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Guanella Pass

Georgetown, CO
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Georgetown
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

and Guanella is one of 'em. Currently doing a lot of road work on pass, but this is another spectacular pass with chances to see moose, mountain goat, and big horn sheep on every triip. The "bird-ers" seem to like this spot a lot. LOTS of wonderful tundra hiking. Other wonderous mountain passes include Independence, and Gore.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are several hikes at the top of the pass, including Mt. Bierstadt which can be crowded even mid-week. But many other beautiful hikes are accessed from the west side of the road and below the top of the pass on the way to Georgetown. My favorites are Square Top Lakes and Silver Dollar Lake. The South side of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This was the first time on the pass and I enjoyed it and I have to go again next year during the summer and then in the fall. The road is nicely paved but when you are heading to Grant there is still some construction, it's going be nice when they get the whole road done. There are also the... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It is a good place for a picnic lunch at the lake. We went to view the fall colors.A nice day trip from the Denver area..

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Worth your time while visiting Georgetown. This area offers many high country hiking trails as well as a good chance to see wild animals, beautiful fall colors and many other photo opportunities typical of the Colorado Rockies. A two lane mountain road with some switchbacks and sharp curves, so caution is advised.

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Guenella Pass was one of many passes we traveled for Fall foliage. Overall experience was okay, mainly because of construction activities that blocked two-way traffic. We had to wait for 20+ minutes at each construction junction. Lot of bikers on road, so need to drive carefully. Fall colors were nice with many photo op stops. Guanella Pass probably wouldn't top... More

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Cotopaxi, Colorado
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376 reviews 376 reviews
49 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

When we first drove the pass to Georgetown, the road was dirt. This time it has been mostly paved. Of course, they are still working on this and we experienced delays. We had been driving through the Collegiates and through Fairplay looking at the leaves. While there were some leaves, because parts of Guanella are above timberline, you aren't going... More

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77 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We were advised to travel the area to enjoy the fall foliage. And yes it is definitely a very good way to enjoy this changing of the seasons. However since we passed, at a somewhat later stage, the area of Vail, our sincere advice for autumn viewers is to pass the Pass and travel on to the Vail area. Yes... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This pass is ablaze with colorful aspens and maples this time of year. Pass waterfall and lakes between Georgetown and the summit. Wished we had more time because we found that this pass goes clear through to Breckenridge.

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North Scituate, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Since the entire American West has made a collective decision not to spend any money on guardrails, we thought it would be best to practice pass-driving at Guanella (which has a few scarey drops) rather than Loveland or Independence (which both have steep enough drops to make me want to sell the car and buy a mule). We weren't disappointed.... More

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