Guanella Pass Campground is located about 7 miles south of Georgetown on the South Fork of Clear Creek on the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway. Located at an elevation of 10,900 feet on the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, visitors to the campground can also enjoy hiking and fishing in the area.
The Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway follows an old wagon route that linked the mining towns of Georgetown and Grant, Colorado.
Visitors can go trout fishing on the South Fork of Clear Creek. Silver Dollar Lake is nearby, but cannot be reached by car. Instead, the Silver Dollar Lake Trail leads hikers above treeline to the scenic lake.
The campground is split into two loops by the county road and South Clear Creek. There are 18 sites in the campground. Eleven are suitable for RV camping and seven are more suitable for tents. Large RVs are not recommended on the byway. Most of the sites are in the open with some tent sites located among some spruce trees. Each site has a tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and charcoal grill. The roads through the campground are gravel. This facility provides hand pumps with potable water, vault toilets and trash dumpsters.
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland sit along the foothills and Rockies of Colorado. The forests and grassland cover 1.5 million acres and extend north to the Wyoming border, south to Mount Evans and west across the Continental Divide.
The area includes mountains, lakes and five scenic byways, designated by Congress for their scenery, wildlife or history, including the highest road in North America. Mount Evans Road, also known as Colorado Highway 5, allows visitors to drive from 10,500' to 14,130' above sea level in just 14 miles.
Visitors enjoy touring historic Georgetown, a former mining town of about 1,000 residents. Additional ghost towns dot the region.
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Very lovely area to camp. Camping areas are not so far out that you feel lost in the woods, camping amongst others at a good enough distance to feel safe in the area you are in. Just a short hike either way and you're by the river.
Many dispersed camping sites. So No facilities. Lots of trees. Some spots right by river! Absolutely beautiful! Can sometimes be crowded. Road can be treacherous and hurt my car. Lots of construction going on Guanella pass and Clear Lake Campground this year. Clear Creek closed for 2019.
pick one of the sites with the stream running beside it, it’s way worth it!!!
This site has been officially closed due to overuse and understaffing. Great campsite when it isn't closed and one of my favorites in Colorado.
Beautiful, open, primitive sites with a water feature
This is a great place right off the interstate and through a cute little town! Close hikes near by including one of Colorado’s 14ers.
we did some dispersed camping. it was quiet, serene, and gorgeous. The temperature dropped a bit more than we anticipated but stuck it out. I can't wait for it to warm up some more to try it again.
Guanella pass was my families favorite place to camp for years. We finally had to stop going due to the road through the campground was rotted out due to water and drainage. You almost needed a four wheel drive just to drive through the campground. We stayed in our trailer in site 17 and then in tent sites 11 and 12 which were down by the river. If they ever fix the road we will be back.
I would definitely recommend camping here if you're looking to camp somewhat close to Denver. There are a lot of dispersed sites to choose from while driving Guanella Pass that I was able to be picky. I found an excellent spot right along the creek with a mountain view. Everything about the campsite was serene and it was the perfect setting to throw back some beers and build a fire. The only reason I did not give this area 5 stars is because the sites are close to the road. There wasn't much traffic that I could hear, I just enjoy letting my dog off-leash and was too nervous to do so. Most of the dispersed areas start after the first actual "campsite" and have little pull-offs for your car. I saw sites with 4 cars and multiple tents and others with just one car and one tent, this area has a site for all. Hope this helps someone decide to camp here, enjoy!!!!
Guanella pass has great dispersed camping near Denver. There's a few sites beside the road but those fill up quickly. If you've got a high clearance 4x4 vehicle, turn onto Leavenworth Creek Rd (352) from Guanella Pass. Drive about 3 miles and you'll be in a valley. There's a road you can turn left on in the valley that goes through the creek. After you drive through the creek the road goes up and there are some switchbacks. There are multiple dispersed campsites back there with fire rings. Overall, awesome dispersed camping and 4x4 roads. We saw a moose!