Camp at Guanella Pass

Added by Eric Schuette

Easy access to the Front Range. Hiking and fishing nearby. Restrooms, firepits, and tent pads. Beautiful night sky.

This is a beautiful campground that serves as a great basecamp for many different outdoor activities in the Front Range. Whether you are looking for a casual day fishing or trying to knock one of the nearby 14ers off of your bucket list, this is an excellent place to begin. There are also abandoned “ghost towns” and the historic Georgetown nearby for those interested in local history.

There are 17 campsites that include a tent pad, fire pit, and a picnic table and there are communal bathrooms and water available. For more details on the site and reservations, check out recreation.gov.

Getting there from Denver is super easy on I-70. Just head west, exit at Georgetown and follow signs to Guanella Pass for 9 miles.

The Milky Way is pretty epic from the pass. If you enjoy photography, this is a great place to work on your night sky shooting.

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Explorer

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3 months ago

Favorite BLM Camping

These are some of my favorite dispersed camping spots in Colorado. They offer great views of the milky way and the best way to get an early start on summitting nearby fourteeners. These are primitive sites, so no facilities and everything must be packed in and packed out. They can become full on weekends so I always recommend to get there early to ensure you have a camp spot for the night!

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over 5 years ago

Excellent spot to shoot some stars or setup a basecamp for tackling nearby 14ers Bierstadt and Evans. There is also plenty of dispersed camping in this area - we just slept in our car at the Bierstadt trailhead before hiking at sunrise!

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