Denver Mountain Area - North Central Colorado

Includes Black Hawk, Central City, Empire, Evergreen, Genesee, Georgetown, Golden Mountains, Idaho Springs, Idledale, Morrison

 

Loveland Pass, Colorado, The Colorado Vacation Directory
I-70 Between Idaho Springs and Loveland Pass, Colorado
Argo Mine, Idaho Springs, Colorado, The Colorado Vacation Directory
Explore the Mining History of Denver's Mountain on a Tour

 

Idaho Springs was named after Chief Idaho and the natural mineral hot springs nearby, which were considered sacred to the Indians. The first major gold strike in Colorado was on January 7, 1859, in Idaho Springs by George Jackson. The gold strike brought many miners to the area, all in search of gold. The population boom caused many towns to be established, and many of these towns are still in existence today, making up the Denver Mountain Area.

Today you can discover this Victorian era mountain town where you can still explore working mines and pan for gold and gemstones. Central city, along with it's neighboring town of Black Hawk, they are two of only three Colorado towns which offer legalized gambling at over 25 casinos to choose from. And don't overlook the famous Central City Opera House and it's world-renowned summer performances.

Bridal Veil Falls, Idaho Springs, Colorado, The Colorado Vacation Directory
Bridal Veil Falls Cascading 600 feet into Clear Creek with a 120-year-old Water Wheel in the Foreground
Evergreen Lake in the winter time, Colorado Vacation Directory
Evergreen Lake in Winter: Outdoor Ice Skating and Hockey, Ice-Fishing, and Lake House Skate Center

 

With mountains, lakes, and historical sites, you will never be bored in this area. Popular recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing and cross-country skiing. Drive Mt. Evans Scenic and Historic Byway 14 miles to the summit of 14,264'. All 14 miles of the road from the entrance station to the Mount Evans summit parking area (14,130') are paved. From there, you can hike the last 130 feet (about 1/4 mile walk) to the top at 14,264 feet. For another fascinating drive, take the Peak to Peak Byway from Black Hawk to Estes Park. Or, take a drive up "Oh My Gawd Road", the hair-raising shortcut to nearby Central City, another historic gold rush town known as the "richest square mile on earth".

Clear Creek Whitewater Park was built to recreational canoeing and kayaking. A quarter mile long course along Clear Creek in Golden is challenging and fun! The course is divided into three sections; the top has a series of drops, pools, and fast eddies; the middle has flat, shallow waves with huge boulders; the bottom has more extreme surf and wave drops.

Train ride the Georgetown loop, The Colorado Vacation Directory
Take a Ride and Enjoy the Sights of the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad
Hamill House Museume, The Colorado Vacation Directory
The Hamill House Museum Built by the Silver Baron William Arthur Hamill

 

GEORGETOWN is your base camp for amazing hiking trails, mountain biking terrain, Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, peaceful lakes, the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad, and the Hamill House Museum. Enjoy great shopping and restaurants on 6th Street in the National Historic Landmark District. SILVER PLUME and Georgetown where mining camps in mid 1800s The Hamill House Museum is the former home of silver baron William Arthur Hamill. Be sure to be in Georgetown the first Friday in June, July, August and September for an old fashioned lawn party complete with croquet, badminton, hors d'oeuvres, and free face painting for the kids. The Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad runs year round with a special Polar Express every December, be sure to Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause. The Georgetown Loop Railroad brings history to life in a fun adventure that will thrill the entire family.

The Denver Mountains also boast amazing places to downhill ski, including Berthoud Pass Ski Area and Loveland Ski Area.

Denver Mountain Area is near: Bailey & Pine Area, Denver Area & Nederland

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Premium Denver Mountain Area Businesses

Argo Gold Mine, Mill and Museum  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
See how gold bearing ore was processed in our Historic Mining Museum. Open since 1893, over 100 years of Colorado history is 30 minutes west of Denver on I-70 in Idaho Springs. Pan for GOLD!

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Argo Inn & Suites  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Denver and Loveland Ski Area in Idaho Springs this well-maintained Inn is along Clear Creek. Enjoy the slower paced life of Colorado's mountains in one of Argo's suites. Denver Metro, 20 minutes.

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Historic Indian Hot Springs - Healing Waters Spa  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Idaho Springs World Famous - Natural Hot Mineral Springs Spa open all year. In the mountains, 30 miles west of Denver off I-70. Rooms & cabins include use of indoor mineral water swimming pool.

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ATV Tours @ Mile Hi Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
We offer fun professionally guided rafting tours on Clear Creek near Idaho Springs. Play along Clear Creek, experience scenic ATV adventure tours. Mile Hi is 30 miles west of Denver in the Mountains.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Whitewater Rafting 


Colorado Trout Hunters Fly-Fishing Guide  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guided fly-fishing trips in Denver Mountains, on some of Colorado's premier public and private trout water. Calling all trout hunters; we'll help you catch trout with beautiful scenery, solitude, and success.

Groups and Reunions Fishing 


Phoenix Gold Mine Tour  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
CATCH GOLD FEVER at working gold mine -- The Phoenix Tour seen on the Discovery Channel! A great day trip for folks in the Metro Area, a short drive from Denver, in historic Idaho Springs mining district.

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Raft Masters, Inc  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Rafting on Two Rivers: The incredible Arkansas River, 45 miles from Colorado Springs in Canon City; and, Clear Creek, 30 miles from Denver in Idaho Springs. Raft Masters FREE wetsuit and river-boot use.

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Featured Denver Mountain Area Businesses

Adventure Company, The  link to Colorado vacation
Adventure Packages: Full moon raft trips, zipline tours, kayak instruction, fishing expeditions, mountain biking. A Whitewater Company Rafting on 4 rivers, serving vacationers from Buena Vista to Breckenridge.

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Allenspark Lodge  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Authentic 1930s log lodge, 12-rooms, in Allenspark, CO. Come, unhook and unwind: hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing. Hearty Mountain breakfasts. Romantic getaways, small retreats, scrap-booking.

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Argo Gold Mine, Mill and Museum  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
See how gold bearing ore was processed in our Historic Mining Museum. Open since 1893, over 100 years of Colorado history is 30 minutes west of Denver on I-70 in Idaho Springs. Pan for GOLD!

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Argo Inn & Suites  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Denver and Loveland Ski Area in Idaho Springs this well-maintained Inn is along Clear Creek. Enjoy the slower paced life of Colorado's mountains in one of Argo's suites. Denver Metro, 20 minutes.

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ATV Tours @ Mile Hi Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
We offer fun professionally guided rafting tours on Clear Creek near Idaho Springs. Play along Clear Creek, experience scenic ATV adventure tours. Mile Hi is 30 miles west of Denver in the Mountains.

Groups and Reunions ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Whitewater Rafting 


Bauer's Spruce Island Chalets  link to Colorado vacation
Two miles from Evergreen, in the mountains west of Denver, surrounded by a 1,000 acre forested park. 1-, 3- and 4-bedroom chalets with kitchens encircling a picnic area with pond, grills, and playground.

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Boxwood Gulch Ranch  link to Colorado vacation
FISH 12 MONTHS A YEAR on the North Fork of the South Platte River. All trips are lead by professional licensed guides. Shawnee is 50 miles from Denver on Highway 285 (enjoy less traffic than 1-70).

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Clear Creek Rafting Co.  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Whitewater trips on TWO GREAT RIVERS: The Arkansas River and Clear Creek. TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: Royal Gorge and Idaho Springs! 2 hours to multi-day rafting tours. Something for everyone!

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions National Parks Whitewater Rafting 


Colorado Adventure Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A full service outdoor center -- rafting, biking, zip-lines: Rock Gardens Rafting, Glenwood Bike Tours, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, Highside Adventure Tours, Colorado Canopy Adventures.

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Colorado Trout Hunters Fly-Fishing Guide  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guided fly-fishing trips in Denver Mountains, on some of Colorado's premier public and private trout water. Calling all trout hunters; we'll help you catch trout with beautiful scenery, solitude, and success.

Groups and Reunions Fishing 


Comfort Suites Golden West at Evergreen Parkway  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Link to special offers and discounts icon
A spectacular log and stone hotel above Denver in the mountains at Evergreen Parkway west of Golden. Relax on your luxurious suites, some private hot tubs and balconies. PACKAGES for Loveland Ski Area.

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Deer Creek Cabin  link to Colorado vacation
Log cabin in the Rocky Mountains 45 miles of Denver off Highway 285 near Bailey. Enjoy fishing along Elk Creek, outdoor hot tub, watch for deer. A wood burning stove heats the cabin for romantic evenings.

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Denver West/Central City KOA  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In the mountains west of Denver; stay at Central City's premier RV Park: BIG-RIG FRIENDLY sites, tent camping under a star filled sky, glamping in a KOA Deluxe Cabin. Open April 24th - October 4th.

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Easter Seals Colorado-Rocky Mountain Village  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Off-season lodging groups at the Rocky Mountain Village -- Fall, Winter, Spring. Easter Seals Colorado is 40 miles west of Denver, exit 232 off I-70. Minutes to Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park, Copper Mountain. Meeting rooms available.

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Echo Lake Lodge - Wildlife Watching Restaurant & Gift Shop  link to Colorado vacation Map showing location of Colorado vacation
Above Echo Lake the lodge restaurant is a must stop for the pie alone! Window seat for wildlife watching. gift shop. On Scenic Colorado Hwy 103 at Mount Evans Road between Idaho Springs and Evergreen.

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Evergreen Lake House, The  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Play in the mountains 30 minutes from Denver. EVERGREEN LAKE PARK: fishing, boat rentals, lake trail hiking, winter outdoor ice skating, community celebrations, and Evergreen Lake House wedding venue.

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park  Colorado vacation make reservations
30 miles from Denver in the mountains! 12,000 acre state park awaits you at Golden Gate Canyon: camp sites, yurts, vacation home, fishing, nature programs, mountain trails. Horses Welcome - stall available!

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High Country Snowmobile Tours, Rentals & Tubing Inc.  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
It's the memory of a lifetime! Experienced guides will take you through Colorado's high country to some of the most awesome views of the majestic Colorado Rockies. Located in Summit County.

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions Snowmobiling Downhill Skiing 


Historic Indian Hot Springs - Healing Waters Spa  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Idaho Springs World Famous - Natural Hot Mineral Springs Spa open all year. In the mountains, 30 miles west of Denver off I-70. Rooms & cabins include use of indoor mineral water swimming pool.

cabins motels RV Parks and Resorts Romance Family Friendly Pool on site Hot Springs More fun things to do Downhill Skiing 


Phoenix Gold Mine Tour  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
CATCH GOLD FEVER at working gold mine -- The Phoenix Tour seen on the Discovery Channel! A great day trip for folks in the Metro Area, a short drive from Denver, in historic Idaho Springs mining district.

Scenic Byways Attractions More fun things to do 


Raft Masters, Inc  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Rafting on Two Rivers: The incredible Arkansas River, 45 miles from Colorado Springs in Canon City; and, Clear Creek, 30 miles from Denver in Idaho Springs. Raft Masters FREE wetsuit and river-boot use.

Whitewater Rafting 


Rocky Mountain Adventures  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Wilderness adventures, trout fishing, whitewater rafting in the Rocky Mountains! Raft the Upper Colorado River, Clear Creek, and Cache la Poudre River Headquarters Fort Collins. Experience the Excitement!

Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 



For more travel information contact:

Denver Mountain Area Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Summit Lake National Natural Landmark
Red Rocks Park National Historic Landmark

Scenic Byways:
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Lariat Loop Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Mount Evans Scenic Byway-UPDATED-
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Seasonal Attractions:
National Western Stock Show

Rafting & Kayaking:
Clear Creek River Rafting

Hot Springs:
Denver Mountain Area Hot Springs

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Berthoud Pass Ski Area

Local Area Maps:
Denver Mountain Area Map


 
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