Where Old West Meets New Adventure! Located just 20 miles west of Denver along the I-70 corridor, Clear Creek County encompasses the mountain communities of Idaho Springs, Dumont, Downieville, Lawson, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. It's where the first gold strike took place! Visit working mines and pan for gold; explore the historic Victorian mining towns of Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Silver Plume, and Empire; or take a trip back in time on the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad®. Clear Creek County is also where you can get your adventure on! From white water rafting, Colorado hiking, bike trails, fishing, ziplining and Rocky Mountain Colorado ski vacations to scenic byways, 14,000-ft. peaks (14'ers), the highest paved road in the Americas and wildlife viewing, there's something for every level of adventure. And, because we're so close to Denver, you don't have to travel far to enjoy the mountains! You'll also find numerous lodging, dining, and shopping experiences in a stunning mountain setting 365 days a year.