Guanella Pass High Mountain Valley

Length: 22 miles
Driving time: 1-2  hours
Open: All Year
(Closed over summit in winter)

Guanella Pass Itinerary

Guanella Pass Road known to visitors today was once an old wagon trail used by miners traveling between Georgetown and Grant. Gold lured miners and others to the area, but it was silver that brought prosperity to the valley.

Well-preserved Victorian structures in Georgetown remind visitors of a day when the town was known as “Silver Queen of the Rockies.” Although spectacular all year, in mid-September this is one of the premier places to view the turning of the aspens. Along the route you’ll see swaths of quaking, shimmering leaves creating golden waves along the mountainsides.

Main Towns: Georgetown, Silver Plume, Grant

Features Include:

  • Georgetown Loop Railroad
  • Arapahoe National Forest
  • Silver Dollar Lake, Green Lake, Duck Lake
  • Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park

Wildlife: Bighorn sheep, Golden Eagle, mountain goat, deer, elk, beaver, variety of songbirds, including Wilson’s Warbler, White-Crowned Sparrow.