Idaho Springs: A Gold Mine of Adventure Right Outside Denver

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The historic mining town of Idaho Springs in the beautiful Clear Creek Canyon offers majestic mountain views and a variety of activities from rafting to gold panning.

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

Donate to Clear Creek Greenway Authority to help keep Clear Creek Canyon sustainable. For daily volunteer opportunities, volunteer at Loaves & Fishes, a local food bank. For animal lovers, see how you can help out at the Clear Creek Animal Shelter.

Insider's Tip
Local in the Know

Blair Woodward, our favorite Idaho Springs resident, recommends a number of restaurants and activities below, but also suggests you visit the quirky surrounding towns near Idaho Springs. Not only is it an incredibly beautiful drive, but each town has a unique draw. Black Hawk is a small mining town that offers casinos and gambling right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Georgetown, another mining town, offers a historic railroad, which is a great activity for families.

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Activity
Clear Creek Gold Rush Rafting

This action-packed rafting trip will get your heart-pumping with incredible canyon views.

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Lunch
Two Brothers Deli
A little deli in a busy town serving great food since the 1900s (yes, we have been open that long — 1999).
Activity
Via Ferrata Adventure

Take in the insane Mount Evans views during the via ferrata-assisted climbing and ziplining tour.

Dinner
Tommy Knocker Brewery and Pub
For more than 20 years, Tommyknocker Brewery has been passionately crafting award winning ales and lagers.
Activity
Mount Evans - Scenic and Historic Byway
One of the best places to catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep.
Lodging
Stay in an Airbnb in Idaho Springs

Depending on your group size there are a number of great lodging options through Airbnb in Idaho Springs, but this is one of our favorites with a great central location.

Day
2
Breakfast
Main Street Restaurant
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. We also bake our own bread. Come try us out!
Activity
The Phoenix Gold Mine
Family owned & operated, since 1988. Take underground tour. Guides provide education & entertainment for all ages & abilities. See gold ore in the…
Lunch
Westbound & Down Brewing Company
Westbound & Down Brewing Company is made of a dynamic team working to provide our community with exceptional service and distinct sophisticated…
Insider's Tip
Stick Around for a Tasting

Finish lunch with a sampling of several Westbound & Down brews, from the array of IPAs to tripels, sours, saisons, stouts and many more.

Activity
Jeep Tours Colorado by Native Jeeps
Looking for your next unforgettable outdoor adventure? Book a Colorado jeep tour with
Dinner
MTN Prime
Colorado-raised, USDA Choice steaks are just the beginning at MTN Prime - Idaho Springs' new steakhouse. Try the Colorado Elk Stew, prepared with…
Activity
Starlight & Full Moon Zipline Adventure

This is our all-time favorite Idaho Springs adventure. You cannot miss this sunset and full-moon zipline tour, allowing you to see Colorado at the absolute best time of the day.

Lodging
Streamside Dream

This streamside Airbnb is close to the moonlight zip and offers a great mountain feel that can sleep large parties.

Day
3
Breakfast
The Frothy Cup
Here at The Frothy Cup we buy only the highest quality green coffee beans from all over the world, and then we roast them in small batches here at…
Activity
Galvin Guiding
Galvin Guiding is a fly fishing guide service based in Denver, Colorado.  The service offers exceptional personalized service and custom tours…
Lunch
Beau Jo's Idaho Springs
Beau Jo's pizza is legendary among Colorado outdoor enthusiasts. The original pizza restaurant, located in Idaho Springs, Colorado has been the…
Activity
Hike St. Mary's Glacier

A beautiful and moderate hike near Idaho Springs. There are plenty of other hiking options if you are looking for something easier or even more difficult.

Dinner
Two Bears Tap and Grill
Small plates, salads, sandwiches, chili and other cozy bites.
Activity
Scenic Drive Down Clear Creek Canyon

Enjoy another scenic drive around the Clear Creek Canyon after dinner and who knows what adventure you may stumble upon.

Lodging
Indian Hot Springs
World-famous for over 100 years. Hot mineral springs. Features include unique, one-of-a-kind mens and womens geo-thermal cave baths, indoor…
Day
4
Breakfast
Black Hawk Bean & Cream
From Mountain Mocha — a locally loved treat — and half-pound breakfast burritos to sumptuous sandwiches, pastries and ice cream, The B&C has plenty…
Activity
Indian Hot Springs
World-famous for over 100 years. Hot mineral springs. Features include unique, one-of-a-kind mens and womens geo-thermal cave baths, indoor…
Lunch
Smokin Yard's BBQ
Our thee signature sauces: Cow Tippin Sweet, Spicy Chipotle and Swine Bitin' Bold.
Activity
More Clear Creek Rafting

Enjoy another day on the iconic river with a 1/3- or 1/2-day rating trip.

Dinner
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Hola amigos, at Restaurant Azteca we offer you a taste of Mexico that you will not soon forget, authentic Mexican food where we serve the delicious…
Activity
Tommy Knocker Brewery and Pub
For more than 20 years, Tommyknocker Brewery has been passionately crafting award winning ales and lagers.
Lodging
Bridal Veil Waterfall Views

Try out this 1896 Victorian Airbnb cottage with mountain views.

Day
5
Breakfast
A Whistle Stop Cafe
Grab-n-go-breakfast menu all wrapped up and ready to go!
Activity
Georgetown Loop Railroad
Climb aboard one of Colorado's famous historic narrow gauge railroads. This engineering marvel takes you high over the Devil's Gate Bridge and…
Lunch
Cooper's on the Creek
Cooper’s on the Creek is located in the Georgetown, 45 miles west of Denver on the I-70 corridor. Our menu features seasonally inspired cuisine,…
Activity
Capital Prize Gold Mine Tours
Visitors walk over 1,000 feet (the longest walking tour in the State) into the mountain and see several other tunnels, many of the 17 gold veins…
Dinner
The Alpine Restaurant and Bar
We offer a complete lunch and dinner menu and all of our items are homemade from scratch! Catch us after your scenic drive up Guanella pass or…
Activity
Hotel de Paris Museum
Hotel de Paris Museum, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames…
Lodging
Waterfront Mountain Retreat

This is the most perfect mountain home to stay in while you visit Georgetown. Take in the views and enjoy this newly renovated mountain home.