A sure sign of the coming of summer appeared around noon today, when the scenic Independence Pass section of Highway 82 opened for the season. Visitors can now access Aspen from two directions when driving into town. If you haven't driven over the Pass before, the scenery is unforgettable, with 360-degree views of the mountains at the top. We recommend driving over during the day so you can take some pictures (while pulled over, of course!).