Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Guanella Pass Scenic Byway

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.

USDA Forest Service
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway is located in Colorado
39.595 N
-105.711 W
Get Directions
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.
5 Reviews of Guanella Pass Scenic Byway
Dispersed Camping Ban

Guanella pass was built with various dispersed camping sites. However, this past winter, city officials banned all dispersed camping.

There are two campgrounds you can use, but if you’re looking for dispersed camping this place is no longer an option.

So sad to see this change. This was my favorite location.

One of my favorite spots we camped at during our Colorado trip!

Limited number of tent sites, which is wonderful, for privacy and enjoying peace and nature! Camp hosts were wonderful.

Great, but get there early!

The perfect spot to camp before climbing Mt Bierstadt! The main two campgrounds by the trailhead, one you hit coming up from Georgetown, the other closer to the trailhead fill up fast.

This year we noticed new signs not allowing car camping that were not there in 2017. It's all good if you hike in 1/4 mile though, there are a couple you can do that, but a lot back up to water. Overall beautiful place and easy drive.

Great pass eat side of the dvide good 4 w

Heeling . Plenty of spots also abandoned mine at the top.

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Dispersed camping right off the road

Easily one of my top favorite areas to camp for the scenery, hiking, and it’s free! There are tons of spots on the right and left side of the road to park and walk your campsite in. It does get a little windy through the Pass and afternoon storm clouds are common: I always bring a tarp for this place just in case. It is very shaded and full of trees wherever you end up. There is also a creek running through some of the sites if you can find them. Get up early and hike Mt Bierstadt or Silver Dollar Lake! Recommendation for dinner would be over the fire or back into town -The margaritas in Georgetown at Lucha are so tasty and the 7 different salsas are a must have app!