Hot Spot - Guffey Gorge

Guffey Gorge also known as Paradise Cove is a small swimming hole on Fourmile Creek outside of Guffey, Colorado. The gorge receives an average of 250 visitors a day during the hot summer months. In just one hot, July day this popular swimming hole can see up to 1,000 visitors. The area has become a popular cliff jumping and party destination with recreationists driving 1-2 hours from metropolitan areas to visit. 

Major impacts include: 

  • litter and trash
  • trail erosion
  • vehicle parking impacts 


The Leave No Trace team visited Guffey, CO and the surrounding areas to execute a week of education and outreach. 

Guffey Gorge Hot Spot 2017