Guanella Pass Information 

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 A former burro trail, the now-paved Guanella Pass scenic byway is 22 miles and climbs to timberline, taking in spectacular views of Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans and the alpine tundra before descending into cool groves of aspen and pine that light up with brilliant golden hues come autumn.

For more information on camping, trails, travel tips and other activities in the area, please visit these sites:


Guanella Pass Winter Closure

As scheduled in the past, the county will close Guanella Pass Road at the Naylor Lake intersection, approximately 0.8 mile north of the Guanella Pass summit on or about Monday, November 27, 2023, weather permitting.

To provide winter maintenance on the Guanella Pass Road is very costly for Clear Creek and Park Counties and requires unavailable resources. We will maintain Guanella Pass Road on a first day service to Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Plant and then on a second/third day basis to the Naylor Lake intersection after a snowfall.

It is our hope the Guanella Pass Road will reopen on or about Friday, May 27, 2024.


Camping and Day Trip Activities During Winter Months (Nov.-May)

There are also first come, first served camping spots at Leavenworth Creek Road (two miles up from the Georgetown side). It is important to note that this road requires a high-clearance vehicle to access these camping spots (approximately 10 spots- open in summer months too).

Multiple day trips can be enjoyed by auto-tourists. These include:

-Flat, scenic trail hikes at Silver Dale (1.5 miles up from Georgetown) with views of the South Fork Clear Creek, and Leavenworth Creek. Perfect location for autumn photos!

-Leavenworth Creek Road (2 miles up from Georgetown) which has hiking, biking, 4-wheeling, and more up to Pavilion Point or the old Waldorf Townsite. Requires a high-clearance vehicle.

-Clear Lake (6 miles up from Georgetown) which has picnicking, walking trail around the lake, and fishing.

-Naylor Lake/Silver Dollar Lake Trails (11 miles up from Georgetown) which has hiking, biking, scenic vistas, and high-altitude lakes.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact our office: 303-679-2312 or by email at: