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About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby rohit » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:22 pm

We're trying to hike Mt Bierstadt on Saturday. Trying to come to the trailhead to just camp(sleep), no campfire nothing. Can we do it? or camping is restricted there? Anyone know about this? Any one camped after the fire in Colorado Spring?

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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby Sugar Madison » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:30 pm

You can camp there still. There is a fire ban, but there isn't any sort of camping ban... we haven't moved to Stage 3 fire restrictions (closure) yet, thankfully.
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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby mountain_man » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Thanks for asking this question. I'm hiking Bierstadt a week from Saturday and was considering camping.
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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby Ceastar » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:07 pm

If you want a little privacy, there's Guanella Pass Campground about 1.5 mi north of the pass with decent pay sites. Or, if the fallen trees have been cleared, across from the campround is a 4wd road to Silver Dollar Lake TH with many unofficial campsites on either side.

Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:34 pm

On the south side of the pass is geneva basin that has great free camping up the road past geneva park campground, tons of sites. if you stick around during the day prepare for lots of ATVs and gun nuts playing target practice all day long though. If you have a decent SUV the drive up the 4wd road all the way to the top of geneva basin is well worth it. road is not too bad, just narrow in spots toward the end. very pretty up there.
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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby edhaman » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:46 pm

I car camped at the Guanella Pass trailhead last Sunday night. There were 4 other vehicles in the lower lot, and it looked like there were a few in the upper lot. There are NO signs indicating camping is prohibited there. I tent camped there last year, too. There are toilets at both lots, but no running water.

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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby Lamb » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:53 pm

Ceastar wrote:If you want a little privacy, there's Guanella Pass Campground about 1.5 mi north of the pass with decent pay sites. Or, if the fallen trees have been cleared, across from the campround is a 4wd road to Silver Dollar Lake TH with many unofficial campsites on either side.



Trees are clear and I saw many passenger cars on the "4wd road." It is not a bad road at all and like you say there plenty of free camping.

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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby 14erFred » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:02 pm

Ceastar wrote:If you want a little privacy, there's Guanella Pass Campground about 1.5 mi north of the pass with decent pay sites.

In my experience over the past few years, because Guanella Pass CG allows users to reserve campsites online, typically none of the sites are available for anyone who seeks to acquire one on-site. You stand a far better chance of finding a camping spot along the Guanella Pass Road or the road to the Silver Dollar Lake TH. I wish you good luck with it.
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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby Eaglelift » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:44 pm

As others have said you can camp there I've never had a problem and it's decent camping all things considered.

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Re: About Camping in the Guanella Pass area

Postby rohit » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:16 pm

Thank you everyone responding this. It helped lot.

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