Guanella Pass Scenic Byway

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 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.


  • From I-70: Take the Georgetown exit. Following the signs of Guanella Pass through the town.
  • From Hwy 285: Drive through Grant and head north through Guanella Pass.

The Guanella Pass Road is open for the season, weather permitting,

Please expect delays for the final phase of road construction from Colorado Highway 285 at Grant north 9.5 miles to Duck Lake.

Guanella Pass road (Park County 62) will be CLOSED to the public from 8-11 am and from 1-3 pm, M-F and 30 min delays outside the closure time. 

For additional information, please visit Clear Creek County website, where information will be updated as the situation continues.

Please check out the forest roads status page.

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