Activities and Attractions
Georgetown offers a wide range of activities from shopping, riding the rails, hiking, biking, rafting and more. We have endless historic mining roads and railroad grades that are perfect for hiking and biking. Georgetown is also gateway to the Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway. Georgetown is a bit quieter than neighboring Summit County and boasts not a single traffic light! If you prefer off-roading on an ATV or Jeep, please keep to marked roads only and respect our environment. Be kind to bikers and hikers who prefer a quieter path.
Historic Georgetown Inc.'s Homes...
There's something special about an old house - whether it's a sense of place and time, personal history, or simply the joy of craftsmanship found in old buildings. Historic Georgetown, a Colorado non-profit corporation, was created to initiate, encourage and integrate efforts to preserve the rich heritage of the Georgetown/Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. Soon after, the new organization purchased the Hamill House, the home of Englishman William Hamill, a successful mine owner, banker and politician of 19th century Colorado, to restore this elegant home as a museum. Historic Georgetown has many other properties in which most are open to the pubic. Visit them on the web at: Historic Georgetown, Inc.
Pass Scenic & Historic Byway...
Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway provides a refreshing auto trip, bike ride or hike along a 23-mile alpine route in the Pike and Arapaho National Forests.
The Byway is accessible in less than an hour either from U.S. Highway 285 in the town of Grant, or off Interstate 70 at the Georgetown exit-#226. Approximately 10 miles of the road is paved or oiled, with the remaining 12 miles a gravel surface. It is maintained year-round for passenger vehicles, though large RVs are not recommended on this mountain byway. Please drive SLOWLY as many people prefer to bike or hike this spectacular area.
Remember to dress warmly as even in summer the temperatures can drop significantly, and storms move in quickly at this high elevation.
turn in fall
Early in the summer tiny alpine flowers cover the ground. These hardy plants, often less than an inch high and smaller than a dime, can take 100 years to grow and have to withstand intense solar radiation, freezing temperatures and constant, punishing winds. Later in the season, Geneva Park is home to fields of blue columbines, Colorado's state flower.
More wildlife will be observed along South Clear Creek and Geneva Creek, which parallel the Byway. This area is home to a large beaver population. North of Guanella Pass Campground, you can see numerous beaver dams and lodges. The beavers share a habitat with a variety of songbirds, including Wilson's warblers and white-crowned sparrows.
From the town of Grant, Guanella Pass follows Geneva Creek Canyon to Falls Hill. At this point it climbs a series of switchbacks that have been constructed across glacial moraine. At the top of Falls Hill the road skirts the edge of Geneva Park, a large mountain meadow composed of glacial soil deposits. As the road leaves Geneva Park and climbs north along Duck Creek, dense stands of lodgepole pine give way to the spruce-fir forest. Above Duck Lake the road reaches timberline and continues climbing to a summit elevation of 11,666 feet above sea level.
North of Guanella Pass Summit, the road descends through the spruce-fir forest before joining South Clear Creek at Guanella Pass Campground. For several miles the creek meanders gently through willow thickets, interspersed with beaver ponds and lush subalpine meadows. At Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant the valley narrows, dropping past Clear and Green Lakes, to the historic community of Georgetown. A number of pullouts along this section of the route provide breathtaking views of the South Clear Creek Valley and Georgetown.
Natural and historic sites may be visited and photographed all along the Guanella Pass Scenic & Historic Byway, which includes part of the roadway in Georgetown. The historic mining camps of Waldorf and Geneva City offer side excursions for mountain bikers and hikers on either side of the Pass during summer months.
Trout fishing is a favorite pastime in Clear Lake, South Clear Creek and Duck Creek. There are five campgrounds and two picnic areas along the Byway maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Residents and visitors alike are reminded of the fragile nature of the Guanella Pass Scenic & Historic Byway. Wildlife and vegetation are precious to us all and respect for this environment will ensure its fruitful nature and survival for future generations to enjoy.
here to view a Map of the Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway
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