Welcome to the Independence Pass Foundation

Independence Pass / Highway 82 is OPEN for the season to vehicles under 35 feet.

Or contact Karin Teague,
Executive Director, 970.274.9690

About the Independence Pass Foundation

The Independence Pass Foundation (IPF) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation based in Aspen, Colorado. Working with local, state and federal agencies, IPF develops and implements projects that maintain and enhance the ecology and beauty of the Pass and improve the recreational opportunities that are available to people of all ages. The Foundation is led by a 14-member volunteer Board of Directors and an executive director.

Since its founding in 1989, IPF's many donors, volunteers and contractors have continued to support us with their time, their expertise and their dollars. IPF is truly the beneficiary of the community's caring for Independence Pass. We are honored to represent all who love the Pass in our everyday work.



Winter Gate Restoration--Before

The winter closure area five miles east of Aspen, a popular jumping-off point for skiing, snowshoeing and dog walking when the Pass is closed to cars, got a big facelift this summer. In partnership with its contractor Natural Aspen and landscape architects Bluegreen, IPF scraped the existing weed-infested berm to the north of the parking area and replaced it with a stacked rock wall using boulders from the surrounding slopes. The wall & berm, which will be planted next spring with native trees, grasses & shrubs, blocks the view into CDOT’s dump & staging area, delineates the parking area, and creates an attractive gateway to Independence Pass. This winter IPF will fundraise to complete the project, which will include a kiosk for travel information, replacement of the existing, dilapidated closure gate with a sturdier, more attractive one, and repaving of the parking area. If you are interested in supporting this effort please contact Karin Teague at director@independencepass.org or 970-274-9690



Winter Gate Restoration--After

A copy of our federal tax return form 990 is available for public inspection at www.guidestar.org.


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