Accessing Georgia Pass from the south side offers the best road conditions. From this direction, some or most crossover type SUV's should be able to reach the summit of the pass. Coming in from the north and Breckenridge will require higher clearance vehicles and possibly 4WD. One site rates it as passable for stock SUV's though it is steeper and rougher on the north side. A great deal of snowmobile traffic in the winter from either side of the pass makes this area generally easily accessible in the winter, with cars frequently being able to drive within a few miles of the pass when coming from Jefferson. Back in the gold rush days, this pass use to be known as "Swan River Pass."

From the town of Jefferson on US 285, west of Kenosha Pass and east of Fairplay, turn north onto CR 54, aka: Michigan Creek Road. In 1.3 mile, the road makes an abrupt left turn and heads west. Follow the road west as it curves around the base of Michigan Hill and at 3.0 miles comes to a "Y" intersection where CR 54 continues to the right. Heading generally NW, be sure and stay left at an intersection of CR 54 and FR 870. In 3.2 miles from the "Y" intersection, the road comes to the turnoff for the Michigan Creek Campground, a National Forest fee campground with vault toilet and water. Beyond here, the road begins a lot of winding around as it gains elevation to the pass. To make the final gain to the pass summit, there will be two switchbacks with a long contouring stretch in between. To climb Mt. Guyot, park at the pass summit area where there will be plenty of room. On the north side of Georgia Pass, the CR 54 becomes FR355.1.


There is a National Forest CG called 'Michigan Creek" at the coordinates provided below. This is a fee campground with water and vault toilets. It has about a dozen sites which you can expect to be full on summer weekends.

As you continue NW on CR 54 toward Georgia Pass, there are any number of at-large, primitive campsite opportunities and some side roads that will lead off to more private ones. There is also ample camping room at the summit of the pass. One road at the summits heads off into the trees to the west and the Mt. Guyot east ridge. There are good spots along that road before it soon fades out.

Campsite Locations

Michigan Creek › N 39° 24' 41.09", W 105° 53' 02.32"
Coordinates are for the turnoff into the CG. Elevation is 10,100 ft.
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