Alpine meadow at
the top of Guanella Pass
The Guanella Pass road was once a wagon trail road
used by hard-rock miners who worked in mines seeking gold and silver between
the towns of Georgetown and Grant. The highest point along the roadway is
the top of Guanella Pass. This fragile arctic tundra-like area is above
timberline and is an excellent place to explore alpine plants and their
At the top of the pass you may encounter ptarmigan,
large birds that change the color of their feathers from season to season.
You'll likely see mule deer and elk, perhaps big horn sheep, pine marten,
porcupine and a variety of other alpine environment bird species.
There is so much to do along Guanella Pass, the designated
Scenic Byway between Bailey Lodge and Georgetown, that it's hard to know
where to begin describing it all. For hiking, snowshoeing and X-C skiing
there's the popular Scott Gomer Creek trail (FSR 602 and FSR 603) and Duck
Creek PG trail that runs along Geneva Creek (FSR 119) and Burning Bear Trail.
As well, access to the western slope of Mt Bierstadt
and the trail to the top of the mountain is accessed from the Guanella Pass
More Info »
America's Byways - More information about Guanella Pass and the surrounding
Guanella Pass Winter Closure Info - Road construction, rock slide road closure updates