Bailey, Colorado

Bailey, Colorado is a small Highway 285 town located about 45 minutes southwest of Denver.
Bailey  is Surrounded by Pike National Forest and is just 45 miles southwest of Denver.   This mountain hideaway is near all the amenities of Denver.   At an altitude of 7,750 feet, it is an excellent area for hunting and fishing.   A herd of about 200 bighorn sheep live in the mountains around Bailey.   Bailey, Colorado recently was designated one of Colorado’s most scenic and historic mountain passes the 23-mile Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway is one of the premier places to view the turning of the aspen in Autumn.   Maintained all year round, Guanella Pass ascends to an elevation of 11,669 feet, and is suitable for passenger vehicles, bike riding or hiking, though large RVs are not recommended on this mountain byway.

Bailey’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

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THINGS TO DO

Bailey, Colorado is known for it’s hiking.   Climbing the Park County mountains can be a memorable experience, but get an early start and be sure to descend below treeline before the afternoon thunderstorms.  Electrical storms can be especially dangerous at high elevations.

Bailey has lots to do; camping, hiking, biking, golf, swimming, fishing, rock climbing, picnics, open spaces, parks, farmers markets, pancake breakfast, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, food festival, wine tasting, home show, garden show, chili cook-off, summer camps, county fair, rodeo, street fair, and Oktoberfest.

Also, Bailey, Colorado has  specials events, such as :
Bailey Day – Annual Old West-themed summer street festival with live music, local vendors and family activities.
and,
Bailey HUNDO – Annual June race featuring 45 miles of singletrack in a 100 mile race. It starts in downtown Bailey. The race benefits two youth bike initiatives.

Camping – Tucked away in the Pike National Forest, Deer Creek Campground offers thirteen campsites that can accomodate either tents or RVs. Sites are first-come, first serve, with no dump stations, or electric and water hookups. There are also numerous dispersed campsites, located to the right of the campground along Deer Creek. Take County Rd 43 north, seven miles back to the camping

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WEATHER IN BAILEY

The Temperature of Bailey, Colorado.
Bailey weather can be delightful, with summer days in the 70s and cool, crisp nights. At other times, temperatures can fall well below zero with high winds that foster sudden white-outs.  The key to enjoying all the seasons in Park County is to be prepared. Whether summer or winter, protect yourself from too much sun. At our high elevations and clear skies, the sun’s rays are more direct. With over 300 sunny days a year in Park County, wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses for best protection.

The low humidity makes both high and low temperatures more comfortable, especially in the sun.  But, since temperatures can fluctuate widely during the course of a day, dress in layers of clothing to stay comfortable at any time. In the summer, afternoon rains are common, so keep waterproof clothing handy.  Snow is possible, but not likely, in every month of the year and generally, the thermometer drops about four degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level, so if you travel to some of our highest peaks, be prepared to don extra clothing.

Bailey is in a “Banana Belt” so it has approximately 300 days of sunshine and protected against bad weather.

 

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