Trip Planner:   USA  /  Colorado  /  Georgetown  /  Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass, Georgetown

4.8
#3 of 13 in Things to do in Georgetown
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 provides a link between Interstate 70 to the north and U.S. Highway 285 to the south.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 The road is no longer maintained in the winter and expect closure after the first heavy snow in the winter.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.At the summit of the pass, hiking trails lead east to Mount Bierstadt among other places.
Make Guanella Pass a centerpiece of your Georgetown vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Georgetown route tool .
Source
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Guanella Pass
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Guanella Pass Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
265 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • This is one of those perfect spots. Beautiful. Easy access. Wonderful hiking or just a good drive to end and then coming back  more »
  • We had a wonderful drive over Guanella Pass. We stopped numerous times to take pictures of the wildflowers. Would recommend the trip.  more »
  • This was a great drive! The kids were able to play in the snow and we had amazing views of Mount Bierstadt. We also saw mule deer and mountain sheep. Truly amazing drive!  more »
Google
  • This is a fun drive and great hiking stops along the way. It can get pretty busy with tourists so early, late or cooler weather days is best to avoid the crowds.
  • An awesome drive/hike, albeit one with lots of people. The views of Bierstadt and the Sawtooth are amazing. If you have the time, come here after dark - the star gazing is amazing.
  • Five stars for beauty, took two stars off for the crowds. If you have a 4x4 you can kind of escape the crowds, but good luck. Weekends are nearly unbearable.
  • Beautiful driveable mountain pass with great views.
  • Guanella has awesome disperse camping and great views all right on the river. Love seeing the stars here and tons of shooting stars. Nice hikes all around just start walking you won't be disappointed.

Plan your trip to Georgetown

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Guanella Pass by other users

4 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Breckenridge BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Estes Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Raleigh & Colorado`s Front Range BY A USER FROM ITALY October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Estes Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, relaxing, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Denver & Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Vail BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans