The opening of Independence Pass is predicted to be on schedule for 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The opening date is strategically set to allow Memorial Day travelers quicker access into Aspen, Colorado from the eastern side of the continental divide. Independence Pass reaches an elevation of 12,095 feet and is the highest paved throughway in the state of Colorado. A scenic overlook at the top of the pass offers visitors a few of the majestic Sawatch mountain rage. Several of Colorado’s 14ers are visible from this vista, including Mt. Elbert (Colorado’s tallest peak – 14,440′) and La Plata (14,336′).