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Mountain-Town Getaway: Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Central City & Blackhawk

Find Gold Rush lore, modern-day prospectors, railroad adventure and cooler temps just 40 minutes west of Denver.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places

Volunteer with Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, where you can cast replica fossils for use in educational projects and for sale in the Dinosaur Ridge gift shop.

Day 1

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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 winds…

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Lucha Cantina Georgetown

Located at the heart of historic Georgetown in the former iconic Red Ram Saloon, Lucha uses pure, natural ingredients to create super-tasty Mexican…

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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 of…

Insider's Tip

Another Museum

If you still have time, move on to the nearby Hamill House.

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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, creative…

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Guanella Pass Scenic & Historic Byway

Follows an old wagon trail used by miners traveling between Georgetown and Grant. Gold lured miners and others to the area, but it was silver that brought…

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Hotel Chateau Chamonix

Exquisite boutique hotel featuring a French Alps architecture. Our property offers fireplaces, steam showers, hot tubs and many other amenities to make…

Day 2

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Mountain Mamas' Needful Things

Mountain Mamas' Needful Things in Georgetown offers a full-service cafe, artisanal treats and gifts.

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Mount Blue Sky - Scenic and Historic Byway

One of the best places to catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep.

Insider's Tip

Stops Along the Byway

Stop at Echo Lake Park for hiking or fishing and Lawson Adventure Park for disc golf, climbing wall, via ferrata, bungee tramp and more.

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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 bacon,…

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Colorado Adventure Center

Are you ready to make waves and create unforgettable memories on the Colorado rivers? Join for an epic white water rafting adventure that will leaave…

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Tommy Knocker Brewery and Pub

For more than 20 years, Tommyknocker Brewery has been passionately crafting award winning ales and lagers.

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Walking Tour of Idaho Springs

Walking tour guides available at the Idaho Springs Visitor Center.

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Columbine Inn

Nestled in the heart of Idaho Springs, Colorado in a rustic Rocky Mountain setting, the Columbine Inn offers complete comfort in new and remodeled suites…

Day 3

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Marions of the Rockies

We are cookin up our very popular breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, angus burgers, fried chicken, mountain style chicken fried steaks…

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Argo Mill & Tunnel

The Argo Mill, Mine and Museum tour is educational and fun for all ages!  During its heyday, the mine procesed more than one hundred million dollars…

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Fireside Kitchen

At Fireside Kitchen, we wanted to capture those magical moments around the campfire. Here, you’ll find your favorite comfort foods, served with a side…

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Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk

ACCENT ON AN EXTRODINARY DESTINATION

The Buffet

Black Hawk's premiere buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily featuring live…

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Timberline Grill Steakhouse

When you're savoring one of our signature dishes, such as cedar plank salmon or roasted prime rib, in front of a roaring fire, it's easy to imagine…

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Central City Opera House

Founded in 1932, Central City Opera is the fifth oldest professional opera company in the country. The world-renowned summer festival is held every…

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Ameristar Casino Resort Spa

Ameristar is a 4-diamond luxury resort located in Black Hawk, CO. Ameristar features a 536-room hotel, 5 restaurants, Starbucks, a full service Ara…