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Idaho Springs [1] is a city of 1800 people in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Known also as the Gem of the Rockies

Sign as you enter the Town off the Interstate

Understand[edit]

It is the most populous settlement in Clear Creek County, Colorado. It is about 30 miles from Denver Founded in 1859 during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. It is located 7543 feet above sea level

A look at the downtown area

Get in[edit]

Most people will tend to arrive from the I-70 Interstate. Denver International Airport is located at about 35 miles away in Denver Denver International Airport [2], (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN). Commonly referred to as DIA. It is located about 20 miles to the east of downtown Denver. Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines all maintain hubs at the airport in Concourses A, B, and C respectively. Most other major domestic carriers also have service here

Weather Conditions Drivers who are used to warmer climates should be advised that the colder weather months (Nov-Feb) often bring snow and ice to area roads. Visitors who park their cars should be prepared in case their car is "snowed in" by snow removal trucks. Also, strict attention to parking rules and snow emergencies is recommended to avoid being towed away at the car owner's expense. During the winter months, a snow brush, ice scraper, and plenty of windshield washer fluid is essential, and many natives opt to carry a shovel, some sand, and a bag of ice melt/road salt in the trunk just in case.


Climate[edit]

Always check the weather. It is in the Rocky Mountains which can have flucuating temperatures. So its always a good idea to see what the weather is predicted and what it actually is.

Must-haves for winter in Idaho Springs
Between November and March, pack the following:

  • Thick jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Trousers, jeans, pants
  • Gloves, Mittens

Must have for Summer

  • Water,water,water, it gets hot and is at a higher altitude so you will need more water than you would at other places
  • Sunscreen, you are higher up so hence you are closer to the sun bring sunscreen.


Get around[edit]

To get around all you really need is your two feet. park your car in the downtown area and you can pretty much walk to everything you need to see in the area. To get to other places around town you just drive. parking can be difficult during the tourist season but parking can generally be found

See[edit][add listing]

  • Heritage Mueseum and Visitor Center, 2060 Miner Street, [3].  edit
The Argo Gold Mine and Mill
  • Argo Gold Mine And Mill, 2350 Riverside Dr. Idaho Springs, CO 80452, 303-825-6513, [4]. Open Daily 9:00 am- 6:00 pm. Here you take a tour of one the famous mines in the area, also gives live demonstrations as well and you can pan for gold here. Added to the list of National Register of Historic Places in 1978  edit
  • Phoenix Gold Mine, P.O. Box 3236 Idaho Springs, CO 80452, 303-567-0422, [5]. Tour of a local Gold Mine filled with lots of History. After the tour you can pan for gold or walk along two of the trails that are nearby. Tours usually take about 45 mins to a Hour  edit
Waterfall at Idaho Springs near the creek
  • Idaho Springs Waterfall, (Walk underneath the I-70 there is a paved trail behind City Hall and follow the trail the Waterfall will be on your left, or just follow clear creek and you will see the waterfall). theres also a waterwheel from the 1800's that is right next to the waterfall  edit
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  • Underhill Mueseum, 1416 Miner Street, [6].  edit
  • Pioneer Cemetery.  edit
  • Historic Train#60.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Arapaho National Forest.  edit
  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway & Wilderness, (Take I-70 to Exit 240 in Idaho Springs. Travel south and follow Hwy 103 to Echo Lake.At Echo Lake is the Forest Service’s check-in station, which allows you access to the summit. This upper section of the road way is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day), [7]. Check website for when it opens and closes. The road up to the top is the highest paved Road in the United States of America.  edit
  • “Oh My Gawd” Road, (Take I-70 to exit 241 in Idaho Springs.Follow Colorado Blvd. into town.At the fork in the road stay to the right and then take the second right onto Virginia Canyon Road). Take a drive up “Oh My Gawd Road”, the hair-raising shortcut to nearby Central City, This scenic dirt road gets its name from its spectacular views as well as its narrow and curving lanes  edit
  • Flipper McGill's Pinball Parlor, 1535 Miner Street, (303) 885-0984, [8]. Play on old and new pinball machines  edit

Rafting/Kayaking[edit]

  • Liquid Descent, 2195 E Idaho Springs Rd, [9].  edit
  • Clear Creek Rafting Company, 350 Whitewater Rd, [10].  edit
  • Raft Masters, 2804 Colorado Blvd, [11].  edit


Hiking[edit]

You must remember you are hiking in the Rocky Mountains where weather can change very quickly. Always have plenty of food and water and check local weather conditions. Ranger Contact: U.S. Forest Service Idaho Springs, CO 303-567-3000

  • St. Mary's Glacier.  edit
  • Squaw Mountain Trail, (From the intersection of CO-74 (Evergreen Parkway) and CO-103 (Squaw Passs Road), go west for approximately 12 miles west Just after you pass the turnoff to Echo Mountain Ski Area, there is a dirt road on the left side of the main road. Park here). A 4 1/2 Mile Roundtrip Trail with a elevation gain of 1200 feet, popular with Snowshoeing  edit
  • Warren Gulch Trail, (I-70 Idaho Springs Exit #241, go through East Idaho Springs and find parking, start your bike ride heading west to fork in road, take the left at the fork onto Miner Street, take this to Soda Creek Road, left onto Soda Creek Rd., 1.5 miles on Soda Creek Rd.(you will pass Indian Springs Resort), to the Idaho Springs Recycling Center on the right, opposite the recycling center is Steves Canyon Rd., turn left onto this road and bike ½ mile down, Warren Gulch is stenciled on a rock at your left, this is the entrance). A 16 Mile Roundtrip Tril for Biking and Hiking  edit
  • Scott Landcaster Memorial Trail, (I-70 Idaho Springs Exit #241, head east on Colorado Blvd., turn south (left) on the one way street just past the Safeway store, make right at stop sign, left at “T” intersection, you are on the bike path.). 10 Mile Roundtrip Trail  edit
  • Devils Canyon Area, (I-70 Idaho Springs – Hwy. 103 Exit (# 240), go south on Hwy. 103, approximately 10 miles up there will be a wide shoulder in the road on the left side, park here, bike through the forest service gate, this entrance will drop you into Devils Canyon.). A 6 Mile Trail  edit
  • Barbour Forks Trail, (I-70 Idaho Springs Exit #241, go through East Idaho Springs to fork in road, take the left at the fork onto Miner Street, take this to Soda Creek Road, left onto Soda Creek Rd., past Indian Springs Resort, go approximately 4 miles up to the end of Soda Creek Rd., there is a parking area at the Forest Service gate, trail starts here.). An 8 Mile Loop  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Soap Shop, 1542 Miner Street, (303) 567-0428, [12].  edit
  • Safeway Food and Drug, 2425 Miner Street, (303) 567-4471.  edit
  • Skippers Ice Cream Parlor, 1501 Miner Street, (303) 567-4544. Family ran Ice Cream Parlor  edit
  • Georgetown Valley Candy Company, 1501 Miner Street.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Doesnt have alot of fast food but it does have a McDonalds, Quiznos and a Carls Jr. Prices for food may seem to be a little higher than what you would pay elsewhere but this is a big tourist spot so expect to pay a little more. Most of the places to eat are located on miner Street or in the surronding area.

  • Wildfire Restaurant & Bar, 2910 Colorado Blvd, (303) 567-2775. Serves great breakfast, American and Mexican food  edit
  • Marion's of the Rockies, 2805 Colorado Blvd, (303) 567-2925. Known for its Great breakfast and brunch  edit
  • Mangia!, 1446 Miner St, (303) 567-4371, [13]. Italian Food  edit


  • Smokin Yard's BBQ, 2736 Colorado Blvd Idaho Springs, CO 80452, (303) 567-9273. Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am - 9 pm Fri-Sat 11 am - 10 pm. One of the best places to stop along I-70. Known for its great BBQ and offers complimentary boiled peanuts.  edit
  • Beau Jo's Pizza, 1517 Miner St Idaho Springs, CO 80452, (303) 567-4376, [14]. They have been offering Mountain Pies which is Colorado style pizza since 1973. Has a local food challenge called the "14er" which is a 14 pound pizza, you win a 100 dollars if you and another person finish it.Offers Free WIFI as well  edit
  • Two Brothers Delicatessen, 1424 Miner Street, (303) 567-2439, [15].  edit
  • Buffalo Restaraunt and Bar, 1617 Miner Street, (303) 567-2729, [16]. Serves alot of Great American food and has an old time feel to the place  edit
  • Morning Gold Bakery, 1637 Miner Street, (303) 905-7386.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Westwinds Tavern, 1633 Miner Street Idaho Springs, CO 80452, (303) 567-0982.  edit
  • Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub, 1401 Miner Street Idaho Springs, CO 80452, [17]. A nice place to drink at and also serve beer that they make there as well  edit

Coffee[edit]

  • Java Mountain Roasters, 1510 Miner Idaho Springs, CO 80452, (303) 567-0304.  edit
  • Starbucks, 2900 Colorado Blvd Idaho Springs, CO 80452, (303) 567-2578.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Indian Springs Resort, 302 Soda Creek Rd. Idaho Springs, CO 80452, 303-989-6666, [18]. The World Famous Indian Hot Springs known for over 100 years  edit
  • Heritage Inn, 2622 Colorado Blvd, (303) 567-4473.  edit
  • Miners Pick Bed and Breakfast, 1639 Colorado Blvd, (303)567-4870, [19]. Features a gourmet home-cooked Breakfast  edit
  • H & H Motor Lodge, 2445 Colorado Ave, (303) 567-2893.  edit
  • Idaho Springs Motel, 2631 Colorado Ave, (303) 567-2242.  edit
  • Columbine Inn, 2545 Colorado Blvd, (303) 567-0948, [20].  edit


Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

The Tunnel on the I-70 East heading towards Denver
Routes through Idaho Springs
Grand JunctionGeorgetown  W noframenoframe E  GoldenDenver
Steamboat SpringsWinter Park  W noframe E  GoldenDenver


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