Nestled right along the Clear Creek, 30 minutes west of Denver, Idaho Springs was founded in 1859 by prospectors during the Gold Rush. This town was the first substantial gold discovery during the 19th century. Rafting, zip lining, hiking, mine tours and hot springs are the biggest attractions to draw people to Idaho Springs. As mentioned earlier, the Clear Creek runs right along the entirety of the town.
Because of this, many rafting companies call Idaho Springs home. Most companies will shuttle their guests to different sections of the river and will run an advanced, intermediate and beginner trip, so there is something for the whole family! Zip lining is a new fad, with a few courses just opening in the past year. Zipping is definitely an exhilarating thrill to experience in the Idaho Springs area. Have you always wanted to climb a 14,000 foot mountain but aren’t so sure about the hike up to the elevation? Check out Mt. Evans (14,265 fee) and the road leading up to it, the highest paved road in North America, so you can bag a “14-er” without having to exert too much effort! Idaho Springs is also the home to Gray’s and Torrey’s peaks (other 14,000 peaks), as well as Squaw Mountain, all breathtakingly beautiful hikes. Idaho Springs is the town that brought many prospectors to Colorado in the 19th century, so it is no mystery why mining tours and gold mining are a big tourist attraction. The Argo mine tour located right on the Clear Creek is a must-see for mining lovers, open daily 9:00 am -6:00 pm, weather dependant. Phoenix Gold Mine is another mine that delivers tours, both great daytime activities. After you finish the mining tour, the guides will teach you to gold pan, and then give you the chance to try your luck! Idaho Springs is a small town, with vast amounts of activities, shops, restaurants, and other attractions.