Welcome to the Independence Pass Foundation

Independence Pass/Highway 82 is OPEN for the season!

Or contact Karin Teague,
Executive Director, 970.274.9690

Krummholz on Mt. Schimer, aka Sunshine Peak, photo Karin Teague

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.

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


The steep slopes along the “Top Cut” of Independence Pass are healthier and more beautiful every year thanks to the efforts of the Independence Pass Foundation and the generosity of its donors. The Top Cut is the one- and one-half mile stretch of roadway just below the summit on the western side. IPF began installing compost blankets to revegetate the steep hillsides below the Top Cut in 2004, and completed the last of these massive projects in 2013. The results are evident in the green and grassy slopes that have transformed what was formerly bare rock and eroding soil.

Opening Day, May 26, 2016, photo tender bastard

Click here to view the IPF video 2016 Ski For the Pass Photos Download Our 2015 Annual Report 2016 Ride for the Pass Results