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.
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This remote Colorado mountain getaway is 45 minutes Southwest of Denver near Bailey. Multiple decks, hot tub with mountain views, easy access to trailheads in Mount Evans Wilderness Area. Great Fishing.
Nestled in the Platte Canyon, close to the city, in the heart of the mountains on Highway 285 southwest of Bailey. Comfortable two-room suites with fireplaces. Heated swimming pool.
Nestled in the foothills outside of Denver in beautiful Conifer Colorado, our guided horseback rides are peaceful & secluded through beautiful pine forest, rock outcroppings & aspen trees. We love birthdays!
FISH 12 MONTHS A YEAR along the North Fork of the South Platte River. Shawnee is only 50 miles from Denver on Highway 285 (less traffic than 1-70). All trips are guided by professional licensed guides.
Cabins and Tent Camping in the mountains near Bailey and Grant. When you stay here you are directly helping seriously ill and disabled children! Colorado's Childhood Cancer and Disabilities Camp, Inc.
A 450-acre haven of alpine forests, bubbling creeks & open meadows in Conifer. Camping, camper cabins, trails, lodge space, ropes course, disc golf, playground. Enjoy retreats, reunions, weddings.
Log cabin with fabulous views of Rocky Mountains near Bailey, 45 minutes SW of Denver off Highway 28. Enjoy great fishing, outdoor hot tub & WI-FI. A wood burning stove heats the cabin for romantic evenings.
Looking for an escape? Need a place to relax? Just minutes from Denver, Lynwood Park awaits. From a family reunion to a quite weekend for two our vacations homes are along the South Platte River in Bailey.
The 3,800 acre park near Pine CO off Highway 285; opened in 2013 for picnicking, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, photography, geo-caching with multi-use trails and hiker-only trails.
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Bailey & Pine Area Activities and Maps
National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Lost Creek Scenic Area
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway
The Colorado Trail