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South Park from Georgia Pass
South Park from Georgia Pass

Highlights:

  • Fall ColorsGuanella Pass | Kenosha Pass | Weston Pass
  • FlowersTrain RelicsBoreas Pass
  • WildlifeGeorgia Pass
  • Scenic vistasAll of these passes have terrific vistas!

Guanella Pass | Grant

A Scenic and National Forest Byway Scenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Fall foliage along the Guanella Pass road.

How to get there:

US-285 south to the small town of Grant.

  • From C470/US 285 to CR 62
  • 39 miles 50 mins
  • GPS
  • Guanella Pass Rd
  • 39.4598 -105.6632

In General: CampgroundHikingFishing Available Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 22 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour

This route travels over Guanella Pass (11,700 ft) and ends at I-70 in Georgetown and is suitable for 2wd vehicles. Much of it is paved. There is a short and easy hike at the overlook that goes to the pass itself.

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Kenosha Pass

Well known for fall color.

Aspen grove on Kenosha Pass

How to get there:

The pass is on US 285 southwest of Denver.

  • From C470/US 285 to the rest area
  • 47 miles 1 hr
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 39.4039 -105.7548

In General:Campground

Scenic/Rest Area on US285. Kenosha CG nearby.

Photo Ops:VistasFall ColorsHiking4wd vehicle with low range required

Aspen covered hillsides and great vistas overlooking South Park. There are trails and some roads in the area to explore.

Georgia Pass

Moose may be found on the eastern slope.

Moose and yearling on Georgia Pass.

How to get there:

US-285 south to the small town of Jefferson.

  • From C470/US285 to Jefferson
  • 51 miles 1 hr 5 mins
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 39.3106 -105.8865

In General:4wd high clearance vehicle required4wd vehicle with low range required

  • Length: 12 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 45 mins

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Boreas Pass

From Como to Breckenridge

Snowy mountain vista from the Boreas Pass road.

How to get there:

US-285 south to the small town of Como. Ends in Breckenridge.

  • From C470/US285 to Como
  • 57 miles 1 hr 10 mins
  • GPS
  • US285/CR33
  • 39.3104 -105.8864

In General:4wd high clearance vehicle required

  • Length: 21 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour 15 mins

Follows the former Denver, South Park, and Pacific Railroad route from Como to Breckenridge. In good conditions, a passenger car can travel this road without any issues.

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Weston Pass

Nice vistas and good fall foliage.

Aspens near the atart of the Weston Pass road, Colorado.

How to get there:

US 285 south to CR 5, 4.7 miles south of SH 9 in Fairplay.

  • From C470/US 285 to CR 5
  • 71 miles 1 hr 30 mins
  • GPS
  • US285/CR5
  • 39.1537 -105.9992

In General:4wd high clearance vehicle required

  • Length: 27 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour 30 mins

The road to Weston Pass (11,921 ft) in good conditions, is generally passable to 2wd vehicles, although there are a few rocks which make high clearance desirable.

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