Welcome to the Independence Pass Foundation

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/

2014 Ski for the Pass Results

2013 Ride for the Pass Results

Download Our 2013 Annual Report

The Independence Pass Foundation (IPF) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3)] foundation based in Aspen, Colorado (a copy of our federal tax return form 990 is available for public inspection at www.guidestar.org). Working with local, state and federal agencies, IPF develops and implements projects that maintain and enhance the ecology, beauty and safety of Independence Pass. The Foundation is led by a 12-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.


Click here to view the IPF video.

Or contact Judith Olesen, Development Director, 970.230.9223, juditholesen@comcast.net


On September 30, 2014, Aspen Middle School students planted seedling trees and perennial flowers to revegetate the disturbed area around the Weller Lake Trailhead where the old bridge was removed. The annual tree planting projects provide hands-on experience to students and teach important lessons in environmental ethics and stewardship. IPF is very grateful for the students' hard work and the enthusiastic support of their parents, teachers, and school administrators