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    Vail, Colorado

    Guanella Pass

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    Denver, CO
    Trailblazer | 4180 pts
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    6/28/2009
    This is one of the best high mountain passes that can be negotiated in a regular car, while still having a rustic, uncrowded feel. Except at the height of aspen season and holiday weekends, there are generally not that many people to contend with.

    One big problem right now though is the construction. They are widening sections of the road, which has brought it down to one lane in two stretches. You can expect a long wait at these areas (I waited about 15 minutes at each) Also, because they are using stoplights instead of flaggers, there is the chance that you could meet someone going the opposite direction.

    That said, the views at the top of the pass are spectacular and well worth any frustration you might have on the way. If you have an aggressive 4-wheel drive, take the side trip to Waldorff and Argentine pass, which is one of the most scenic routes in the Front Range.
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    Denver, CO
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    9/30/2008
    This is a nice drive and the fall colors were quite brilliant on this particular Tuesday. While there are dirt sections, it's an easy drive for any car. We chose it as our first pass with our 2 week old daughter and it was perfect for a family outing. Don't forget to start the trip in Georgetown, stopping for ice cream at one of the two ice cream shops on the far end of town. Georgetown has personality and is worth an hour's walk around town.
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    San Jose, CA
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    10/2/2007
    Wonderful drive! A few too many people last Sunday, since it was at the peak of color change, but saw full range of colors on both sides of the pass. Road varies from newly paved to sever wash board, but the vistas encourage you to go slow anyway. Highly recommended.
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    Highlands, CO
    Pathfinder | 162 pts
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    8/10/2004
    I have made this a regular drive! Wonderful mountain drive with a lot of great views. Cascading waterfalls and streams will follow your assent from the route 285 side of the pass. There is a very nice parking spot at the top of the pass where you can see fantastic views of Mt Beirstadt, Mt Evans, and the Sawtooth. It is also the start of the trailhead for those inclined to hike to the top. This was the year that a massive project to pave the road was begun, and what normally was less than an hour drive took over 5 hours, Check with CDOT to see construction progress.
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    Vail
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    21.2
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    Out-and-back
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