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Bailey & Pine Area - North Central Colorado

Includes Conifer, Grant, Pine, Shawnee

Experience Bailey, Conifer, Grant, Pine, and Shawnee, Colorado

Surrounded by Pike National Forest, Bailey is just 45 miles southwest of Denver. This mountain hideaway is near all the amenities of Denver. At an altitude of 7,750 feet, it is an excellent area for hunting and fishing. A herd of about 200 bighorn sheep live in the mountains around Bailey. Recently designated one of Colorado's most scenic and historic mountain passes the 23-mile Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway is one of the premier places to view the turning of the aspen in Autumn. Maintained all year round, Guanella Pass ascends to an elevation of 11,669 feet, and is suitable for passenger vehicles, bike riding or hiking, though large RVs are not recommended on this mountain byway.

Jim Rowe holding up a caught fish near Fort Collins, Colorado
Jim Rowe is near Shawnee, CO along the North Fork of the South Platte River
The road coming down Guanella Pass in the Bailey and Pine area of Colorado
Guanella Pass is a 23 Mile Historic and Scenic Mountain Pass... Not to Be Missed in the Fall
 

In 1864 William L. Bailey settled in the area, 14 years before the railroad arrived. In 1873, former Governor John Evens organized the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad to tap the bountiful supply of timber in the Platte Canyon area. An extensive network of old logging roads and connecting trails in the area provides a diversity of mountain bike riding options. The small community of Shawnee west of Bailey is the site of an early stage stop on the Denver-Leadville Stage line during the 1860s.

Horses from Bear Mountain Stables in the Bailey and Pine area of Colorado offer horseback rides into the Pike National Forest, Photo by Bear Mountain Stables
Explore Pike National Forest by Horseback
 

McGraw Memorial Park in Bailey is home to several historic structures and unusual artifacts. Built by William Bailey in 1864, the Entriken Cabin has been nominated for inclusion in the Colorado Register of Historic Buildings. Built in 1899 near the town of Shawnee, the Shawnee Schoolhouse moved to its present site in 1984.

Bailey & Pine Area is near: Denver Metro Area, Denver Mountain Area & Park County

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Featured Bailey & Pine Area Businesses

Bailey Lodge On the South Platte River  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Lodging in the mountains along the river in Platte Canyon, close to Denver. Bailey, CO is on Highway 285. Comfortable two-room lodge-suites with fireplaces, WI-FI, views, fishing. Heated swimming pool.

motels Scenic Byways Fishing Winter Lodging 


Bear Mountain Stables - Private Guided Trail Rides  link to Colorado vacation
Conifer 20 minutes from Denver, Bear Mountain Stables offers guided horseback rides. 6 riders, private, secluded in pine and aspen forest, rock outcroppings. Seasonal Couple's Rides. We love birthdays!

Scenic Byways Horseback Riding 


Beaver Ranch Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
450-acre of mountain forests and meadows, Beaver Ranch Park is 30 minutes from Denver Metro. Enjoy camping, camper cabins, 5th highest-rated disc golf course, trails, bugling elk, outdoor wedding Chapel.

cabins Tent Camping Family Friendly 


Boxwood Gulch Ranch - Private Water Fishing  link to Colorado vacation
FISH 12 MONTHS A YEAR on the North Fork of the South Platte River at Boxwood Gulch. Trips are lead by licensed guides. The Ranch in Shawnee is 50 miles west of Denver on Hwy 285 (less traffic than I70).

Fishing 


Deer Creek Cabin - Secluded Mountain Vacation  link to Colorado vacation
Log cabin in the Rocky Mountains 45 miles from Denver off Hwy 285 near Bailey. Secluded fishing along Elk Creek, outdoor hot tub, watch for deer. A romantic woodburning stove heating. A secluded vacation.

cabins Pets Welcome Fishing More fun things to do 


Lost Creek Guest Ranch - Reunion Destination  link to Colorado vacation
Small gatherings of 50 people or less. Privacy and seclusion with unmatched scenery in the mountains near Bailey and Grant, Colorado. Enjoy lazy days at Lost Creek Guest Ranch: horseback riding, fishing.

Groups and Reunions 


Lynwood Park: Vacation Homes Along the South Platte River  link to Colorado vacation
Looking for an escape? RELAXATION awaits you at Lynwood Park, 50 minutes from Denver in Bailey. From a family reunion to a quite weekend for two, our vacation homes are along the South Platte River.

vacation homes Lodging by water Fishing 


Rainbow Trout Ranch and Campground  link to Colorado vacation
Private stocked ponds and Colorado's newest mountain Campground, Rainbow Trout Ranch, is off Hwy 285 at Elk Creek Road. 4-1/2 miles SW of Conifer. Teach your kids to cast and catch trout at our ponds!

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Family Friendly Fishing 


Staunton State Park  link to Colorado vacation
DAY-USE ONLY PARK, a 3,800 acre State Park near Pine CO off Highway 285. Staunton has multi-use and hiker-only nature trails, rock climb, mountain bike, fish, geo-cache. Picnicking and wildlife viewing.

Fishing More fun things to do 



For more travel information contact:

Bailey & Pine Area Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Lost Creek Scenic Area

Scenic Byways:
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
The Colorado Trail

Fishing:
North Fork South Platte River Fishing Map
South Park Fishing Map -UPDATED-


 
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