Situated at 8,658 feet, Guffey is hidden away in the middle of Colorado tucked away less than a mile off CO Highway 9. It’s a census-designated place (CDP) with a population of 98 in 2010.
There is a Guffey post Office operating in town with a zip code of 80820. It’s the southern most town in Park County, located about 30 minutes by car from Hartsel. Although tiny in size, there are a few commercial businesses in town, including two restaurant and a saloon.
Guffey’s heyday was between 1895 and 1902 when it was part of the Freshwater mining district. It boasted more than 40 businesses and 500 residents. There was also cattle ranching and lumber contributing to the economy.
In 1907 Colorado’s largest recorded meteorite landing was found close to Guffey. The 309 kilogram space rock was discovered by a couple of cowboys. Today it resides in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, with a slice of it in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Guffey Gorge – Popular swimming hole frequented from mid May to mid September. There is a day use fee to park your vehicle. There is no camping permitted at Paradise Cove. Pets are welcome but only on leash. Look for the parking lot on County Road 102. It’s a 1/2 mile uphill hike to reach the cove. Go during the weekday for less crowds.
Recreation is easy to come by. Cripple Creek and its fabulous casinos and mining relics are just over the hill. Royal Gorge and its awe-inspiring canyon and bridge are just down the hill. Both less than 45 minutes drive.
Biking – Bicyclists will have quick access to the Adventure Cycling Association’s Trans-America Bicycle Trail, which less than a mile away.
Camping – The South Park region features plenty of great campgrounds, with several lakeside sites, at either Antero Reservoir or Eleven Mile Reservoir.
Read about the Camping near Fairplay, around South Park.
Read about the Camping near Lake George, around Eleven Mile Reservoir.
There are several choices for overnight accommodations in Guffey. In addition to ample nearby camping opportunities, you can stay in modern log cabin vacation rentals, as well as rustic 1800s cabins, which are so primitive they have no running water. Instead they offer water bottles for drinking nad washing.
For home cooked meals stop by the Rolling Thunder Cloud Café on Canon Street. They serve a myriad of delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, including many from the outdoor smoker. Inside they have a small shop with local arts and crafts, ranging from jewelry and blown glass to walking sticks and hunting knives.
Aug – People’s Choice Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show – 6th annual auto show hosted by the Rolling Thunder Cloud Cafe, held in late August.
Activities near Guffey
- Cañon City (32mi)
- Cripple Creek (27mi)
- Florissant (25mi)
- Hartsel (27mi)
- Lake George (25mi)
- Penrose (44mi)
- Texas Creek (42mi)
- Victor (32mi)
View the town’s official website.