Guanella Pass is a remarkable drive between two major highways. This national scenic byway connects I-70, to the north, with Highway 285, to the south.
Camping and hiking are the main activities on the byway. Mount Bierstadt (14,065′) is one of the easier 14’ers in the state to hike and is accessible from the Summit Area of the pass. The three mile trail to the top takes 3 to 6 hours roundtrip. Mt Evans is another 14’er with a trail from the pass. You can also drive up Mt Evans.
There are four campgrounds on Guanella Pass, as well as lots of dispersed camping. Two campgrounds inhabit the Georgetown side and two reside on the Grant side.
- Clear Lake CG – Closest to Georgetown, 8 sites, non-reservable
- Guanella Pass CG – Just past Clear Lake CG, 18 sites, Reservations
- Geneva Park CG – Grant side, 26 sites, Reservations
- Burning Bear CG – Near Grant, 13 sites, Reservations
- Dispersed camping is available just after Clear Lake Campground (about 10 minutes outside of Georgetown). There plenty of spots directly off the road, throughout the byway, except the summit area.
The pass is open year round, weather permitting. It does close in the winter sometimes. The 22 mile, 2WD route takes about an hour and is fine for all cars. Take Guanella Pass Road out of either Georgetown’s historic district or in Grant on Highway 285.