Bailey & Pine Area - North Central 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.
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.
Featured Bailey & Pine Area Businesses
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.
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!
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.
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).
Log cabin in the Rocky Mountains 45 miles of Denver off Highway 285 near Bailey. Enjoy fishing along Elk Creek, outdoor hot tub, watch for deer. A wood burning stove heats the cabin for romantic evenings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Bailey & Pine Area Activities and Maps
National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Lost Creek Scenic Area
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
The Colorado Trail