Georgetown and Silver Plume
Aliases: Silver Plume
These two old mining towns right along I-70 give a rare glimpse into what Colorado was like over a century ago, when silver fever reigned supreme. Today, they make for a good base while exploring Clear Creek County’s high country, and a place to check feeders during the winter months. Silver Plume has a more rustic feel, and when feeders are up in winter, keep an eye out for all three rosy-finches, Pine Grosbeak, and others. Georgetown has the lion’s share of the amenities and direct access to Guanella Pass during the summer.
You are almost guaranteed to see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in this area in November and December when rams migrate down the mountain to clash for mating rights with ewes. Visit the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival the second Saturday in November, stop by the Gateway Visitor Center, or hit the Viewing Station just east of town to catch the sheep in action.
County: Clear Creek
Directions: Georgetown is on I-70 at exit 228. Head south and pass under the freeway; immediately to the west is the Gateway Visitor Center. Silver Plume is two miles west on I-70 at exit 226.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Lodging: Hotels in Georgetown,campground on the Guanella Pass Road
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible facilities, some trail access and viewing from car