Upper Geneva (Geneva Creek)

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4.7/5 (125 reviews)
Georgetown, Colorado (Park County)
Last Updated: 11/30/2023
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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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4.7/5 (125)
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126050
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/30/2023

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Partially Open
Visited: 10/14/2023

The season's first real snowstorm has moved through the Colorado High Country, and the daytime temps are not low enough to melt the storms anymore. This trail should be considered only partially open at it's lower altitudes and may be dangerous if you encounter snow, if not impassable, until Spring.
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Rated 2/5
Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

As with several other trails in the area, this one has been bulldozed. It is basically a dirt road now. You might need a bit of clearance for some of the Whoop-te-doos near the top (i.e. you might touch with a Subaru). These might make it rated as high as a 2. I had run it with a friend a month before and it was easier than I remember it, so being out with my wife in a 2008 highlander with no 4-low and street tires, I thought I'd try it. There is/was one rocky ledge spot I wasn't sure if the Highlander would cope with, but that had been cleared as well. This is a shame becasue not only is the trail no longer a 4x4, but everyone and their dog can get to the campsites at the top. I'm not sure what the Forest service is trying to do, but I am not a fan.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy dirt road with great campsites and a few ruts here and there. Nothing a stock 4x4 can't handle.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/29/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I decided to take my new Bronco on its maiden off-road voyage up the Geneva Creek Road today and I don't think I could have made a better choice! It was absolutely beautiful! I did this drive a several years ago in my F-150 Raptor and loved it, but today, with my soft-top Bronco, I popped the top and enjoyed a whole new experience! The weather couldn't have been better for taking this road all the way up to the Sill Mine. Past the seasonal gate, there was virtually no traffic, and only an OHV came by while I was walking around the cabin. Anymore, it pays to do roads like this that are close to Denver during the week to avoid crowds. This was the perfect road to try out all the off-roading systems on my Bronco. Just the right amount of challenging terrain to experiment and learn how they work. I dropped the tire pressure down to 30 lbs, but next time, I might try 25 lbs. as the road is definitely quite rough, especially above the seasonal gate. All in all, it was a super fun adventure day and I just wish I had thought to bring my camping gear because there were several unoccupied spots at the top. Oh well, maybe next time!
Trail Review: Upper Geneva (Geneva Creek) - David Main

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