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Scenic four wheel drive roads, Guanella Pass Colorado

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Scenic four wheel drive roads, Guanella Pass Colorado

For a one day getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, Guanella Pass provides a beautiful rugged scenic escape high in the Colorado Front Range mountains. Traversing the west face of Mount Evans, highway 381 runs along South Clear Creek from Georgetown just off of I-70 to Geneva Road along Duck Creek to the tiny mountain town of Grant on winding state highway 285.

The drive is partially paved with some maintained dirt surface. Four wheel drives are not required to make the drive but some washboard and pot holes could be a bit rough on a passenger car. Guanella Pass Road passes through dense pine and aspen forests of the Pike National Forest and the Arapaho National Forest beside beautiful South Clear Creek into the open alpine tundra on the west face of 14,000 foot Mount Evans. Guanella Pass also makes for a beautiful drive when the leaves of the aspen forest take on the golden mantle of autumn. Watch for various mountain wildlife, including elk, big horn sheep, hawks, eagles and a huge variety of tiny forest creatures scurrying about the alpine wilderness.

Ubiquitous hiking trails along the route provide access to a number of beautiful mountain peaks, including Mount Evans plus Arrowhead, Geneva and Square Top Mountains. If the pass is approached from the south access point in Grant, historic Victorian era Georgetown provides a host of great shopping, eating and drinking establishments to round out an enjoyable afternoon in the Colorado high country.

To get to Guanella Pass Road take I-70 to Georgetown and follow the signs or Highway 285 past Aspen Park and Conifer to Grant Colorado and turn north on Geneva Road. Plan for at least a couple of hours enjoying the sights and sounds of Guanella Pass Road.