Going Over the Guanella Pass – Part 1

As you all know, we love to just get in the car and drive.  Larry usually plans the trip out as much as he can, but there is still a certain amount of spontaneity as well.  This time our “tour” took up us over the Guanella Pass.  It was a beautiful day and we saw so much wildlife.  It was also considerably cooler up in he mountains than it was at the base of the mountains where we live.  We always find fabulous little restaurants on these fun and beautiful day trips, and this day drip was no different.

This time we discovered the Riverbend Eatery for “food and fun on river”.



I just love the canoe on the roof.


Riverbend Eatery boasts of an “awesome river view” and they are not exaggerating either.  It was an awesome river view.  We were lucky enough to get a table right next to the river, which was flowing rapidly.




If dining al fresco by the river is not your thing, Riverbend Eatery also offers spacious indoor dining as well.  Although I will ALWAYS choose to dine outside, especially on this beautiful river, whenever possible.


Riverbend Eatery is cutely decorated with fun and quirky aspects of life up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.





As soon as we walked in to Riverbend Eatery we were well taken care of by the friendly staff.  They were all so helpful and were just full of smiles, even beneath their masks.


We must have worked up quite an appetite, even though we were just driving through the mountains.  The Riverbend Eatery menu offers a variety of pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, burgers and salads. We decided to order a pizza.  We ordered a large pizza, fully expecting there to be leftovers to take home with us.  What we did not expect, however, was the HUGE size of the pizza and just how much there would be to bring home.  We ordered the “Meaty Italiano”.  As you can see, it was loaded.  It was also very, very tasty too, which is a good thing considering how much we brought home with us.   We will be enjoying this delicious pizza for at least a couple more meals yet to come.


Next time you are driving around through the mountains in the Bailey area, stop in and enjoy your meal right on the river.  Riverbend Eatery is is located at 60006 US Highway 285 in Bailey, Colorado.  They offer 14 different beers on tap and have a full bar as well.  You can reach them at (303) 838-0264 or online at Riverbendeatery.com  

Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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