Guanella Pass

A Scenic and National Forest Byway Scenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Fall foliage on Guanella Pass

How to get there:

Parking area on east side of SH91 about 6 miles south of Copper Mountain.

  • From I-70/C470 to exit 228 – Georgetown
  • 32 miles 35 mins
  • GPS
  • exit 228
  • 39.7154
  • -105.6971

In General:CampgroundFishing Available Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 25 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour

This route travels over Guanella Pass (11,700 ft) and ends at US-285 in Grant and is suitable for 2wd vehicles. Recently paved. There is a short and easy hike at the overlook that goes to the pass itself.

Photo Ops:VistasFall ColorsWildlife4wd vehicle with low range requiredHiking

The lower elevations are green and wet, thick stands of spruce, fir, aspen, and pine rising along cascading creeks. Higher up, the streams snake through broad meadows with beaver ponds and wildlife photo ops. Some nice vistas on the north end looking down the canyon and a nice overlook of the city of Georgetown. Terrific fall foliage.

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