Geneva Basin  
Maps:          
USGS 7.5' Map: Montezuma, Mount Evans
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR119 8 9,800 to 11,600 ft.   3-4 hours
County: Park, Clear Creek
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike National Forest,
South Platte Ranger District
19316 Goddard Ranch Court
Morrison, CO 80465
303-275-5610
Summary: Geneva Basin is a longer 4WD road that takes you to a mining area and to the naturally occuring Iron Fens.
Attractions: Scenery, Mining, Natural Site
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Closed by seasonal snow fall.
Best Time: June - Typically snowed in.
July - Late in the month if the snow has melted.
August - Best
September - Best
October - First snows will close the road.
Summer
Activities:
Hiking -
Shelf Lake Trail
Jackwhacker Gulch
Equestrian -

Mountain Bike -

ATV -

Motorcycle -

Camping: There are many dispersed sites at the east end of the road along the wide valley.
Base Camp: This would not be the best place to base camp unless you were hiking in the Wilderness.
Fall Colors: Poor - The road mainly travels a wide valley or through the pine forest.
Winter
Activities:
Snowshoeing -

Cross Country Skiing-

Snowmobile -

Navigation: From Georgetown CO. head west on Rose Street for 0.2 miles. Take the 3rd left onto 2nd Street and go 151 feet. Continue onto Guanella Pass Rd for 2.5 miles. Turn left to stay on Guanella Pass Rd and go 2.0 miles. Slight right to stay on Guanella Pass Rd and go 0.7 miles. Keep right to stay on Guanella Pass Rd and go 0.2 miles. Keep right to stay on Guanella Pass Rd and go 7.0 miles. Turn left to stay on Guanella Pass Rd and go 0.8 miles. Continue onto FR118/Geneva Road. Continue to follow Geneva Rd for 3.6 miles. Take a sharp right onto Duck Creek/FR119. This is the start of the Geneva Basin 4WD road.

From Grant, CO. head north on Geneva Rd/Guanella Pass Road for 6.8 miles. Take a slight left onto Duck Creek/FR119. This is the start of the Geneva Basin 4WD road.
History:  
Description:
Geneva Basin 4WD road is a graded road to start, passing the Duck Creek picnic ground and the Geneva Park campground. The road will continue for a bit before it gets narrower and becomes a single lane. After you leave the trees you will continue to follow Geneva Creek which flows down a wide valley. There will be a lot of dispersed campsites along the road in the first two miles.

After about 2.5 miles you will come to a trail head for the Shelf Lake trail which heads up Smelter Gulch. A half mile from the trail head you will pass through some private property on the south side of the road in a large meadow. Another half mile will get you to the Jackwhacker Creek crossing. You will now be in the trees for the most part.

Two more miles and you will be entering the area where the mining took place below Santa Fe Peak. There are some building remains at two of the sites, one to the south and another to the north up a short spur road.

Geneva Basin looking south

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg


One of the mine buildings of the Sill Mine (2004)

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg


The Sill Mine (2004)

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg


The Sill Mine (2004)

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Just below the mines are the head waters of Geneva Creek and the Iron Fens, a unique geologic feature for Colorado.

Data updated - March 6, 2015      4WD Road driven - August 1, 2004      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2015