Shawnee is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Post Office located in northern Park County, Colorado.   Shawnee is situated in the Platte Canyon, along the North Fork South Platte River, west of Bailey on U.S. Highway 285.

Shawnee is a tiny town that sits atop a hillside overlooking Highway 285. There’s a general store/tea room, art studio and post office. The rest of the community is residential.

Founded around 1860 and 5 miles west of Bailey on US 285, Shawnee has an art gallery, tea room, community center and U.S. Post Office. Due to the high concentration of historic buildings in town, Shawnee is now a historic district. Fitzsimmons Middle School and Platte Canyon High School are located 1 mile east of town.

Before the town was settled it was used as Ute hunting grounds, and was in route to the Gold Rush in South Park in 1859-1860. It was a summer resort town thanks to the river that ran by town. In 1937 the railroad closed.

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The opportunities for outdoor adventure in natural areas enveloping Shawnee, however, are endless.  Hiking trailheads are located right along U.S. 285 and lead into the rugged confines of the national forest.  Further west trails atop 10,000-foot Kenosha Pass offer spectacular vistas.  Pull-off spots along the river also make ideal locations for an afternoon picnic. Fly fishing on the South Platte near Shawnee is also very popular.

ust after Shawnee, leads to a dirt road winding to the top of Guanella Pass (11,669 feet) and down the paved side into the historic mining town of Georgetown, off I-70. This drive is also a favorite for viewing changing aspens each fall. Travelers will find basic amenities in the nearby town of Bailey east of Shawnee.

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Shawnee, Colorado, gets 20 inches of rain per year.   Snowfall is 126 inches.  The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 50.    On average, there are 238 sunny days per year in Shawnee (zip 80475), Colorado.   The July high is around 76 degrees. T he January low is 9.   Sperling’s comfort index for Shawnee (zip 80475) is a 61 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate.  Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees.

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