Colorado Scenic Byways Map
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway
Starting in historic Georgetown, this byway travels south to Grant for 22 miles. But don't be fooled, although it's not a long distance, it can take hours to travel this road. The first 10 miles from Georgetown is paved but the remaining 12 miles to Grant is gravel.
Large RVs and vehicles towing trailers should avoid this route. The Pass may be closed during winter for bad weather.
Georgetown offers a glimpse into Colorado's past; once a silver mining mecca, the town has preserved many of its old buildings and converted them to museums. Carriage rides take visitors on a tour of downtown.
The byway travels alongside South Clear Creek and South Platte River where there are various picnic areas to stop for lunch or wait until you get to Grant. Just a little ways south along Highway 285 is the famous Coney Island. Stop in for a hotdog after your trip, you probably deserve it!
Things to do in the area include: the Georgetown Loop Railroad, hot springs in Idaho Springs 13 miles to the north, and trailheads for vacationers to mountain bike, hike, fish, and ATV.
Location: take I-70 west of Denver to Exit 228 in Georgetown; follow signs for Guanella Pass from the Gateway Visitors Center.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
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.
More Activities & Information
Bailey & Pine Area, Colorado includes: Conifer, Grant, Pine, Shawnee
Denver Mountain Area, Colorado includes: Black Hawk, Central City, Empire, Evergreen, Genesee, Georgetown, Golden Mountains, Idaho Springs, Idledale, Morrison