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Guanella Pass, Georgetown

4.9
Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
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 The road is no longer maintained in the winter and expect closure after the first heavy snow in the winter.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.
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  • This was a scenic little drive with a couple good picture spots. We drove through here on our way to Independence pass from Denver. We especially loved the lake  more »
  • beautiful scenic view; nicely paved mountain road; The view from the top of the pass is spectacular; It connects HWY285 at Grant and FWY 70 at George Town.  more »

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