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Carbondale, Colorado: Roaring Fork Valley
Driving out of Aspen is less exciting than driving into it, if you’re headed westbound on both occasions. Before you arrive, you’re treated to a journey over Independence Pass, topping out above 12,000 feet. After your departure, you’re driving through the Roaring Fork Valley, and although it provides beautiful scenery and several small towns, it’s just not as thrilling as that high-mountain pass. West of Aspen, you’ll pass by Snowmass, Basalt, El Jabel, and Carbondale. The only stop I made was in Carbondale (photos below the video). You can see the entire drive, and get a good feel for the …