Founded during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, Idaho Springs, Colorado, served as the central point in the area’s mining district during the late 19th century. Today, it’s the largest community in Clear Creek County, with just shy of 2,000 residents. Visitors descend (and ascend) upon Idaho Springs to take in the breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery, recreate in nearby National Forests and State Park as well as to uncover the town’s history at local museums and galleries.
Idaho Springs, CO is located approximately 30 miles west of Denver along the north side of Interstate 70 in Clear Creek Canyon.
Idaho Springs offers a variety of comfortable accommodations including inns, motels, resorts, vacation homes, and campgrounds and RV parks. Dining options include classic American fare at family restaurants, cafes and bistros as well as Chinese food. Idaho Springs also features shops and transportation to nearby Denver Airport.
Get your fill of outdoor activities in Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests and Golden Gate State Park with featured activities including fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, off-roading, and whitewater rafting. Idaho Springs offers close access to several ski resort towns and itself serves as a bedroom community for those who work and play at Loveland Ski Area. Prefer town-based activities? Check out the interesting museums and art galleries Idaho Springs has to offer.
A visit to Idaho Springs is incomplete without a trip to the infamous Argo Tunnel. It was once a functioning network of interconnecting mining drainage tunnels between the towns of Idaho Springs and Central City but the tunnel is now closed. However, be sure to take a tour of the Argo Gold Mine and Mine Museum. Tired and achy? A dip in Indian Hot Springs will no doubt prove relaxing or you can snap a photograph next to the statue of World War Two era comic strip character, Steve Canyon. For a sight-seeing treat be sure to drive along the highest paved road in North America on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.
The drive from Idaho Springs to Winter Park takes you 7 miles west on I-70 W then 26 miles north on US-40 W. Along the journey stop at any number of places such as Berthound Falls and head out onto the trails for some excellent hiking in gorgeous country.