Guanella Pass Information

Guanella Pass Road Seasonal Opening and Closing Information

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Guanella Pass Road is open for the 2020 Summer Season

The Guanella Pass Road generally opens the Friday before Memorial Day and closes the Monday after Thanksgiving each year.  It is important to note that dispersed camping along Guanella Pass Road is not allowed.  Only camping in identified location is allowed.

Opportunities on Guanella Pass:

Coming from the Georgetown/I-70 side of the pass:

1.5 miles from town is a non-motorized recreation area called Silver Dale.  The area offers relatively flat hiking/biking trails, mining remnants and scenic views of the area.  This area is day use only and no camping, campfires or recreational sport shooting are allowed.  Trail maps are available at the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center adjacent the Georgetown exit off of I-70.

2 miles from town is a four-wheel-drive, high clearance recreation area for motorized and non-motorized recreation.  The area offers camping spots (first come-first served), several hiking trails, and OHV-Jeep roads.  Please note any fire ban notices prior to camping in the area.  Trail maps are available at the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center adjacent the Georgetown exit off of I-70.

Clear Lake (USFS) recreation area is about six miles from downtown Georgetown.   This area offers a Forest Service campground (first come-first served) a day use picnic area, fishing, and hiking/biking.  

Guanella Campground is about 8 miles from downtown Georgetown.  This area offers a Forest Service campground (first come-first served) and accessibility to nearby hiking/biking trails.  

Naylor Lake/Silver Dollar Lake:  This area offers hiking, biking, scenic views of the Continental Divide and high altitude lake environments.  Trail maps are available at the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center adjacent the Georgetown exit off of I-70. Please respect private property boundaries as there are some private claims in the area. 

Guanella Pass Summit:  This area is approximately 12 miles up from Georgetown and 12 miles up from the community of Grant off of Hwy 285 in Park County.  This area offers non-motorized trailhead access to the USFS Bierstadt Trail (14-er in elevation) and Square Tops Lakes (13k+ elevation).  Both trails offer stunning scenic views of the Continental Divide Trail and surrounding areas.

Check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2300, ext. 2 for updates.