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Independence Pass is closed for the season
and will reopen on or about May 22, 2015.

For the latest information on road closures and conditions, go to http://www.cotrip.org/

New Executive Director
Joins IPF

Karin Teague has joined the Independence Pass Foundation as its new Executive Director. An outdoor adventure and nature writer and former environmental attorney, Karin has worked with numerous Roaring Fork Valley conservation nonprofit organizations. She brings with her a passion for the alpine environment, its flora and fauna, and the educational and recreational opportunities it offers the public.

Teague succeeds Mark Fuller, who guided IPF through nearly two decades of accomplishments on the Pass. Chief among these were the successful stabilization and revegetation of the eroding slopes above and below the road near the summit of the Pass. Stopping the erosion and revegetating the barren slopes were essential to preserving the health of the Roaring Fork River headwaters.

During Fuller’s tenure, IPF also removed several tons of abandoned metal snow fences and associated debris from the summit area, planted over 29,000 native trees, and built and restored trails and signage at places such as the Braille Trail and the Independence Ghost Town. In partnership with many government and nonprofit organizations, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, IPF carried out dozens of planting and improvements projects throughout the Pass corridor between Aspen and Twin Lakes.

Teague looks forward to carrying on the legacy of Aspen educator and environmental icon Bob Lewis. Bob founded IPF in 1989 with the dream of restoring the Pass to its pre-highway construction beauty and ecological health. Designated a National Scenic Byway in 2009, the Independence Pass corridor crosses the Continental Divide at over 12,000 feet and is the highest paved pass in the country. As such, the Pass is enjoyed by thousands of visitors and locals alike for its unparalleled alpine access, endless hiking and biking, fishing, swimming, rich mining history, rock climbing, abundant wildflowers, dazzling fall colors, and majestic peaks.

“The Pass is a national treasure that we are extraordinarily lucky and privileged to call our backyard,” said Teague. “I consider it the privilege of a lifetime to take on the stewardship of this magnificent landscape and to share its inspiring natural and human history.”  

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”   —  John Muir

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2013 Ride for the Pass Results

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Or contact Karin Teague,
Executive Director, 970.274.9690
karin@teaguearch.com

2015 Ski for the Pass Results

         
21st ANNUAL
RIDE FOR THE PASS

IPF & ACES Offer Birding Adventures on the Pass

IPF will partner with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) to offer two birding classes on Independence Pass this summer. The Birds of Independence Pass classes will be held Thursday, June 18, 6:30 am-2:30 pm, and Thursday, July 16, 7 am-3 pm, and will be led by longtime ACES naturalist Rebecca Weiss and IPF former Executive Director Mark Fuller. Classes will travel from North Star Preserve east of Aspen to the Independence Pass summit, with stops along the way to look for many bird species that are found in the Pass’ various habitats. For more information or to sign up for classes, visit the ACES website, https://www.aspennature.org/learn/programs/birding-independence-pass-june or https://www.aspennature.org/learn/programs/birding-independence-pass-july.

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 an 11-member volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by three part-time consultants—an executive director, development director and bookkeeper. 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.