Our Extraordinary Partners

Buena Vista Correctional Facility Work Crew

An unsung bright light in Colorado’s penal system.

Every September IPF works with the inmate work crew to tackle the most demanding jobs on the Pass.  These include trail and bridge construction and maintenance, campground cleanup and restoration, removal by hand of heavy metal and other human debris from difficult-to-reach Wilderness areas, steep slope revegetation, and fence construction and repair.  Our decades-long partnership with the hard working inmate work crew is one of IPF’s proudest accomplishments, and an unsung bright light in Colorado’s penal system.

Roaring Fork Valley schools and youth groups

Every fall kids from elementary through high school plant hundreds of trees throughout the Independence Pass corridor, and in 2016 and 2017 they removed hundreds of pounds of metal debris from the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.  IPF strongly believes that involving our kids in fun and meaningful service projects on the Pass will forever connect them with, and instill a sense of pride and ownership in, their high alpine backyard.

Roaring Fork Valley Non-Profits

Throughout its 29-year history, IPF has partnered with dozens of local non-profits & organizations, including most recently the Aspen Global Change Institute, Jaywalker Lodge, Colorado Mountain College, Wilderness Workshop, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, and YouthZone.  These groups have participated in trail projects, wilderness restoration work, and citizen science initiatives.  Their work has helped protect the ecological integrity and promote understanding of the Independence Pass region.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Year in, year out CDOT’s intrepid plow team gets the road open in late May, clears the road for IPF’s Ride for the Pass, performs road cut stabilization and restoration work, assists IPF on Winter Gate and other environmental and aesthetic improvement projects, and in myriad ways promotes safety on the corridor.

Citizen Volunteers

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Individuals from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond volunteer their time to pull noxious weeds, pick up trash, plant trees, staff IPF events like the Ride and the Ski for the Pass, and generally help take care of this place we all love.

US Forest Service

The agency that manages the National Forest and Wilderness areas on both sides of Highway 82 is IPF’s key partner in identifying priorities and coordinating all projects and events on the Pass.  IPF is indebted to the unsung guardians of our natural heritage from the Leadville and Aspen-Sopris Ranger Districts and is hugely grateful for the support they’ve shown IPF through the years. 


From the beginning, Pitkin County has been a hugely important partner in many of its endeavors: from helping secure grants for and funding the Top Cut work, to providing weed management services and expertise in partnership with the Weed Advisory Board, to monitoring and helping with traffic and safety issues on the Pass, to making annual grants through its Healthy Community Fund for IPF operations. It truly takes a village, and we are fortunate to have Pitkin County as a leader of that village

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Our Donors

Needless to say, IPF wouldn’t exist without the support of our donors, including local governments, philanthropic organizations, businesses, local and national environmental and family foundations, and the hundreds of individuals from all over the country who love the Pass and wish to see it protected for generations to come.  Please see our DONOR page for a complete list of recent donors.