Bailey & Pine Area - North Central Colorado

Includes Conifer, Grant, Pine, Shawnee


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 Pas... 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.

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. Heated swimming pool & fishing.

motels Scenic Byways Fishing Winter Lodging 

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

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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.

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Boxwood Gulch Ranch  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 from Denver on Hwy 285 (less traffic than I-70).


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 wood burning stove heats the cabin for romantic evenings.

cabins Pets Welcome Fishing More fun things to do 

Lost Creek Guest Ranch  link to Colorado vacation
Cabin Camping in the mountains near Bailey and Grant, Colorado. Enjoy lazy days at Lost Creek Guest Ranch with horseback riding and fishing. Close to Staunton State Park for great nature hikes.


Lynwood Park  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.

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Rainbow Trout Ranch and Campground  link to Colorado vacation
Private ranch ponds, teach your kids the sport of fishing, cast and catch! A relaxing day of hassle-free trout angling. Rainbow Campground planned 2016 campsites SW of Denver, off Hwy 285 near Conifer.

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts 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

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

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