails and adventures to go on, but one of our favorites is a day trip to Aspen following state highway 82 over Independence Pass.

This road trip is definitely an all day affair, but well worth the mileage. You’ll wind through Leadville (a great place to stop for brunch or window shopping), up and over the pass, and down into Aspen.

Once you’ve arrived, it’s a great place to grab a late lunch before heading up the Roaring Fork Valley to Glenwood Springs, I-70 and eventually back into Frisco.

The allure of this trip is definitely the beauty of the scenery along the drive as well as the eclectic mix of communities that you’ll pass through. From Leadville to Aspen to Glenwood, Avon and Vail, there’s definitely a wide variety of terrain and towns to see.

Mount-Massive-ColoradoSome highlights of the trip include views of 14ers Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive from south of Leadville, the beautiful scenery of the twin lakes area (and fishing if you have time to stop), the fantastic overlook from the top of Independence Pass which is situated at just over 12,000 ft. and finding a great hole in the wall spot in downtown Aspen for a bite to eat (Zane’s Tavern and Hop Culture are excellent).

On the way home, you’ll meander through Glenwood Canyon, one of the coolest stretches of the drive, especially if you hit it at sunset. Then, you’ll make your way through Edwards, Avon and Vail. If you’d like to stop and stretch your legs, there are plenty of options for dinner in any of these locations, but Vail will be the most populated.

Our Frisco bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay when you’re vacationing in the mountains. We are centrally located to access the immediate mountain community and a few places that are just a bit farther. Whether you’re staying for a month or just a few days, Frisco is one of the best places to come visit in the mountains. Based on the proximity to neighboring communities, the great atmosphere and the beautiful scenery overlooking Lake Dillon, Frisco is prime for a relaxing and breathtaking getaway.