Near Aspen in Pitkin County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Independence Pass Foundation
The Independence Pass Foundation (IPF) was founded in 1989 by Aspen teacher and biologist Bob Lewis (1921-2005). IPF is a tax-exempt nonprofit that is supported entirely by grants and private donations.
IPF's mission is to promote and protect the ecological, historical and aesthetic integrity of the Independence Pass corridor. Work includes revegetation, recreational improvements, slope stabilization, education, and safety projects.
For more information on IPF and to donate to projects on the Pass, visit www.independencepass.org.
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Every year, IPF undertakes a variety of projects that restore natural beauty while improving both the recreational and travel experience on the Pass. We are indebted to all of the agencies and groups that provide invaluable assistance to this work.
Completed projects are marked with a red star. For more information about the projects, visit independencepass.org.
Photos, top row, left to right: The view from the ridge north of the Pass shows Grizzly Peak on the horizon. 5th and
Photos, bottom rows, left to right: Hikers enjoy the abové-timberline descent from Blue Peak Pass. Bob Lewis (1921-2005) was an Aspen Biology teacher, an environmental activist and the founder of the Independence Pass Foundation. Volunteers help revegetate the Weller Cut, IPF's first major project, in 1991. Hydroseeding helps re-establish native grasses on rebuilt slopes
Erected by Independence Pass Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 39° 7.318′ N, 106° 34.888′ W. Marker is near Aspen, Colorado, in Pitkin County. Marker is on Colorado 82, on the left when traveling west. Marker is approximately 14 miles east of Aspen, in the White River National Forest. The road is closed October-May. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aspen CO 81611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Restoring the "Top Cut" (a few steps from this marker); Early Travel Over the Pass (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Continental Divide (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Environment (approx. 1.3 miles away); Welcome to the Ghost Town of Independence (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to the Ghost Town of Independence (approx. 1.6 miles away); Independence Townsite (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tent City (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aspen.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.