Things To Do
The downtown historic district on Miner Street is home to many unique shops and eateries. Convenient 24 hour parking is just a block north on the Idaho Mall. Public restrooms available at Citizens Park. Click HERE for a list of retail businesses registered in town.
From local secrets to regional favorites, we have a variety of dining options sure to please even the pickiest eater. Click HERE for a list of food establishments registered in town.
Clear Creek River offers scenic views and whitewater adventures for beginners and veterans alike. A number of local outfitters offer full service rafting trips, no experience necessary. Click HERE for a list registered outfitters.
Trails / Open Space
Phoenix Gold Mine
Located just outside of Idaho Springs, the Phoenix Gold Mine is not to be missed. The Phoenix Vein was originally discovered in 1871. There are three levels going to a depth of 500 feet. Historical mining tools, ladders, milling equipment, buckets, emergency equipment and much more are on display throughout the tour.
The Argo Tunnel is a 4.16 mile mine drainage and access tunnel. The tunnel intersects nearly all the major gold mines between Idaho Springs and Central City, and is the longest such drainage tunnel in the Central City-Idaho Springs mining district. Although the tunnel itself is not open to the public, the associated gold ore mill and an adjacent gold mine are open to public tours. Most of the equipment used for processing the gold ore remains in place. The bottom level of the mill serves as a museum displaying mining and milling artifacts, old payroll records, milling receipts, and old photographs.
Mt. Evans Scenic Byway/Hwy 103
The highest paved road in North America, the byway stretches from Idaho Springs to the peak of Mt Evans. The road passes through three ecosystems, ancient trees, lakes and forests. Abundant goats and sheep make this a great place for wildlife watching.
“Oh My Gawd” Road
Also known as Virginia Canyon Road, this dirt road runs from Idaho Springs to Central City. The road is narrow, in spots wide enough for only a single vehicle. Breathtaking views and narrow escapes will have you saying “Oh My Gawd”.
Loveland Ski Area
Operating since 1936, Loveland Ski Area is a local favorite. Loveland is one of the first resorts to open every year, and one of the last to close. Just 30 minutes from downtown Idaho Springs!
Echo Mountain Resort
Echo Mountain is a ski and snowboard area located west of Evergreen, Colorado. Echo Mountain is home to Front Range Ski Club, an alpine ski racing training team and facility. Echo is scheduled open to the public in December of 2015.
The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District, or CCMRD, was formed in 1979, and helps meet recreational needs of residents throughout the county. Recently after a major renovation, the Sampler Mill Recreation Center re-opened its doors to the public.
Native Americans, who considered the springs to have healing properties, were the first to frequent the springs. The discovery of gold in the area brought development to the springs. In 1863 Dr. Cummings started charging for health baths. The site now houses a large hotel, and the Indian Hot Springs continues to be enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.
Idaho Springs Reservoir
The Idaho Springs Reservoir is located in the upper portion of the Chicago Creek watershed at an approximate elevation of 10,600 feet and is a popular destination for hikers and anglers alike. It can be accessed on foot the Chicago Lakes Trail. Use of the access road is by permit only and available exclusively to Idaho Springs Residents. Click HERE to for more information.
The Visitor Center shares its building with the Heritage Museum. The museum is free, and showcases a variety of mining artifacts. The Forrest Service has it’s office there as well.
Located just outside of Idaho Springs, the Mt Evans Trout Farm is a privately owned pond offering license free fishing, with no limit. Rustic mountain log cabins are available if you would like to extend your stay.