Guanella Pass Byway Scenic Drive

Beautiful Year-Round But Perfect in Autumn

This Day-Trip Drive Near Denver Has Plenty to See

ALERT:
DUE TO FOREST FIRE SAFETY CONCERNS GUANELLA PASS IS CLOSED
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Experience clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, incredible flora and fauna, animals, and trailheads. The byway is a spectacular drive in the fall, as the aspens put on their autumn best and shower the byway with leaves of gold.

Directions
Take I-70 to Exit 228 in Georgetown
Follow the signs through Historic Georgetown to the Scenic Byway.
23 miles long, Guanella Pass Scenic Byway follows the original wagon route that linked the mining towns of Georgetown, Colorado and Grant, Colorado on US Highway 285.

The byway is fully paved from Georgetown to Grant to US Highway 285. Guanella Pass typically opens the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend and remains open through late November – weather permitting.

For local traffic information and webcams throughout Clear Creek County please visit www.COTRIP.org or download the CDOT Mobile App for up to date traffic information. All information is provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Clear Creek County is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Located just west of Denver along Interstate 70, Clear Creek has 396 square miles of public lands to explore, as well as four mountain peaks above 14,000 feet. Clear Creek is comprised of charming mountains towns Idaho Springs, Downieville, Lawson, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume, which are all along the I-70 corridor. Learn more about Clear Creek County here.