September 5 October 3 Mark Fuller and Jim Kravitz The Independence Pass corridor is familiar to most local residents and to many summer visitors as a gateway and a playground but how much do you really know about the natural and human history of the Pass? The Independence Pass Foundation and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies are hosting a one-day field trip and exploration to reveal the secrets of Independence Pass to anyone with an interest in the fascinating ecology and history of Aspen’s backyard. Starting at the 12,095′ summit of the Pass, this trip will explore the alpine tundra, examine the erosion control projects of the Independence Pass Foundation, investigate the history of the Independence Ghost Town, and experience the geologic wonder of the Grottos ice caves. One day of exploration will make you an expert in the stories behind Aspen’s eastern window on the world. www.aspennature.org/programs/my-independence-september?pid=214
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