Guanella Pass Scenic Byway


Overview map the Mount Evans Wilderness

Overview map the Mount Evans Wilderness.


The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, can be accessed from either Grant or Georgetown.

The south side of the Byway is located on the Pike National Forest/South Platte Ranger District and provides access to several hiking trails: Geneva Creek Trail (#697), Whiteside Trail (#697.A), Threemile Trail (#635), Burning Bear Trail (#601), Abyss Lake Trail (#602) South Park Trail (#600), Rosalie Trail (#603) and Bierstadt Trail (#711).

There is also a short interpretive trail with a good viewpoint at the Guanella Pass summit.  This is accessed from the west end of the upper/west parking area.

Developed campgrounds include Burning Bear and Geneva Park. 

The north side of the byway is located on the Arapaho National Forest/Clear Creek Ranger District and provides access to hiking trails including Silver Dale Townsite Historic District, and Silver Dollar Lake Trail (#79). 

Developed campgrounds include Clear Lake and Guanella Pass.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • The Guanella Pass summit normally opens by Memorial Day and closes by Thanksgiving Day annually (weather/conditions dependent).  The Guanella Pass Road information line at 303-679-2422, ext. 2, is available for updates.
  • The southern winter closure point, is located 7 miles north of Grant, CO at the junction of NFSR 119/Geneva Creek Road. The northern winter closure point, is located 8.5 miles south of Georgetown, CO at the junction of NFSR 243.3D/Naylor Lake Road.
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Parking and camping in designated sites only.
Closest Towns: Grant, Georgetown
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:
  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans
  • Pike National Forest
  • Arapaho National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information


1) Drive west from Denver on US Hwy 285 for approximately 40 miles to Grant. Turn right on to Park County Route 62. Drive north 13.5 miles to Guanella Pass.

2) Drive west from Denver on Interstate 70. Exit at Georgetown.  Follow Clear Creek County Route 381 south 11 miles to Guanella Pass.

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8,605' - 11,669'