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How to Spend a Day in Idaho Springs, Colorado

Idaho Springs Zipline

For those looking to start off summer early, you will want to seek outdoor options in Colorado 7,500 feet or lower in elevation as the snow will melt off quicker and the temps should reflect t-shirt weather as early as May. Idaho Spring, CO is one of those locations that fits the mold perfectly, as it offers all your favorite mountain activities and is just a short drive into the Rockies from the Denver Area.  Here is the best way you can spend a day in Idaho Springs!

Outdoor Adventures

As far as fun activities for throughout the day go there, are several amazing options through you and your family can enjoy.  Colorado is equipped with incredible and exhilarating adventures, including whitewater rafting, ziplining, rock climbing, and fly fishing.  Spring weather brings snow melt and blue skies, setting up beautiful afternoon excursions for those trying to enjoy the outdoors.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is probably the most popular activity in the area, as Clear Creek runs right through the heart of Idaho Springs. Whether you have younger kids or older generations venturing out with you, there’s a section of whitewater for both novice rafters as well as the most experienced of thrill-seekers on Clear Creek.

Whitewater Rafting Near Denver

Aerial Adventures

What better way to catch views of the Continental Divide than an aerial tour above the town of Idaho Springs?  Ziplining is a high adrenaline adventure you can enjoy an afternoon with, or step up your game with a Via Ferrata tour.


Located just moments out of town is the popular St. Mary’s Glacier trek, Loch Lomond Trail, and Barbour Forks Trail.  If you have a great backcountry vehicle setup, the Cascade Creek 4×4 Road yields incredible views as well as the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

Rock Climbing

Idaho Spring is also known for its large multi pitch and single pitch climbs challenging all skill levels with their own gear. If you are lacking climbing gear or a buddy to go with, try a guided Via Ferrata tour which combines assisted rock climbing with traversing and ziplining.

Fly Fishing

Although Idaho Springs is not known for its fly fishing that does not mean it should be overlooked.  In fact, it is a hidden gem. The town has spent a considerable amount of money in the western half of town by adding a riverside bike path as well as adding multiple fish ladders to increase natural spawn numbers.  By doing this, the quality of the fish has increased tremendously in the area.

Fishing in Idaho Springs Colorado

Image courtesy of Clear Creek Greenway Authority

Restaurants in Idaho Springs

You can’t spend a full day in Idaho Springs without visiting some of the shops and restaurants in the main stretch of town. For a quick, easy, and delicious sandwich head to the locally owned Two Brothers Deli. For a nicer sit-down atmosphere, the Beau Jo’s Pizzeria in Idaho Springs is the original location of this popular pie chain. Try their super deep dish “Colorado” style pie with a classic honey infused crust and refuel properly after a day in the mountains. If you’re keen on good brews, Tommyknocker Brewery is stocked with nine year-round beers and multiple seasonal ales that are swapped often.

Make your weekend memorable and get out of the city to this historic mining town located off of I-70!


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