Denver Mountain Area - North Central Colorado

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

 

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.

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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".

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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.

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 & Loveland Ski Area in Idaho Springs this well-maintained Inn is along Clear Creek. Enjoy the slower paced life of Colorado's mountains with the vitality of a metro area 20 minutes away.

motels suites & condos Pets Welcome Pool on site 


Indian Hot Springs Spa: Lodge, Cabins & Campground  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 


Colorado Trout Hunters  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guided fly-fishing trips in the Denver Mountain Area on some of Colorado's premier public and private trout water. Chasing Colorado trout offers beautiful scenery, a great fishing experience, and solitude!

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 -- as seen on the Discovery Channel! A short drive from Denver, in historic Idaho Springs mining district. A great day trip for folks with kids living in the Metro area.

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

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Wide Open Adventure  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Stop Dreaming; Start Playing on Colorado's Rivers! An Eco-Friendly adventure company. Idaho Springs (Clear Creek), and Grand County (Upper Colorado River). Guided rafting and float trips to fit all tastes.

Whitewater Rafting 



Featured Denver Mountain Area Businesses

Allenspark Lodge  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Authentic 1930's log lodge, 12-rooms, in Allenspark offering: mountain breakfasts, hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, romantic getaways, small retreats, scrap-booking. Come, unhook & unwind.

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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 & Loveland Ski Area in Idaho Springs this well-maintained Inn is along Clear Creek. Enjoy the slower paced life of Colorado's mountains with the vitality of a metro area 20 minutes away.

motels suites & condos Pets Welcome Pool on site 


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 tours and rafting adventures 45 minutes from Denver & Summit County.

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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Bears Inn B&B and Log Cabin  link to Colorado vacation
1920s Historic Inn near Evergreen, a true mountain lodge with 11 guest rooms. One cozy log 2-bedroom cabin with spectacular views. Lodge has outdoor deck and hot tub. Famous for gourmet breakfasts.

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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
TWO GREAT RIVERS - TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS! Whitewater trips on the Arkansas River (Royal Gorge) and on Clear Creek (Idaho Springs), 2 hours to multi-day trips. There's something for everyone!

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions Whitewater Rafting 


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

Whitewater Rafting More fun things to do 


Colorado Trout Hunters  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guided fly-fishing trips in the Denver Mountain Area on some of Colorado's premier public and private trout water. Chasing Colorado trout offers beautiful scenery, a great fishing experience, and solitude!

Groups and Reunions Fishing 


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

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Denver West/Central City KOA  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In the mountains above Denver, stay at Central City's premier RV Park in a BIG-RIG FRIENDLY RV site, or enjoy true Colorado tent camping under a star filled sky. Open April 20th - October 14th.

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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  link to Colorado vacation
This Lakeside resturant is a must stop for the pie alone! A restaurant and gift shop on Scenic Colorado Highway 103 at the junction of Mount Evans Road between Idaho Springs and Evergreen.

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park  Colorado vacation make reservations
30 miles from Denver in the mountains! Horses Welcome - stall available! 12,000 acre park awaits you: campsites, cabins/yurts, vacation home, along with fishing, nature programs & miles of mountain trails.

cabins Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Guest Horses 


High Country Snowmobile Tours 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 


Indian Hot Springs Spa: Lodge, Cabins & Campground  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 -- as seen on the Discovery Channel! A short drive from Denver, in historic Idaho Springs mining district. A great day trip for folks with kids living in the Metro area.

Scenic Byways Attractions More fun things to do 


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

Whitewater Rafting 


Wide Open Adventure  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Stop Dreaming; Start Playing on Colorado's Rivers! An Eco-Friendly adventure company. Idaho Springs (Clear Creek), and Grand County (Upper Colorado River). Guided rafting and float trips to fit all tastes.

Whitewater Rafting 



For more travel information contact:

Denver Mountain Area Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Summit Lake National Natural 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 Metro Area Map
Denver Mountain Area Map


 
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