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Guanella Pass

Length: 22 miles
Driving time: 1 hour

For a quick study in Rocky Mountain eco-systems, you could hardly find better instruction than here. This well-settled road leap-frogs the steep divide between the South Platte and Clear Creek watersheds, passing through a succession of distinct environments. The lower elevations are green and wet, thick stands of spruce, fir, aspen, and pine rising along cascading creeks. Higher up, the streams snake through broad meadows, succoring thirsty mammals, nesting birds, and the industrious beaver, The road crests well above timberline, where every spring the grasses and flowers stubbornly renew, and the fragile tundra thaws and blossoms. This old logging and mining area flanked by Mounts Bierstadt and Evans boasts two of the state's best-preserved Victorian towns, Georgetown and Silver Plume.


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Special Considerations

  • Guanella Pass Road is closed at Naylor Lake on the Clear Creek County side and Burning Bear Campground on the Park County side.
  • The Guanella Pass Road information line at 303-679-2422, ext. 2, is available for updates.
 
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Program Contacts
  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    Shumate Building
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Denver, CO 80222

  • Colorado Tourism Office
    1-800-COLORADO
    Visit the website. 
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