Visitor Center2020-06-10T17:30:33+00:00

A Message From the Executive Director

In the interest of the safety of the travelling public, our staff, and our town, the Georgetown Trust, in conjunction with CDOT, have made the difficult decision to close the Gateway Visitor Center, for the first time ever in its 16 year history, until further notice. This decision is based upon many factors, the most pressing of which is that Visitor Center cannot accommodate essential freight trucks and, along with more stringent travel guidelines, is no longer a critical business.

We look forward to welcoming you again, with a smile, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Paul Boat
Executive Director
Georgetown Trust for Conservation
and Preservation, Inc.

A Private/Public Partnership

Colorado Dept of Transportation (CDOT) and the Georgetown Trust joined forces to create a mutually beneficial facility: the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center. The Trust had operated a small Visitor Center at this location since 1996 in order to provide information about, and interpretation of the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. Following the close of restrooms at the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels in 2001, CDOT required a new location for those services. The Gateway Visitor Center, constructed in 2003, was jointly financed by the partners, both of whom continue to support the project.

The response has been staggering!  In the past 11 years, the Center has welcomed 3,955,338 visitors on the I 70 Mountain Corridor. We are open 365 days a year and have not missed a single day in those  years. Restroom hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Information services and gift shop are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Center is staffed by paid staff and volunteers during all information service hours.

Stop at the Visitor Center for real time traffic information from CDOT monitors, access to COTrip website for travelers, and travel and local information services. ​Also, learn about and celebrate the National Historic Landmark District through interpretive displays and films.

There is a picnic area, dog walk, and gift shop on site for visitors to take advantage of.


VisitorCenter (at) georgetowntust.org

Mailing Address
PO Box 1037
Georgetown, CO 80444-1037

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Travel FAQ

Getting Here2019-10-13T21:04:16+00:00

Take exit 228 off of I-70 and head East toward town. The Gateway Visitor Center will be your first right, before the traffic circle.

Effective SPF Protection2019-10-23T19:51:15+00:00

The amount of UV rays that reach the Earth’s surface increase with altitude. Georgetown is 8,530 ft. in elevation, so be sure to pack strong sunscreen while visiting.

Road Conditions2019-10-22T19:34:18+00:00
Attire and Clothing2019-10-23T19:56:18+00:00

Georgetown tends to be significantly cooler than Denver all year long. Weather can also make quick, dramatic changes. Keep this in mind when packing, especially if you intend to venture out into nature.

High Altitude Environment2019-10-23T19:59:31+00:00

Altitude can have pronounced negative effects on some individuals. These effects can be mitigated by ascending slowly, limiting alcohol intake, and staying hydrated.

Ground Transportation2019-10-23T20:00:42+00:00


From empowering community, to protecting historical sites, to providing affordable housing; the Georgetown Trust has solidified itself as a critical part of the Georgetown community. Please consider helping us to continue our work.