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5 Reasons Idaho Springs is the Perfect Day Trip for Denverites 

Main Street Idaho Springs lined with shops and outdoor dining

Are you looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day? Look no further than Idaho Springs. Located about 30 minutes outside of Denver, Idaho Springs is a great mountain getaway and a wonderful place to spend the day! You’ll find so many things to do and places to see here that you’ll be sure to have fun all day long. From high-thrill adventures to low-key relaxation, Idaho Springs has you covered! 


1. Mining History and Heritage  

With over 5 museums and mines located throughout town, you can learn all about the Gold Rush and how it began in Colorado. Spoiler Alert: It started right here in Clear Creek County! After touring one of the mines, you can even try your hand at panning for gold. What better way to really get the feel of Clear Creek County’s rich heritage? Stop into the Visitor Center for maps and brochures to help you navigate through town. 

Argo Mine on the side of the Clear Creek tributary at low tide with mountains in the background


2. Great Restaurants & Bars 

No matter what you’re in the mood for, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, Idaho Springs has something you’ll love! There are over a dozen local restaurants and breweries located right along the main road, Miner Street, and there is almost certainly something to please the entire family! You can choose anything from pizza to barbeque and almost everything in between. You can even enjoy your meal right along Clear Creek while sitting at an outdoor patio

3. Outdoor Adventures  

If you’re an adventure seeker, Idaho Springs is a great place to spend the day. During the summer months, you can jump on a whitewater rafting trip that will take you through the mining valley where the Gold Rush took place. You can also go ziplining in Idaho Springs if you prefer your adventures in the sky. Six separate ziplines take you through some of the breathtaking Colorado mountain sights. Want some more mountain views? Take a trip on our Mount Evans Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron way”). This is a guided rock climb where you’ll be traversing over bridges and ladders over 300 feet above the ground! Throughout the course there will be beautiful views of the Chicago Creek & scenic Idaho Springs. No matter which activity you choose, you’ll get some of the best views of this historic area. 

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Ziplining in Colorado

4. Rest & Relaxation  

Sometimes you just need to take a step back from hectic daily life. There is a hot spring and day spa in Idaho Springs that is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Spend time in their pools, jacuzzi, or even mineral water caves and let the stressors just wash away! You can even book a massage or spend the night! Indian Hot Springs is the perfect place to book all of your self-care needs. 

5. Support Local  

Shop and support local business by walking down Miner Street and stopping into some of the many shops. With over 15 local shops in just three blocks, there’s almost nothing you can’t buy in Idaho Springs! You can find jewelry and clothing, outdoor gear, gifts and souvenirs, and so much more. What’s even better is that you’ll be supporting locally owned and operated business. 


We talked about just a few of the possibilities when visiting Idaho Springs. It’s a diverse town with a rich history in mining. You can easily spend the day wandering Miner Street and taking in all the sights. Whether you’re interested in history, food, adventure, or all of the above – Idaho Springs has everything you could want to do for the day. Come spend the day (or a few days!) with us and take a break from busy city life in this beautiful mountain town. 


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