- This byway leads north/south from Georgetown, a National Historic District, which is located on Interstate 70 west of Denver, to the small town of Grant, also a historic mining town. There are many sight seeing activities for visitors to Georgetown including museums, shopping, mine tours and a steam railroad. The scenic byway climbs the canyon walls south of town, following a creek bed after the switchbacks. This route follows the western Mt. Evans Wilderness boundary passed lakes, campgrounds and four-wheel drive roads before reaching Guanella Pass (11,669 feet). Looking east from the pass you'll find a great view of Mt. Bierstadt. South of the pass the byway enters the Pike National Forest and passes trailheads, trails and four-wheel drive roads. This portion of the byway follows Duck Creek then Geneva Creek into Grant.
Recreation - Scenic driving is the most evident of recreation opportunities from Guanella Pass. This route passes through Arapaho and Pike National Forests, which provide access to hiking, mountain biking, camping, four-wheel driving, sight seeing and horseback riding, from the byway.
Climate - Elevations on the Guanella Scenic Byway range from 8,700 feet to 11,669 feet (Guanella Pass). The pass is maintained throughout the year, but winter travel on any high-elevation road can be treacherous. Summer temperatures at 11,600 feet are usually chilly so bring long sleeves, hats and gloves if you plan on spending any time out of doors on the top of the pass. Always be prepared for precipitation. Conditions at high elevations change quickly and dramatically. Hypothermia can happen in any season.
Guanella Pass is located in central Colorado. To reach Georgetown travel west of Denver on Interstate 70. Exit 228 is used to reach the northern start of the byway. This area is known as Clear Creek Canyon or drainage. The byway travels over the pass and into the South Platte drainage.