Heading up Independence Pass on opening day, May 26, 2006. The bottom of the pass starts at about the 7,800 ft. level.
The shelf-like highway without a guard rail on the east approach to Independence Pass.
One of the many hairpin turns on the east approach.
Heading up the pass which is closed during the winter months.
Still lots of snow at the top. The sun is very bright and warm.
The small parking lot at the summit is partially covered with snow.
Warnings like this were seen at the bottom and top of the pass.
Heading down the west side of Independence Pass, toward Aspen.
The snow is tries to cover the highway one last time.
This water, on the west side of the Continental Divide, is heading toward the Pacific Ocean.
Reached the bottom the pass on the west side, turned around and heading back to the top, then back home. Join MINI5280 this August 10-13 for MINIs In The Mountains (www.NorthAmericanMotoring.com).