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Guanella Pass, Georgetown

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Guanella Pass is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, US.The pass is located in southwestern Clear Creek County, in the Front Range west of Denver and south of Georgetown. The pass was named for Byron Guanella in 1953. Guanella was a road supervisor and commissioner in Clear Creek County for nearly 50 years.The pass provides a route between Georgetown in the valley of Clear Creek to the north and Grant in the valley of Geneva Creek, a tributary of the North Fork South Platte River, to the south. The pass is traversed by the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway. The road normally provided a link between Interstate 70 to the north and U.S. Highway 285 to the south, but after Aug. 21, 2009 an unstable hillside closed the road to through access just below the Cabin Creek Campground This closure has since been cleared and the pass is fully available to traffic. As of 09/03/2011 the Georgetown access to the pass is open through the pass and the road, drainage, slide security and accident prevention measures are completed.The entire route from Georgetown to U.S. Highway 285 is paved. The road is no longer maintained in the winter and expect closure after the first heavy snow in the winter. There is a parking area at the closure gate on the Georgetown side of the pass to allow access to the pass by foot or snowmobile during the winter.
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  • I recommend this place to drive around and take some pictures the scenery very beautiful specially when starts to snow and there is not many cars around enjoy the place highly recommended  more »
  • If you want to experience the true essence of the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, don't miss this drive. It's a must see!  more »
  • Want to see what the Rocky Mountains are all about? Short drive from Denver and fall foliage that you just have to see to believe.  more »
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  • This pass is absolutely amazing!!! We were happy to be there at the beginning of June and I honestly consider it the most beautiful place in US so far! The road is extremely beautiful! Absolutely the most scenic and picturesque I've seen so far!! Forest, lakes, animals, views, snow, streams and waterfalls!! What else can you possibly need!! Campgrounds or cabins to spend there more time - you got it!! I'm sorry I've had a chance to be there only overnight and a few hours in the morning. But it still was enough to fall in love with this place!
  • This is such a beautiful area of Colorado. There are many camping spots and the pass travels by the river for many miles. Don't miss this beauty while in Colorado, guaranteed to amaze!
  • A great drive to see the fall colors. Aspen leaves will turn yellow, red and orange.
  • Great views of the West side of My Evans
  • Great road trip

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