Over the years, congress has been responsible for designating areas unique for the special characteristics and the opportunities they offer. Within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, there are a number of places that meet this criteria. Along with our ten Wilderness areas, there is also the Cache la Poudre Wild and Scenic River and the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA). The forest also has the Mount Evans Recreation Area and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.
Explore Colorado's flora and fauna at its best. Start your tour at the historic silver mining town of Georgetown. Here, Guanella Pass zigzags up the mountainside. Observe mule deer grazing in small meadows and big horn sheep butting heads to show their dominance.The paved road turns into a well-traveled dirt road traveling south closer to the town of Grant as you pass through spruce, lodgepole pine and aspen forests. A sparkling creek snakes its way along the road with trout playing in the water. As the road climbs its way up the 11,700-foot pass, the forest is full of willows and miniature alpine wildflowers. Several adventurous hiking trails branch out from this byway, offering both summer and winter recreational opportunities. The Mount Evans Wilderness borders the whole east side of the road. Only foot traffic is allowed in the wilderness and all dogs must be on a leash. Descending down the south side of this winding road, Guanella Pass brings you back to civilization at the town of Grant. Here the byway and Highway 285 intersect.