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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We LOVED Guanella Pass Campground! It was surrounded by beauty that was breathtaking! But make sure you bring bug spray. The mosquitoes are out in full force and they're huge!
Other than the mosquitoes, we have no complaints. Our site was near a creek that was fun to explore and the woods all around also held adventure. The campground was very clean and well-kept. The byway is pretty close but you couldn't see or hear much from it because of all the trees and brush and the creek. The wildflowers were gorgeous and the views just stunning.
We have this on our list of places to camp again!
Turned off Guanella Pass and did dispersed camping. Found a great spot near the stream. Saw a moose run along the stream. Loved camping up there! So peaceful and beautiful!
Camp here to hike one of Colorado's most climbed 14ers, Mt. BIERSTADT. This pass can get CROWDED so plan to leave Denver early on a Friday.
Guanella Pass is a great place to pull over and set up your tent if you're hiking off of the pass (Mt. Bierstadt, etc) or are heading through Georgetown and looking for a place to camp for free! In the late summer nights most easily accessible sites will be snagged but you can always park and walk up or down the hill to find a spot. Looking in the dark is tough, try to arrive before nightfall!
There are some excellent trails starting very close to the campground, many going along the continental divide. This is a small campground that will fill up nearly every day since it’s so beautiful here all year. You can reserve in advance; do so if possible. Water and vault toilets are provided, you can buy firewood, and the site is nice and basic. Sites are pretty private thanks to underbrush and the little creek adds a lot to the charm of this campsite.
Whether you've got a 2-person tent or a whole corral, plenty of options here and all with great views. Watch for drainage flow paths during spring so that you don't wake up in a temporary river or mud bog. Other than that enjoy the short drive from denver, fantastic hikes at all skills levels nearby and of course chilling in Georgetown!
I camped here for the night and hiked square top lakes early the next morning. Absolutely beautiful. Highly suggest going around wild flower season.