Take A Road Trip Through Clear Creek
There’s no better place for a mountain drive near Denver than here. Hop in your car and, in just a few miles, you’ll find yourself in an alpine wonderland of charming small towns, colorful scenery, and must-stop spots prime for relaxing or getting active. Take your road trip today.
Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway
Ride along the highest paved road in the northern hemisphere! Highway 103 is open year round, however, Highway 5 to the summit is seasonal. Highway 5 traditionally opens the Friday before Memorial Day and remains open through Labor day, with the lower portion of Highway 5 to Summit Lake closing the first weekend of October, weather permitting. For up to date information regarding access and entrance fees please visit the USFS Clear Creek Ranger District website as they manage the land.
*Please note, due to COVID-19 the Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season.
Guanella Pass Byway Scenic and Historic Byway
Experience clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, incredible flora and fauna, wildlife, and trailheads along an original wagon route linking Clear Creek County and Park County. Guanella Pass is traditionally open starting the Friday before Memorial Day and closes the last week of November, weather permitting. This 23-mile scenic byway is now paved in its entirety from I-70 to Highway 285 connecting the Town of Georgetown to the Town of Grant.
“Oh My Gawd” Road (aka Virginia Canyon Scenic Drive)
“Oh My Gawd Road” is the breath-taking and hair-raising shortcut to nearby Central City, another historic gold rush town known as the “richest square mile on earth” – This scenic dirt/gravel road is filled with old mining sites and gets its name from its spectacular views and its narrow and curving lanes. The canyon is open year-round.
Take Some Time to Stop and Enjoy
On your scenic drive, we recommend pulling over to check out some of what Clear Creek has to offer, including:
- A&K’s Place
- Alpine Restaurant and Bar
- Beau Jo’s Pizza
- Bread Bar
- Clear Creek Cidery Tavern & Taps
- Cooper’s on the Creek
- Guanella Pass Brewing Company
- Guanella Pass Brewing Company, Empire
- Plume Coffee Bar
- Tommyknocker Brewery and Restaurant
Boutique Mountain Shopping –
- Annie’s Gold Antiques & Collectibles
- Margie’s Place
- Fall River Botanicals
- Buckskin Trading Company
- The Bee’s Knees Antiques
Historic Museums and Landmarks –