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Upper Geneva Creek in Colorado presents a captivating adventure for off-roaders with its diverse terrain and scenic beauty. As you traverse the initial stretch of the trail, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of the valley and the meandering Geneva Creek. The area is generously sprinkled with idyllic camping spots that accommodate tents, RVs, and trailers. As you venture further into the trail's second half, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Iron Fens, a rare and remarkable natural phenomenon exclusive to Colorado, with only eight known locations worldwide. Finally, you'll ascend to an elevation of over 11,000 feet, where the remnants of Geneva City stand as a testament to the mining past of this area. Amidst the relics at the end of the trail, you'll find an array of buildings and structures, including the ruins of the Sill Mine. This is an epic must-visit spot in Colorado where you can get your fill of scenery and fun history.
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Take US Highway 285 S west for 11.1 mi. Follow the signs for the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway and turn right. Follow for 6.9 miles, and the trailhead will be on the left.
Trails Offroad has spoken with the Ranger a few times about the legal status of parts of this trail since it is currently under review. Now, the legal trail is represented with the GPX provided by Trails Offroad. Anything outside of that track is presently considered off-trail and illegal.
We finally got out to Geneva and just in time for the leaves to start changing. W spent the day getting chased by thunder and rain but it was a Friday and the traffic was very light making for a nice day on the trail for us. There is a vehicle blocking the trail with what appears to be a broken front axle. Hopefully, the owner gets back to it before the busy weekend.
All of the mines and summits are now closed to motor vehicles. Signs are permanent and many are staked in the middle of the trail. There is no indication that you cannot walk up to these things, but the mine that is pictured in the highlights section is now closed to vehicle traffic at the bottom of the hill.
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