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Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau, 2016 - www.ClearCreekCounty.org

Contents 1 Discover Clear Creek 7 White Water Rafting 8 Adventure and Attractions... 10 All Aboard! 12 Places to Stay... 14 Shopping... 18 Dining, Snacks and More... 22 Mines, Museums, Walking Tours,

and More... 25 Scenic Drives in Clear Creek County... 26 Tips... 28 Open Space 30 Off-Highway Vehicle Trails... 33 Fitness & Fourteeners 34 Hiking and Biking Trails... 38 Additional Resources and Services...

Step back in time and explore our authentic western mining and railroad heritage! Clear Creek County includes the historic communities of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. For admirers of the past, our historic towns are an architectural paradise. Our community wasn’t created by a “tourist” destination developer - our heritage is real! Stroll down the dirt Main Street of Silver Plume and feel an age gone by come to life. Clear Creek County is made up of 75% public lands offering an unparalleled amount of outdoor recreational opportunities. Choose from activities including backcountry hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, ziplining, biking, hunting, and fishing. Or, maybe you would prefer to cruise along our Scenic Byways? One thing is certain; the adventure begins the moment you arrive! Don’t waste another minute, make your plans and take a journey with us. Clear Creek County has an adventure to offer every age and interest. From museums to mining tours, narrow gauge steam train to hot mineral springs, let the memories begin today! The Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau Board of Directors would like to thank all County business owners, local municipalities, the Clear Creek County Commissioners, the Clear Creek County Mapping Department, the Clear Creek Ranger District, the Georgetown and Idaho Springs Historical Societies, the Colorado Vacation Directory, Don Allan, Doug and Whitney Smith, Dustin Schaefer, Gary A. Haines, Gwen Powers, Jason Powers, Jim White, Larry Lancaster, Mark Patton, Martha Tableman, Patti Hestekin, Robert Grevious, Sam Wallace, Susan Gillan, and Suzen Raymond for your articles, contributions, and photographs that have made our 2016 Official Visitors Guide to Clear Creek County possible. Designed and produced by Cassandra Patton, Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau Director

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Discover Clear Creek Seven Things You Could be Doing in Clear Creek County Right Now...

>> Ride the Rapids

Clear Creek is the 2nd most rafted river in Colorado, and for good reason. With more rapids per mile than any other river in Colorado, Clear Creek offers both beginner rapids and world class rafting just outside of Denver. Also, be sure to check out our Lawson White Water Park for recreational canoing, kayaking, and splashing fun!

>> Touch the Clouds

Our County is home to four 14,000’ peaks to challenge your lungs and legs. Mount Bierstadt (14,060’) is the perfect choice for your first ascent with easy access from Guanella Pass. If you are looking for more of a challenge, the iconic pair of Grays Peak (14,278’) and Torreys Peak (14,275’) offer the opportunity to bag two peaks on the same trip. Mount Evans (14,265’) is home to the highest paved road in the northern hemisphere, typically open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.

>> Feel the Wind

Take a bird’s eye view of the County and feel the crisp mountain air from high above one of our two cliff-side or tower zip line attractions!

>> Explore the Terrain

As Denver’s gateway to the Rocky Mountains, Clear Creek County offers endless opportunities to explore the Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forests. Drive one of our two Scenic Byways: Guanella Pass Scenic Byway or Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Or, get off the paved roads and have some fun off-road on an ATV Tour or 4-wheel drive trail. There are also endless hiking, biking, and scenic trails throughout our open lands. Camp for a night under the stars while you get in touch with nature, and don’t forget your fishing pole while you keep an eye out for wildlife too!

>> Ride the Train

The Georgetown Loop Railroad® was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions that was completed in 1884. This spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. Today, adults and children of all ages are able to enjoy train rides aboard a diesel or steam powered locomotive. There are also special event trains, two optional silver mine tours, and an opportunity to pan for gold!

>> Take a Tour

Colorado’s gold rush began in Idaho Springs in 1859 when George Andrew Jackson discovered gold at the confluence of Chicago Creek and Clear Creek. Soon after the discovery 50,000 miners flocked to the County in search of fortune and the population skyrocketed. Gold still lures visitors to Clear Creek County and you too can take a walk back in time to learn about the mining lifestyle that defined our County, take a gold or silver mine tour, and try your hand at panning for gold! Also be sure to visit the museums and monuments throughout the County to learn more about George Andrew Jackson, the Colorado Gold Rush, and the silver mining boom!

>> Relax and Unwind…

Soak your cares away in our historic hot springs, enjoy a day at the spa, take a scenic horseback ride, tour a local brewery, or simply spend the day visiting our unique shops and finish by enjoying one of our many delicious dining experiences. Don’t forget Clear Creek County has boutique lodging and accommodations for weekend getaways or extended trips! No matter what you decide, we hope that Clear Creek County will be part of your wonderful memories for years to come! ~ See you soon!

Did you know? Clear Creek County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Colorado legislature in November

of 1861, and is one of only two counties to have persisted with its original boundaries unchanged. It was named after Clear Creek which runs down from the continental divide through the County. Idaho Springs was originally designated the County seat, but the County government was moved to Georgetown in 1867.


Idaho Springs This Victorian community will instantly take you back nearly 150 years to the flourishing hub of Colorado’s gold country where fortune seekers from all over the world were lured by the promise of riches. Enjoy a stroll down Miner Street through the National Historic District, built by Cornish miners, where you can enjoy a self guided walking tour. Historic markers on the buildings also provide great history and allow you to discover interesting facts such as where Buffalo Bill Cody had his last drink, where Ulysses S. Grant stayed, etc... Stop by City Hall to view the beautifully restored Narrow Gauge Train No. 60 and then follow the path over to Bridal Veil Falls as it plunges behind the historic Charlie Tayler Waterwheel. The waterwheel was built in the 1890s by gold miner Charlie Tayler, who is said to be quite a character and attributed his longevity to the fact that he never bathed or kissed a woman! Continue up the trail toward Highway 103 and you will come to the confluence of Chicago Creek and Clear Creek. Here prospector George Jackson struck gold in January of 1859 which ultimately triggered the Colorado Gold Rush! Then jump in your car and head up Highway 103 and enjoy a day trip along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in the Northern Hemisphere, complete with breathtaking views and wilderness areas rivaled only by the thrill of reaching the 14,265 foot summit. Also, keep an eye out for wildlife on the way up including mountain goats, elk, deer, pikas, marmots, and bighorn sheep. Or choose to stay in town and drive down Colorado Boulevard which also offers historic charm as you drive past the stately Victorian homes and old miner bungalows. Some also say remnants of the Spanish Conquistadors presence may be found in the nearby hills and valleys. And if you like taking a ride on the wild side, try driving up the authentic “Oh My Gawd” Road which gets its name from its unpaved, narrow, curving lanes and scenic views. This road is located on the north side of town and offers incredible views of Mount Evans and the Continental Divide. The route passes through historic mining country and the ghost town of Russel Gulch - linking Idaho Springs to Central City.

Did you know?

Prior to the discovery of gold, the Mountain Ute Tribe and the Arapahoe Tribe found Idaho Springs to be sacred to both tribes for the healing waters of the hot springs and also used the land for ancient meeting grounds. The name “Idaho” (Idahoe) is said to be an ancient Arapahoe word meaning “Gem of the Mountains.”

Made rich by gold and rich with history Idaho Springs is the perfect starting point for your Colorado mountain adventure! From private cabins to funky motels, backcountry campgrounds to beautifully restored bed and breakfasts, Idaho Springs has the accommodations for you. And because it is surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, spectacular vistas can be found at every turn... So... relax, unwind, enjoy Colorado cuisine and locally crafted ale, visit unique shops and art galleries, or simply just explore the surrounding forests, rich with beauty and endless recreational activities.


Dumont - Lawson - Downieville Dumont, Lawson, and Downieville are three small unincorporated communities located along the I-70 corridor between Idaho Springs and Empire. Today these communities are home to a few businesses and offer access to trail systems for outdoor enthusiasts!

Just Remember - The park closes one hour after sunset and reopens one hour after sunrise. No fires, camping, or overnight parking allowed. No cutting or removing of trees.

Users assume all liability for risks associated with park activities. Helmets and personal flotation devices are recommended. Conditions can change quickly, so know your abilities and your limits. Stay in the area of the park as obstructions to navigation exist downstream. There is no lifeguard on duty. Getting Here - From Denver, take I-70 west to exit 234 onto County Road 308. At the stop sign, continue west on County Road 308 to Alvarado Road where you will take a left. Cross over the bridge, travel about 400 feet, and the Whitewater Park is on the right. (Note: Lawson Whitewater Park is just about one mile off the interstate.)

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Lawson is home to our Whitewater Park which offers several in stream structures and the original Lawson Hole. The Lawson Whitewater Park is used for a rafting put in and is great for recreational kayaking, fishing, and splashing fun! The park includes over 400 feet of trails, terracing, and public access points. There is parking, public restrooms, and a changing area.

Dogs must be on leash and please clean up after your dog. Please dispose of trash properly, as this is bear and mountain lion habitat.

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Empire Empire is one of Clear Creek County’s hidden gems. Located just off I-70 on US Highway 40 at the bottom of Berthoud Pass in a sunny star-shaped valley traversed by Clear Creek, Empire is an ideal location and a great base for mountain adventures, refreshing tranquility, or a mix of both. Surrounded by stately evergreens and towering mountains, try your hand at angling for the elusive trout in numerous lakes, or explore the backcountry on 4-wheel-drive roads. Whether you want to experience the thrill of snowshoeing in a pristine valley, shopping for stained glass artwork and antiques or enjoying a delicious ice cream cone, Empire is the perfect destination. Come spend some time strolling down Historic Park Avenue where you can enjoy unique shopping and dining opportunities. Historically: As land was gobbled up by the first miners to Idaho Springs, miners from Central City were descending upon Empire. The first gold discovery was made by Henry DeWitt Clinton Cowles and Edgar F. Freeman. In the fall of 1860 they struck silver, which was the first true fissure lode ever discovered in Colorado. By 1861 a citizens committee had formed to define boundaries, draft laws, and name the mountains and streams.

After more than 30 years, Empire’s Historic Peck House Hotel and Restaurant closed in April 2014.

Empire enjoyed prosperity from 1861 to 1865. When the easy gold played out, silver in Georgetown provided the siren song pulling many miners from Empire. By 1873 Congress removed silver parity with gold and demonetized silver. Overnight Empire was booming again. By 1875 the Union Pass road to Georgetown was complete as well as the Georgetown, Middle Park, and Empire wagon road over the great Snowy Range to Grand County. Today the four mile Union Pass road still exists as a hiking trail. Empire is also home to the “Original” Hard Rock Cafe, which started in 1934 to provide a café and sleeping dormitory for miners. Dwayne Lewis opened Lewis Sweet shop in 1951. Jenny’s Restaurant was built around 1863 and has served as a bar, restaurant, poker parlor, feed and grain store, gas station and bakery. Today all three remain open as restaurants!

Did you know?

Empire began as a gold mining camp in the 1860s and was called Valley City until 1882 when it was incorporated as the Town of Empire. The Mountain Utes were the first to enjoy this “Valley of Big Timber” where their ceremonial camping grounds existed. Take a tour through Minton Park and the Miners’ Cemetery where the elaborate headstones are some of the best preserved in the area. Although the Utes and gold miners are gone, Empire has retained its charm. Come see for yourself and spend some time with us.


Georgetown the picturesque Devil’s Gate Bridge while pumping out the rhythmic steam “I think I can, I think I can.” Also, be sure to visit the Hamill House, Hotel de Paris Museum, Georgetown’s Firefighting Museum, Energy Museum, or the new Heritage Center to see how the Victorian community thrived at the height of the mining era.

In June 1860, the Griffith Mining District was formed and soon afterwards the Town of Georgetown followed. From its humble beginnings as a small mining camp, Georgetown continues to attract those seeking something very special. First it was the magic of gold and silver ore, now it’s the beauty and ambiance of this picturesque town surrounded by the stunning Rocky Mountains.

Georgetown is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream where you can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, 4-wheeling, camping under starry summer nights, and exploring to your heart’s content. Georgetown is part of the Silver Heritage Area which spans the Continental Divide at Loveland Ski Area to Empire Junction and you can get lost in the solitude of our mountains and valleys.

Georgetown is a National Historic Landmark District where you will experience an incredible blend of past and present and the difference is almost imperceptible. You may feel it as you stroll the side walks or visit the meticulously restored buildings filled with exciting shops and restaurants. Enjoy an ice cream cone with your family or find a souvenir that will remind you of your trip year after year!

Three of Clear Creek County’s 14,000-foot peaks are located just outside of Georgetown and climbing to the summit is a wonderful way to take in the grandeur of the area. There is truly nothing quite like a “Colorado Rocky Mountain High!” Mt. Bierstadt is located just off the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway where you can get out and explore the numerous hiking trails. Or venture over to Grays Peak and Torreys Peak where you can summit two peaks in one trip!

To truly step back in time, take a trip on the Georgetown Loop Railroad® as it makes its way up the mountain to the Historic community of Silver Plume. This incredible narrow gauge train traverses Clear Creek and circles over itself at

Whether your visit is for the day or the week, the friendly staff at the Gateway Visitor Center or the Community Center will be delighted to help you.

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In 1858, two Kentucky-born boys, George and David Griffith, set out west to stake a claim near George Jackson’s discoveries but arrived too late. Instead, they opted to follow the creek toward the snowy range and discovered gold on August 1, 1859 at the base of the mountain that today bears the family name.

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Silver Plume To stroll down the dirt main street of Silver Plume is like taking a step back in time. The small Victorian houses you pass by were homes to Colorado’s earliest silver miners during the 1870s. Imagine dirt streets filled with braying mules, bustling shops, and saloons as Italian and Cornish immigrants return home from the mines that tower above town. Today less than 200 residents make this their year round home, but during the peak of its population, between 1885 to 1905, more than 2,000 people lived in this community. The history of the Rocky Mountain West lives in Silver Plume. From the silver mines which gave Silver Plume its name, to the small downtown Main Street, Silver Plume is full of picturesque buildings and that create an exciting atmosphere of history and adventure. While in Silver Plume be sure to visit the George Rowe Museum, which was the schoolhouse and the center of activity in the community’s past. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day as well as weekends in September. Take a self guided walking tour of the Clifford Griffin Monument located just above Silver Plume honoring the owner of the Seven-Thirty Mine. Or perhaps you would like to enjoy an overnight stay at one of the beautiful bed and breakfasts followed by an afternoon train ride aboard the Historic Georgetown Loop Railroad from the Silver Plume Depot.


[ White Water Rafting ] Clear Creek is approximately 66 miles long, headwaters just northwest of Grays Peak and joining the South Platte near the junction of I-76 and Hwy 224. The Creek was famous as the location of the most intense early mining and provided the route of the Colorado Central Railroad. Clear Creek was originally named Cannonball Creek as early as 1820, called so by the French hunters of the expedition of Stephen H. Long. In the 1830s it became known as Vasquez Fork, also Vasquez River, after the fur trader Louis Vasquez who had his fort at the mouth of the river and trapped along it. Clear Creek gained its present name during the gold rush in 1859. Kayakers’ discovered Clear Creek in the early 1950s but when construction of I-70 started they left. Commercial rafting started on Clear Creek in 1989 and has since grown to be one of Colorado’s most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations.

are typically located between Idaho Springs and The Tributary, previously known as Kermit’s. Intermediate rapids can be found along the Creek in Dumont and Lawson. The lower canyon is considered advanced, which leads into “Black Rock” expert rapids which can be thrilling just to WATCH. Our rafting season is dependent upon the amount of snow on this side of the Continental Divide. When the snow starts melting at Loveland Ski Area it takes approximately 24 hours to come down Clear Creek to Lawson. The water will ebb and flow with the temperatures. White water rafting on Clear Creek is totally dependent on Mother Nature. Rain will augment the water especially when a large upstream rain storm sends that ‘chocolate milk’ rushing in. When 2 week Peak (Engelmann Peak) loses it’s snow we typically have 2 weeks left.

Clear Creek has an average gradient of 67 feet per mile, and over 100 feet per mile on the advanced sections of the river. That simply translates to more rapids per mile. This in conjunction with proximity to Denver makes Clear Creek very accessible. Clear Creek offers perfect beginner class rapids as well as intermediate, advanced, and expert. Beginner rapids

Article courtesy of Suzen Raymond, Mile Hi Rafting & ATV Tours

• A1 Wildwater Please call us for seasonal address www.a1wildwater.com (970) 224-3379

• Colorado Adventure Center 2697 Stanley Road, Dumont www.raftingcolorado.com (970) 945-6737

• Adventure Company Please call us for seasonal address www.theadventurecompany.com (719) 395-6494 or (800) 497-7238

• Downstream Adventures 107 Co Rd 308, Dumont www.downstreamadventures.com (844) 291-4218

• Adventures in Whitewater Please call us for seasonal address www.adventuresinwhitewater.com (970) 724-1122

• GeoTours Whitewater Raft Trips Please call us for seasonal address www.georafting.com (303) 756-6070

• All American Adventures 1801 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.raftdenver.com (303) 552-2584

• Independent Whitewater, Inc. Please call us for seasonal address www.independentrafting.com (713) 539-7737

• AVA Idaho Springs 431 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.coloradorafting.net (970) 423-7031 or (800) 370-0581

• KODI Rafting Please call us for seasonal address www.whitewatercolorado.com (970) 668-1548 or (877) 747-RAFT

• Raft Masters 2804 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs www.raftmasters.com (800) 568-7238 or (719) 275-6645

• Browns Canyon Rafting Please call us for seasonal address www.raftbrownscanyon.com (719) 275-2890

• Liquid Descent 1896 Stanley Road, Idaho Springs www.liquiddescent.com (970) 372-2870

• Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting 1313 Idaho Street, Idaho Springs www.gorafting.com (303) 900-4802

• Clear Creek Rafting Co. 350 Whitewater Road, Idaho Springs www.clearcreekrafting.com (303) 567-1000

• Mad Adventures 20 West Dumont Road, Dumont www.madadventures.com (970) 726-5290 or (800) 451-4844

• Timberline Tours Please call us for seasonal address www.timberlinetours.com (800) 831-1414

• Mile-Hi Rafting and ATV Tours 3627 Alvarado Road, Dumont www.milehirafting.com (303) 567-0717 • Performance Tours, Inc. 1041 County Road 308, Downieville www.performancetours.com (800) 328-7238 • Premium Adventure Tours Please call us for seasonal address (855) 372-7238

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ATV Tours • ATV Experience 8604 Fall River Road, Idaho Springs www.atvexperience.com (303) 408-2470 ATV Experience is an exciting ecotour company sharing the great outdoors and fun of ATV riding with the world! ATV Experience operates guided tours with ATVs and UTVs on designated routes, as well as combination ATV and hiking tours to get the best of both worlds! • Mile Hi Rafting and ATV Tours 3627 Alvarado Road, Dumont www.milehirafting.com (303) 567-0717 Join us for an exciting adventure atop an ATV or our new Polaris Ranger UTV Vehicle. Tours are available 7 days a week all year long, weather permitting - A little snow adds to the fun!

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Challenge Course

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• Lawson Adventure Park 3424 Alvarado Road, Lawson www.lawsonadventurepark.com (855) 372-7238 Our 8 element challenge course is sure to please! No matter how you experience our course users are sure to walk away with a sense of accomplishment and a fun way to build confidence and inner strength.

Fishing/Hunting Licenses Horse Back Riding • Clear Creek Outdoors 1524 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.clearcreekflyfishing.com (303) 567-1500 • Downieville Fuel Stop Sinclair 1039 County Rd. #308, Downieville (303) 567-4730 • Safeway 2425 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-4471

Frisbee Golf • Easter Seals Colorado at Rocky Mountain Village 2644 Alvarado Road, Empire www.dgcoursereview.com www.easterseals.com/co (303) 569-2333 (Closed for camp May18th - August 18th) • Lawson Adventure Park 3424 Alvarado Road, Lawson www.lawsonadventurepark.com (855) 372-7238

Hot Springs • Indian Hot Springs 302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.indianhotsprings.com (303) 989-6666 Soak your cares away in the hot mineral springs once shared by the Ute and Arapahoe Indians.

• A&A Historic Trails 188 Alps Hill Road, Central City www.aastables.com (303) 567-4808 Horseback riding enthusiasts can take hourly scenic trail rides through the mountains located just outside of Idaho Springs. A&A offers rides through aspen meadows with views of the Continental Divide and Mount Evans, as well as rides through historical gold mines and graveyards and day trips to Central City casinos. May-December, weather permitting.

Gear Rentals • Black Diamond Ski and Cycles 1540 Argentine St., Georgetown www.blackdiamondskiandcycles.com

(303) 569-2283 • Breeze Ski & Snowboard Rentals 999 County Rd. 308, Downieville www.skirentals.com (303)629-0111 • Empire Sports 1041 County Road 308, Downieville www.ski-empiresports.com (303) 567-2996 • Exit 240 Ski & Bike Rental 1313 Idaho St., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2220 www.gotskirental.com


• Loveland Ski Area Sport Shop Exit 216 Interstate 70, Georgetown www.skiloveland.com (303) 571-5580 • Maison De Ski 2804 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2044 www.maisondeski.com • TBS Snowboard Shop 1041b County Road 308, Downieville (303) 567-9279 • The Bike Shop, A Culture of Speed 1743 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.facebook.com/CultureOfSpeed (720) 410-2100

Ice Racing • Our Gang Ice Racing Club Georgetown Lake, Georgetown www.ourgangiceracing.com (303) 331-2886 Our Gang 4 Wheelers has been holding ice racing events in Colorado for over 40 years. Events are open to the public and welcome all 4 wheel drive and AWD vehicles. The racing season typically spans 6 weekends from January through February, followed by an awards banquet after the season.

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• ECHO Mountain Resort 19285 Highway 103, Idaho Springs www.echomountainresort.com Surrounded by mountain beauty, Echo Mountain Resort is the closest ski resort to Denver, only a short drive from downtown. Whether you’re riding the terrain park, polishing up your racing skills, learning how to ski or just in need of a place to relax, Echo Mountain has something for everyone to enjoy. Come visit and let traditions begin!

• AVA Colorado Zipline Tours 431 Chicago Creek Rd., Idaho Springs www.coloradozipline.net (800) 370-0581 Our cliff-side zipline course is perched high above our outpost on a wooded mountainside with 6 zips of varying lengths and intensity taking you through paths of beautiful cliffs and trees with drops to satisfy even the adrenaline junkie. Conclude with a zip over Chicago Creek for a photo finish!

• Loveland Ski Area Exit 216 Interstate 70, Georgetown www.skiloveland.com (303) 571-5580 Near to the hearts and homes of generations of Colorado skiers and riders, Loveland is Colorado’s true winter wonderland. Just 53 miles west of Denver, Loveland boasts 1,800 acres of remarkable terrain, FREE snowcat skiing along the Continental Divide, an innovative lesson program and more snow than any Front Range or Summit County resort. Loveland is home for those that simply want to ski or ride.

• Colorado Adventure Center Zipline Adventures 2697 Stanley Road, Dumont www.zippingcolorado.com (877) ZIP-RAFT or (800) 808-0357 Experience the thrill of soaring through the tree tops with breath taking views. Climb sky high 65 foot towers and experience zipping on 8 separate zips totaling a mile of zip lines while crossing over rafters on Clear Creek. Zip lines vary in length with the longest being ¼ mile long. Don’t forget to ask about raft and zip packages offered at their first class basecamp facility located right on Clear Creek.

Be sure to ask about the Day Tripper package that includes everything you need for a great day on the slopes: a full-day lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental, jacket, pants, gloves, and goggles!

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• HARB Ski Systems 107 County Road 308, Dumont www.harbskisystems.com (303) 567-0679


All Aboard! The Georgetown Loop Railroad® was one of the first visitor attractions in Colorado. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. In 1959, the centennial year of the discovery of gold in Georgetown, the Colorado Historical Society (today’s History Colorado) created the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park®. Over time the Society negotiated a donation of mining claims and mills along with 978 acres of land. Rail line construction began in 1973 as the Colorado Historical Society began restoring the railroad as part of its Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park®.

Timeline: Georgetown Summer 1859: Following the great gold rush, the Griffith brothers from Kentucky traveled to Central City. Finding the area overcrowded, they continued on following the south fork of Clear Creek toward the gold discoveries at present Idaho Springs. Within two days, George Griffith hits pay dirt. The news travels quickly and a small and growing settlement begins, known as “George’s Town.”

1864: After the collapse of the gold-mining era, silver is discovered in the area and Georgetown booms again bringing experienced miners from California and Nevada who realize previous mining attempts in the town and surrounding mountainside had been weak, leading to the formation of the Argentine Mining District. 1866: By year’s end, Georgetown is growing faster than any other Colorado community. Small hotels are opening up for tourists but the town still lacks a railroad.

October 1871: Representatives from Georgetown meet with officials of the Colorado Central Railroad to discuss a better way to transport the millions of dollars of ore coming out of the region.

Timeline: The Railroad December 1872: The first railroad line up Clear Creek Canyon reaches Black Hawk. The construction, funded by bonds from Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties, was organized by William A.H. Loveland, a “fifty-niner” and proponent of the Colorado Central railroad. 1877: The railroad reaches Idaho Springs thanks to financier Jay Gould who controlled the Union Pacific (UP) and supplied the necessary funds to complete both the route to Idaho Springs and the later route to Georgetown. The railroad opens access for freight, ore, consumers and passengers to Georgetown. The Rocky Mountains are open for tourists.

1879: Georgetown becomes the “Silver Queen of Colorado” for only a short time that year when news of large silver strikes spread across the region from Leadville, one of the greatest strikes to date. Jay Gould strives to have the Colorado Central be the first rail line to reach Leadville. The track to reach Leadville from Georgetown is an obstacle due to narrowing of the valley west of the city and an area where the average grade is over 6 percent (too steep for most trains). UP chief engineer Jacob Blickensderfer devises a system of curves and bridges reducing the average grade to 3 percent. The plan includes three hair pin turns, four bridges and a 30-degree horseshoe curve from Georgetown to Silver Plume. 1884: The first trains arrive in Silver Plume. Another line, the Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG), is completed into Leadville from the south. Gould’s interest in pushing the Georgetown line over the mountains wanes. The Georgetown, Breckenridge and Leadville Railroad line ends permanently a few miles past Silver Plume. 1880s and into the early 1900s: The community and the Georgetown Loop become a tourist center for those who venture west to encounter the wild ruggedness and romance. Tourism in the West develops around railroad excursions. With seven trains a day running out of Denver at the height of its popularity, the Georgetown Loop is Colorado’s scenic “must see” and a deal at only $3 round-trip. Guidebooks and postcards help send the images of the steep canyons and mountain peaks accessible by train across the nation.


Early 1900s: The advent of the automobile brings mountain tourists to Colorado, but dramatically reduces excursion train trip revenues for the railroad. The Georgetown Loop runs two trains a day from May through September only. 1938: The last of the trains run from Denver to Silver Plume. The line from Idaho Springs to Silver Plume is abandoned and the Georgetown Loop dismantled ending a colorful era in railroad history. 1940s: The demand for manpower on the battlefields and in supply production during World War II prompts the final closing of Georgetown’s gold and silver mines, compounding railroad losses.

1985: The historic Silver Plume Depot is restored.

1986: An engine house is completed to service locomotives. The Colorado Historical Society also completes a series of interpretive markers throughout the park ranging from historic events to the park’s geology and natural history.

1987 to Present: Additional visitor amenities continue to be added including hiking trails, restrooms, and new loading platforms. At the Silver Plume Depot, a new car building interprets and displays rolling stock and other railroadrelated exhibits.

1941: The final miles of track from Golden to Idaho Springs are closed.

1959: The centennial celebration of the discovery of gold in Georgetown and the surrounding areas is formed under the leadership of James Grafton Rogers, chair of the Colorado Historical Society’s board of directors. Almost 100 acres of mining claims and mills are donated including the LebanonEverett mines. The Society begins a program of land acquisition and lease with plans to eventually reconstruct the entire length of the Georgetown Loop.

1969: Work begins on opening the Lebanon mine tunnel. The tunnel is cleared its full length and wired for lighting. Excavation outside uncovers the sites of four mine buildings apparent in historic photographs including a blacksmith shop, a miners’ change room or “dry,” a mine manager’s office and a tool shed. 1973: Construction of the rail line begins after the UP donates the track and ties for the reconstruction of the Georgetown Loop. Rolling stock is gathered and bridges set in place.

1975: The first operating season of the new Georgetown Loop operates on a small portion of completed track. 1977: The line slowly lengthens from Silver Plume and tracks reach the upper end of Devil’s Gate. 1978: The historic buildings at the Lebanon mine are reconstructed and opened to the public and visitors. The Lebanon Mill is stabilized and rebuilt through the Society’s work with historians, archaeologists and a preservation architect.

August 1, 1984: Governor Richard D. Lamm dedicates the Devil’s Gate High Bridge, and the entire reconstruction of the Georgetown Loop is complete and open for visitors. A replica of the High Bridge was completed in 1984 - just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its original construction. August 19, 1985: The Colorado Historical Society turns its attention to increasing visitor facilities and historical interpretation. The Morrison Valley Center in Georgetown, now known as the Devil’s Gate Station, is officially dedicated.

The Lebanon Extension Mine Tour* The New Lebanon Extension mine tour goes into the newly re-opened southwest Lebanon access tunnel. This tour takes you over 900 feet into Leavenworth Mountain. This tunnel follows a section of the Hise ore body that extends from the silver mines of Silver Plume to the Silver Queen mine in Georgetown. You will see naturally occurring “silver pearls”, calcified hobnail boot prints, calcite dams, and stalactites that are over 100 years old. The Everett Silver Mine* Recently reopened, the Everett Mine gives visitors a sense of when the mine was in operation in the late 1880s. The lighting is set to a level similar to the candle lights the miners would have been using, and exhibits the transition from hand drilling to mechanical drilling, the differences between black powder and dynamite blasting, ore removal, timbering and tunnel construction. Guests also pan for gold and take home everything they find! *Mine tours typically add another hour and a half to your train trip, are not available on the last train departure of the day, and are not available with Parlor Class Service. Also, please note the mine tour is not recommended for young children who cannot walk the entire distance on their own, anyone who is mobility impaired in any way, or those who might have a problem at 9,000 feet in elevation. Strollers and wheelchairs are not permitted.

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1982: A $1 million grant from the Boettcher Foundation, in honor of E. Warren Willard, a former partner of Boettcher & Company and a board member of the Colorado Historical Society, finances the final segment of the railroad’s reconstruction, the Devil’s Gate High Bridge.

The Lebanon Silver Mine* Enhance your train ride with an optional walking tour of the Lebanon Silver Mine, located at the halfway point on the railroad. The tour takes you 500 feet into a mine tunnel bored in the 1870s. Your guide will point out rich veins of silver and tell you about early-day mining. The tour also includes visits to the manager’s office, and the miners’ change room.

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Idaho Springs • • 6 & 40 Motel 2920 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2691 • Argo Inn and Suites 2622 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.argoinnandsuites.com (303) 567-4473 • Blackstone Rivers Ranch 3673 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.blackstoneriversranch.com (303) 567-2339 • Blair Motel 345 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 431-0637 • Call of the Canyon Cabins 104 West Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.canyoncabins.com (303) 567-0170 • Columbine Inn 2545 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.columbineinn.info (303) 567 0948 • H & H Motor Lodge 2445 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.hhlodge.com (303)567-2838 • Idaho Springs Motel 2631 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2242

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• Indian Hot Springs 302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.indianhotsprings.com (303) 989-6666

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• J C Suites 2729 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.jcsuites.com (303) 567-9263

• Miner’s Pick B&B 1639 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.theminerspick.com (303) 567-4870 • Mt. Evans Trout Fishing & Cabins 4125 Highway 103, Idaho Springs www.mtevanstroutfishing.com (303) 567-4017 • Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Highway 103 and Forest Road 192.1, Idaho Springs www.recreation.gov (303) 567-3000 • The Silver Lake Lodge B&B 336 Crest Drive, Idaho Springs www.thesilverlakelodge.com (303) 567-9299 • Top’s Motel 2725 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-4177

Empire • Easter Seals Colorado at Rocky Mountain Village (Closed for camp May18th - August 18th) 2644 Alvarado Road, Empire www.coloradodirectory.com/easterseals www.easterseals.com/co (303) 569-2333 • Mad Creek Guesthouse 167 West Park Avenue, Empire (303) 569-2003

Lawson • Lawson Adventure Park Cabins and Campground (Coming Soon) 3424 Alvarado Road, Lawson www.lawsonadventurepark.com (855) 372-7238

Georgetown • Clear Creek Inn (Opening 2017) 610 7th Street, Georgetown (312) 925-7996 • Georgetown Mountain Inn 1100 Rose Street, Georgetown www.georgetownmountaininn.com (303) 569-3201 • Historic St. James Vacation Rental 614 Rose Street, Georgetown (303) 569-3100 • Horstmann House B&B 400 9th Street, Georgetown www.horstmannhousebb.com (303) 569-3038 • Hotel Chateau Chamonix 1414 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.hotelchateauchamonix.com (303) 569-1109 • Saxon Mountain Vacation Home 350 Saxon Mtn. Road, Georgetown (303) 674-8665 • Super 8 Georgetown 1600 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.super8.com (303) 569-3211

Silver Plume • Silver Valley Bed and Breakfast 1467 Silver Valley Road, Silver Plume (702) 772-6496 • The Historic Windsor Hotel Bed and Breakfast 515 Woodward Street, Silver Plume (303) 569-2161


Places to Stay . . .

Under the Stars... • Clear Lake* Campground Sites: 8 Elevation: 10,000 feet Vehicle Length: 15-25 feet Standard Site Fee: $13 non-reservable Location: 4 miles south of Georgetown on Guanella Pass Road Activities: Hiking, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Viewing • Cold Springs* Campground Sites: 38 Elevation: 9,200 feet Vehicle Length: 32-50 feet Standard Site Fee: $16 Location: 5 miles north of Blackhawk on Highway 119 Activities: Scenic Driving • Columbine* Campground Sites: 47 Elevation: 9,200 feet Vehicle Length: 20-55 feet Standard Site Fee: $15 Location: 2.5 miles northwest of Central City on County Road 3 Activities: Mountain Biking, 4-Wheel Driving • Cottonwood RV Camp Campground Sites: 28 Elevation: 7,750 feet Vehicle Length: Large RV’s okay Standard Site Fee: $34-40 Location: 1485 Highway 103, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2617 www.cottonwoodrvcolorado.com

* Reservations are not required, but encouraged: visit www.recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777

• Echo Lake* Campground Sites: 18 Elevation: 10,600 feet Vehicle Length: 20-55 feet Standard Site Fee: $15 Location: 14 miles south of Idaho Springs at the Highway 103 and Highway 5 junction Activities: Hiking, Scenic Driving, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing • Guanella Pass* Campground Sites: 18 Elevation: 10,900 feet Vehicle Length: 35-45 feet Standard Site Fee: $15 Location: 9 miles south of Georgetown on Guanella Pass Road Activities: Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Scenic Driving • KOA Denver West/Central City Campground Sites: 60+ Elevation: 8,490 feet Vehicle Length: 80 feet Max Length Location: 10 miles outside of Idaho Springs off Casino Parkway at 605 Lake Gulch Road, Central City (303) 582-3043 www.koa.com/campgrounds/ denver-west/

• Mizpah - Closed Indefinitely Campground Sites: 0 • Pickle Gulch* Campground Sites: 6, limit 30 people/site, walk-in tents only. Reservations required. Elevation: 9,200 feet. Standard Site Fee: $40 - $55 Location: 4 miles north of Blackhawk off Highway 119 • West Chicago Creek* Campground Sites: 16 Elevation: 9,600 feet Vehicle Length: 30-45 feet Standard Site Fee: $14 nonreservable location Location: 3 miles off Highway 103 on West Chicago Creek Road Activities: Hiking


Idaho Springs • Annie’s Gold and Collectibles 1514 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.anniesgold.us (303) 567-2268 • Antiques on Colorado Boulevard South by Southwest Thrifty Decor 2712 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2428 • Artisan’s Jewelry Colorado Mountain Gems 1447 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2789 • Canyon Outpost 1508 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2906

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• Canyon Trading 1527 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.canyontradingco.wordpress.com (303) 567-4116

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• Clear Creek Outdoors 1524 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.clear-creek-outdoors.myshopify.com (303) 567-1500 • Clear Creek Supply/Car Quest 2448 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2693 • Colorado Souvenirs and Gifts 1503 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2630

• Echo Lake Lodge Gift Shop 13264 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.echolakelodgeco.com (303) 567-2138

• Majestic Gallery 1636 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.themajesticgallery.com (303) 567-9303

• Echos 1608 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 718-1605

• Margie’s Place Gift Store 1534 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.facebook.com/margiesplace (303) 567-9383

• Fall River Botanicals 1535 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.fallriverbotanicals.com (303) 567-0152

• Miner Decadence 1536 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.minerdecadence.com (303) 567-1704

• Georgetown Valley Candy Company 1501 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.shopgvcc.com (720) 242-9524

• Mountain Tool and Feed 2195 East Idaho Springs Road, Idaho Springs www.mountaintoolandfeed.com (303) 567-0122

• Grow in Peace 1241 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.growinpeace.com (303) 567-GROW (4769)

• Queens Wardrobe Thrift Shoppe 1402 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2382

• Gypsum Rose Minerals & Fossils 1800 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2219

• Ski Country Antiques 114 Homestead Road, Evergreen www.skicountryantiques.com (303) 670-8726

• Jewelry by Antonio 1506 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 216-0708

• The Bee’s Knees 1430 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (702) 236-0187

• Kind Mountain Collective 1535 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.mkt.com/KindMountain (720) 514-9278

• The Bike Shop, A Culture of Speed 1743 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.facebook.com/CultureOfSpeed (720) 410-2100


Shopping . . .

• The Emporium 1620 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.theirishemporium.com (303) 567-1151 • The Gold Mine Smoke Shop 1800 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.thegoldminesmokeshop.com (303) 567-2514 • The Soap Shop 1542 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.sudsorama.com (303) 567-0428 • The Squatch Store 2195 East Idaho Springs Road, Idaho Springs (720) 504-3412 • The Wild Grape 1435 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.wild-grape.com (303) 567-4670 • Town Office Supply 1437 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-9222 • Tibet Jewel 1434 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (720) 412-6383 • Vivid Earth Tie Dyes 1535 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.vividearth.com (800) 233-5416

Dumont/ Downieville • Breeze/Max 999 County Road 308, Downieville www.skirentals.com (303)629-0111 • Empire Sports 1041 County Road 308, Downieville www.skiempiresports.com (303) 567-2996 • HARB Ski Systems 107 County Road 308, Downieville www.harbskisystems.com (303) 567-0679 • TBS. Board Shop 1041b County Road 308, Downieville (303) 567-9279

Empire • East Park Avenue Antiques 6 East Park Avenue, Empire www.eastparkavenue.com (303) 569-3210 • Glenbrook Gallery 125 West Park Avenue, Empire www.ColoradoCreations.net (303) 569-3000 • J.R. Clockmaker 42 East Park Avenue, Empire www.jrclockmaker.com (303) 919-6182

Georgetown

• Black Diamond Ski and Cycles 1540 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.blackdiamondskirentals.com (303) 569-2283 • Buckskin Trading Company 506 6th Street, Georgetown www.buckskintradingcompany.com (303) 569-2050 • Clear Creek Glass & Gifts 610 7th Street, Georgetown www.ClearCreekGlass.com (970) 389-6855 • Colorado Mountain Art Gallery 406 6th Street, Georgetown www.coloradomountainartgallery.com (303) 569-2787


• End of The Line Colorado Wear 503 6th Street, Georgetown www.georgetownloopgifts.com (303) 569-2058 • Family Dollar 1560 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2076 • Georgetown Gallery of Fine Art 614a Sixth Street, Georgetown www.georgetowngalleryco.com (303) 569-2218

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• Georgetown Rock Shop 501 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2750

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• Georgetown Valley Candy Company 500 6th Street, Georgetown www.shopgvcc.com (303) 569-2778 • Grizzly Creek Gallery, Inc. 512 6th Street, Georgetown www.grizzlycreekgallery.com (303) 569-0433

• Kneisel & Anderson Grocery Store 511 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2650

• Shoppe International 608 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2495

• Mad Mike’s Outdoor Gear & Espresso Bar 1416 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 912-2207

• Stonehenge Gallery 514 6th Street, Georgetown www.stonehengecolorado.com (303) 569-2153

• Ophelia’s Antiques 606 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2336

• The Gift Mine 511 Taos Street, Georgetown (303) 589-3747

• Railroad Art by Scotty 509 6th Street, Georgetown www.railroadart.com (800) 546-5018

• The Silver Fox 507 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-5162

• Rocky Mountain Miniatures 614 Rose Street, Georgetown www.rocky-mountain-miniatures.com (303) 569-3100 • Santa Fe Trail Jewelry 614 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-0400

• The Trading Post 510 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-3375 • The Quilted Purl 600 Rose Street, Georgetown www.thequiltedpurl.com (303) 569-1115 • Three Bears Trading Co. 505 Rose Street, Georgetown (303) 569-5093


The Idaho Springs Farmers Market takes place every Friday from 9am until 2pm, June through September in Courtney RileyCooper Park, 2350 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs. From produce to unique artisans and local businesses, there is something here for everyone! This event is hosted by the Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce and is free to attend. For more information please visit: www.idahospringschamber.org

Georgetown's Annual Christmas Market The Annual Georgetown Christmas Market takes place the first two full weekends in December on 6th Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Georgetown. Come experience a traditional Holiday where Christmas hasn’t changed in 100 years: roasted chestnuts, shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, along with wonderful sights and smells. A Christmas tradition for generations of Colorado families, and hopefully you will begin making it a tradition of your own! This event is hosted by Historic Georgetown and is free to attend. For more information please visit: www.historicgeorgetown.org

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Idaho Springs • Azteca Mexican Restaurant 1628 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.restaurantazteca.com (303) 567-2933 • Beau Jo’s Pizza 1517 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.beaujos.com (303) 567-4376 • Bouck Brothers Distilling 2731 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.bouckbros.com (303) 567-2547 • Buffalo Restaurant and Bar 1617 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.buffalorestaurant.com (720) 502-3121

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• Marion’s of the Rockies 2805 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2925

• Carl’s Jr. 2901 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2255

• McDonalds 2911 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-1410

• Cherry Blossom Asian Cuisine 2700 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-1166

• Miner Decadence 1536 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-1704

• DaRivuh Fish & BBQ Company 1446 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.darivuh.com (303) 963-5901

• MTN Prime 1600 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.mtnprime.com (720) 428-8515

• Del Rio Taco 2384 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2408

• Picci’s Pizzeria & Bakery 2731 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.piccispizzeria.com (303) 567-0345

• Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant 13264 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.echolakelodgeco.com (303) 567-2138

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• Main Street Restaurant 1518 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.mainstrestaurant.com (303) 567-2788

• Pick Axe Pizza 1637 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.pickaxepizza.com (303) 567-2148

• Georgetown Valley Candy Co. 1501 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.shopgvcc.com (720) 242-9524

• Smokin’ Yards BBQ 2736 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.smokinyards.com (303) 567-9273

• GyroX 1641 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-4976

• Starbucks Coffee 2900 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2578

• Hilldaddy’s Wildfire Restaurant 2910 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.hilldaddyswildfire.com (303) 567-2775

• Subway 2900 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 790-0184

• Sugar Plum 1845 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-4470 • Sunshine Express Cafe 1856 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.sunshineexpressco.com (720) 203-4878 • The Frothy Cup 1510 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.thefrothycup.com (303) 567-2622 • The Tributary at 244 Restaurant & Bar 33295 US-6, Idaho Springs Just east of Idaho Springs at Exit 244 www.thetributary244.com (303) 567-2227 • Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub 1401 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.tommyknocker.com (303) 567-2688 • Two Brothers Deli 1424 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.twobrothersdeli.com (303) 567-2439 • Vintage Moose 123 16th Avenue, Idaho Springs www.facebook.com/TheVintageMoose (303) 567-2375 • Westbound & Down Brewery 1609 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.westboundanddown.com (720) 502-3121 • West Winds Tavern 1633 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-0982


Georgetown

• Taco Bell 1073 County Rd. #308, Dumont (303) 567-2175

• A Whistle Stop Cafe 1400 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 569-5053

• Starbucks Coffee 999 County Rd. #308, Downieville (303) 567-4530

• Alpine Restaurant 1106 Rose Street, Georgetown www.alpinerestaurantgeorgetown.com (303) 569-0200

• Subway 1039 County Rd. #308, Downieville (303) 567-4213

Empire

• Blue Sky Cafe 1510 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 719-0317

• Empire Dairy King 181 East Park Avenue, Empire (303) 569-3103

• Cake 710 6th Street, Georgetown www.georgetowncake.com (303) 569-5043

• Hard Rock Cafe, The Original 18 East Park Avenue, Empire (303) 569-5028

• End of the Line Ice Cream Fountain 503 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2058

• Jenny’s Restaurant 4 West Park Avenue, Empire www.jennysofempire.com (303) 569-2570

• Euro Grill Restaurant 1025 Rose Street Georgetown www.eurogrillrestaurant.com (303) 569-2126

• Lewis Sweet Shop 208 East Park Avenue, Empire www.lewissweetshop.com (303) 569-2379

• Georgetown Market 1204 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.facebook.com/georgetownmarketco (303) 569-2464

• Subway 83 East Park Avenue, Empire (303) 507-2731

• Georgetown Valley Candy Co 500 6th Street, Georgetown www.shopgvcc.com (303) 569-2778 • Kaffehuset (Coffee House) 612 6th Street, Georgetown (720) 643-9996 • Lil’ Annie’s Cafe 507 Rose Street, Georgetown (303) 569-5143

• Lucha Cantina 606 6th Street, Georgetown www.luchacantina.com (303) 569-2300 • Mad Mike’s Espresso Bar 1416 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 912-2207 • Mother’s Saloon 601 14th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2080 • Mountainbuzz Cafe & Pizzeria 1200 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.mountainbuzzcafe.com (303) 569-2020 • Mountain Girl Bakery 405 6th Street, Georgetown www.mtngirlbakery.com (303) 569-1112 • Subway 1502 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 569-0140 • The Dusty Rose Tea Room 614 Rose Street, Georgetown www.dustyrosetearoom.com (303) 569-3100 • Cooper’s on the Creek 1500 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.coopersonthecreek.com • The Happy Cooker 412 6th Street, Georgetown www.happycookerrestaurant.com (303) 569-3166 • Troia’s Cafe & Marketplace 511 Rose Street, Georgetown (303) 569-5014 • Yogurt Express 612 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-5090

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Gold & Silver Mine Tours • Argo Gold Mill Mine Museum 2350 Riverside Drive, Idaho Springs www.argomilltour.com (303) 567-2421 In 1894 the longest mining tunnel in the world connected Idaho Springs and Central City. This historic mine and mill tour with gold and gem stone panning is open year round, weather permitting. Fee.

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• Edgar Experimental Mine 365 Eighth Avenue, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2911 Open late May through August. Tours take one hour and go a half mile underground. This mine is run by the students and faculty of the Colorado School of Mines who try out traditional mining techniques as well as the latest advances in technology. By appointment only, please call ahead for tour. Fee.

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• The Georgetown Loop Mining and Railroad Park 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown 825 Railroad Avenue, Silver Plume www.georgetownlooprr.com (888) 456-6777 All Aboard! Enhance your train ride with optional tours of the Everett or Lebanon Silver Mines, located at the halfway point on the railroad.

Choose from three tour options taking you deep into mine tunnels. Open May through January. Fee. • Phoenix Gold Mine 800 Trail Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.phoenixgoldmine.com (303) 567-0422 Open year round. Explore this working gold mine with a thirdgeneration rock miner. Great story telling and fun for the entire family. Try your hand at gold panning. Fee.

Museum Tours • George Rowe Museum 315 Main Street, Silver Plume (303) 569-2562 Built in 1894, this schoolhouse served the community children until 1959 and since 1960 it continues to tell the history of this authentic silver mining town. Open daily 12-5 Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends in September. Fee. • Georgetown Energy Museum 399 Sixth Street, Georgetown www.georgetownenergymuseum.org (303) 569-3557 An educational tour of the history of energy and power at a fully functioning and operational hydroelectric plant. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Group tours by appointment. Donations requested.

• Georgetown’s Firefighting Museum at Hose House No. 2 5th Street, Georgetown www.historicgeorgetown.org (303) 569-2840 Exhibits include hose carts, a hand pulled hook and ladder wagon, memorabilia, and the tower with hose drying racks and a fire alarm system utilizing a telegraph device to activate the bell. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Fee. • Hamill House Museum 305 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.historicgeorgetown.org (303) 569-2840 Visit this beautifully restored 19th century home boasting of lovely features! The property also includes a carriage house, office building, a laundry/summer kitchen, and a spacious six-seater privy. Fee. • Hotel de Paris Museum 409 Sixth Street, Georgetown www.hoteldeparismuseum.org (303) 569-2311 Built by Frenchman Louis Dupuy in 1878 as an elegant hotel, now a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, owned/operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Fee.


• Underhill Museum 1416 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.historicidahosprings.com (303) 567-4709 A fascinating collection of mining artifacts and authentic living accommodations. Donations requested.

Distilleries & Breweries • Bouck Brothers Distilling 2731 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.bouckbros.com (303) 567-2547 Come experience quite possibly the first micro-distillery and tasting room since before the Prohibition. Home to a 100-gallon still for whiskey and vodka and also includes a small brewery in a simple yet elegant mountain life setting. • Tommyknocker Brewery Tour 1401 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.tommyknocker.com (303) 567-2688 Come take a tour of our local

microbrewery and learn how small batches of specialty beers are crafted. Ask your server to explain the legend of the Tommyknocker and how these spirits were active in the mining history of the County. • Westbound & Down Brewery 1609 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.westboundanddown.com (720) 502-3121 We love beer. Even more, we love sharing with our friends. Brewed with a bit of Rocky Mountain air and served with a side of fresh powder. We aim to please. No matter what direction life takes you, stop by and let us quench your thirst for adventure.

Walking Tours • Art Galleries Spend an afternoon strolling through the multiple art galleries in Idaho Springs, Empire, and Georgetown. Each gallery features local Colorado artists with artwork ranging from photography, to oil on canvas, jewelry, wood work, sculpture, furniture, and more! - Glenbrook Gallery - Georgetown Gallery of Fine Art - Grizzly Creek Gallery, Inc. - Stonehenge Gallery - The Majestic Gallery

• Historic Tour of Georgetown 1491 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.Georgetown-Colorado.org (303) 569-2405 Stop by the Gateway Visitor Center for a printed walking tour guide complete with photos, directions and information about the history of Georgetown and the Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway. • Historic Tour of Idaho Springs 2060 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.historicidahosprings.com (303) 567-4382 Stop by the Heritage Museum and USFS Visitor Center for a printed walking tour guide complete with photos, directions and information about the discovery of gold and the history behind many of the historical sites in Idaho Springs.

Cultural Arts Center • Georgetown Heritage Center 809 Taos Street, Georgetown www.georgetowntrust.org (303) 569-0289 Georgetown Heritage Center is home to the Georgetown Cultural Arts Program. It is also a place to celebrate Georgetown’s past, exhibit and practice traditional arts and leisure activities, enjoy live performances, and hold meetings and conferences.

Mines, Museums, Walking Tours, and More . . .

• Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and USFS Visitor Center 2060 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.VisitIdahoSpringsColorado.com (303) 567-4382 A wonderful collection of mining artifacts and memorabilia from the Victorian era. Donations requested.


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Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend – Weather Permitting Take I-70 to Exit 240 and follow the signs to Highway 103 and Mount Evans. Drive South 14 miles and turn onto Highway 5, which will take you approximately 14 more miles to the Mount Evans Summit* (From Exit 240, it is about a 1 hour drive to the Summit) Just before Highway 5 you will arrive at Echo Lake. Be sure to visit the Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant and Gift Shop for a bite to eat or to pick up a few souvenirs. It is also the last stop for water and restrooms before reaching the Summit. While you are here, you will need to check-in at the Forest Service Station and pay the Mount Evans Summit fee of $10 per vehicle to proceed driving up the remaining 14 miles on the highest paved highway in North America!

On your drive up you will pass several mountain lakes and wind through the gorgeous Alpine Meadows, ancient Bristlecone Pine forest with miles of undisturbed tundra, amazing plant life, and plentiful wildlife. You may even see mountain goats, marmots, and many more animals along the way – We only ask that you DO NOT FEED any wildlife on your adventure. Once you reach the Summit of Mount Evans, you will be at 14,265 feet with incredible views of the entire Front Range and the Continental Divide. Many of the flora and fauna life zones at the Summit are the same as those found at the Arctic Circle.

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Open Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October – Weather Permitting Take I-70 to Exit 228 in Georgetown and follow the signs to Historic Georgetown and the Scenic Byway. At approximately 23 miles, Guanella Pass Scenic Byway follows the original wagon-route that linked the mining towns of Georgetown, Colorado and Grant, Colorado on US Highway 285 which is now fully paved.

Along the way you will experience mountain lakes, water falls, incredible flora and fauna, animals, and trail heads. The byway is a spectacular drive in the fall as the aspens put on their best and shower the byway with leaves of gold.

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Open Year Round Take I-70 to exit 240 in Idaho Springs. Turn north on 13th and continue to Colorado Boulevard and turn right. Just past 17th take a slight left onto Placer Street and then turn left onto Virginia Canyon Road. Be sure to stay to the right at unmarked roads along the way. This is a breath-taking shortcut to nearby Central City, another historic gold rush town known as the “richest square mile on earth.” This scenic dirt road gets its name from its spectacular views as well as its narrow and curving lanes. The canyon is filled with old mining sites, and like the travelers of yesterday, many people drive the road in search of gold as they travel between Idaho Springs and the gambling communities of Central City and Blackhawk.

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* The Mount Evans Summit, or the upper section of the roadway is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. The small fee charged for the upper section of the byway provides funding to help maintain this incredible road.

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Tips. . . Mountain Lions and Bears • Stay inside before dusk and before dawn: Closely supervise children and pets whenever they play outdoors. • Noise: Make lots of noise if you come and go during the times mountain lions are most active - dusk and dawn. • If You Meet a Mountain Lion: Stay Calm. Stop, and slowly back away while facing the lion. Do all you can to appear larger - raise your arms, open your jacket, pick up your children to protect them so that they won’t panic and run. Speak firmly and if the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches, or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. If the lion attacks you, FIGHT BACK. • Keep Your Camp Clean: Store your food and garbage properly at all times. Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of food smells. Tents should be placed 100 yards from cooking/eating area, and clothes worn while cooking should be stored away. Store garbage in your trunk and pack it out at the end of your stay. • Store Your Food and Toiletries Safely: All food coolers and toiletries should be stored in your trunk or suspended from a tree at least 10 feet from the ground and 4 feet out from the trees. Don’t underestimate the ingenuity of a bear! • If You Meet a Black Bear: Stay Calm. Stop, and slowly back away while facing the bear and avoid eye contact. Do not make any sudden movements. Speak softly and try to show no fear. If the bear attacks you, FIGHT BACK.

Hi�h Altitude Information What are the effects of High Altitude? At high altitude everyone is affected to some degree. The effects vary among individuals and vary widely. The main difference between high altitude and sea level are decreased oxygen density and decreased humidity or moisture content in the ambient air.

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A sudden change in environment from sea level to high altitude can produce the common symptoms of nausea, headache, insomnia, diarrhea, restlessness, nosebleed, shortness of breath, and “air-hunger.” Some people experience palpitations or fast heart, nasal congestion coughing, increased gassiness, fatigue beyond normal expectations, and intolerance to any exertion. If the high altitude symptoms progress, more shortness of breath and increased coughing and pulmonary edema (fluid accumulating in the lungs) may occur requiring medical attention and possibly hospitalization.

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What can be done to adapt to High Altitude? The initial symptoms should disappear as your body adjusts to the lowered oxygen content and dryness. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on what you eat, drink, and do. Aside from the amount of fluids you need to drink, moderation is key to coping with altitude. Eat lightly and avoid alcohol for the first 48 to 72 hours. Drink plenty of water, flavored water, and green teas. Avoid drinking too much soda or juice and steer clear of energy drinks and electrolyte based drinks. Also, remember to steam up your hotel room by running the shower before you go to sleep to aid in breathing. Be sure to keep physical exertion to an absolute minimum the first day! Over-exertion before your body can adapt to the lower oxygen and dryness can result in more severe

Wil�li�e Watchin� Tips Here are a few simple ways to blend into an animal’s surroundings. In return you’ll be treated to a wildlife show that makes your heart pound and senses hum. •

Fade into the wood work - Wear natural colors, unscented lotions, remove glasses, and walk softly.

Let animals be themselves - Do not share your food, “save” baby animals, or throw objects.

Stick to the sidelines - Use binoculars or zoom lenses and give nests a wide berth.

Come to your senses - Focus and expand your attention, stop, look, and listen.

Be easy to be with - Relax, make yourself as small and unassuming as possible.

Think like an animal - When does it feed, nap, bathe, and drink? Dusk and dawn are usually good bets.

and persistent symptoms. Take a nap when sleepy and get a good night’s sleep after activity. If you experience any of the symptoms that were mentioned, you may be experiencing an oxygen deficit and a day of rest is highly recommended. If your symptoms do not improve with rest or new symptoms develop, please call a doctor or practitioner. If you are over 35 and are planning strenuous exercise in high altitude, have a history of heart circulatory, lung disease, respiratory infections, pneumonia, or if you are pregnant, please seek advice from your doctor prior to traveling. Infants are extremely susceptible to altitude sickness, as are pets, and it is recommended that children less than 3 years old, pets, and women in their third trimester do not go above 10,000 feet.

Edited by the Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau, based upon the written text by Barry D. Mink, MD, for the Pitkin County Friends of Heart in association with the American Heart Association.


[ Open Space ] Est. November 1999 The mission of the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission is to preserve and maintain the County’s unique character and natural environment by protecting our streams, woodlands, meadows, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, prominent vistas, geologic features, and cultural resources to enhance the quality of life for residents and the enjoyment of the out-of-doors for residents and visitors.

With nearly 5,000 acres, Clear Creek County Open Space offers a wide variety of land for recreational adventure. Whether you are looking to hike, bike, climb, kayak, snowshoe, cross country ski, or just explore [ OPEN SPACE ] may offer just what you are looking for!

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Come escape the hustle and bustle of the city and explore these wonderful top six places. For more information about us, and to see a complete list of [ OPEN SPACE ] please visit www.openspace.us

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>> Lawson Whitewater Park Located midway through the County, the Lawson Whitewater Park has seven rock structures in the Creek where one can raft, kayak, fish, play in the waves or wade. A great place to spend time watching the kayakers weave through the rocks and ride the waves. The Park provides easy access to the Creek with a path along the Creek to carry your kayak back

upstream. There is a nice parking area, along with public restrooms, and plenty of rocks to sit on as you enjoy the antics of those in the Creek. The Whitewater Park is located just west of the I-70 Lawson exit on Alvarado Road. >> Philadelphia Millsite Tucked between I-70 and Clear Creek, this fishing access site is located on Stanley Road, just west of Idaho Springs. Used by anglers for years, the site was developed to provide easy access to Clear Creek for a wide variety of users from families to fisherman. Creek access accommodates those in wheelchairs as well as those who want to scramble down a bank to find the best fishing holes. It is complete with ADA parking, paved trails, fishing platforms next to the Creek, restrooms, and ADA picnic areas. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing is Fun Program helped fund this project.


>> Peaks to Plains Trail: Oxbow Parcel Six miles of the Peaks to Plains Trail: Clear Creek Canyon Segment is almost done. It follows US 6 through Clear Creek Canyon. About a mile of it is in Clear Creek County going from Tunnel 5 to the Jefferson County line. The trail continues downstream to Mayhem Gulch. Opening mid Summer 2016, the trail will provide visitors with a trail to walk or cycle, many access points to the Creek for wading or fishing or watching rafts float by, and access to the Cat Slab and other rock climbing routes. Parking is available at Tunnel 5 or downstream at Mayhem Gulch.

>> Rutherford Trail Connecting Silverdale to the Town of Georgetown is a narrow trail following the old wagon road next to Clear Creek as it winds its way through a beautiful tight valley with lush vegetation and cascading water. Clear Creek Open Space has worked with the Town of Georgetown and other local agencies, organizations, and volunteers in building bridges over the creek, improving the trail, and protecting the wet marshy areas with walkways. Easily accessed from I-70 through Georgetown, one can start the trail at either end. It is a steep hike up from Georgetown and an easier walk down from Silverdale. At the Silverdale parking lot, just off Guanella Pass Road, one can find the remains of the old town along with shorter, relatively flat, and family-friendly hiking trails.

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>> Saddleback Trail Located on Floyd Hill, this trail climbs Saddleback Mountain and looks down into the Beaver Brook Watershed. In recent years, the Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado (VOC) have worked with Clear Creek County Open Space and others to improve the trail. The trail is 1.2 miles long and provides magnificent views of both the Front Range and Denver. The trail goes through a beautiful forest with steps built in for areas that are steep. Rated as a medium-difficult hike, this is a narrow trail with altitude gain. Saddleback Trail is easily accessible off I-70 at the Floyd Hill exit.

>> Geneva Basin Fens Located high in the Geneva Creek Basin, the Geneva Creek Iron Fen is registered as a Colorado State Natural Area. One of eight iron fens in Colorado, it is an example of both a rare ecosystem community and an unusual geologic process. Located about 12 miles from Georgetown, this area is on old mining claim along Geneva Creek surrounded by National Forest. From Guanella Pass Road, simply turn onto Geneva Basin Road to access the Fens. There is a ghost town called Geneva City up past the Fen, several lakes, and old mining roads that are great for hiking in the area. While enjoying the spectacular vistas, be sure to keep an eye out for rare plants, Mountain Goats and other wildlife. Clear Creek Open Space, the South Platte Ranger District, and Off Road Vehicle Clubs are all collaborating on management of this fragile area.

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B. Ya�kee Hill (FR175) Distance: 10 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 238 onto Fall River Road. Follow the road 1.5 miles and turn right onto York Gulch Road. Follow York until it turns into FR 175 and go another 8 miles to Yankee Hill. Return via the same route or continue 2 more miles on FR 175 to Cumberland Gulch. This will also return you to Fall River Road. Note: There are many designated Forest Roads in this area to explore, however a large amount of land in the area is private, please refer to MVU map. C. A�e� (Minin� Com�unit� - Gil�in Count�) Distance: 7 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 244 onto US 6. Go through two tunnels and turn left at the stoplight onto Hwy 119. Follow the highway past Blackhawk’s casinos turning left at the second light to Central City. Take this road (Hwy 279) straight through Central City to what is known as Cemetery Corner. At this 3-way intersection, veer right. Eventually you will intersect with Apex Road. Turn left and proceed 5 miles to the small town of Apex. The road continues and meets Rollins Pass Road. Highlights: Apex is an old mining town with rich history and old cemeteries. A few residents still live there with private property all around. High alpine willow trees struggle to grow in the bogs and alpine wildflowers grow in the meadows. D. Ba�bour Fo�ks (FR 194) Distance: 1.7 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 240 and turn north into Idaho Springs. Follow Miner Street east to Soda Creek Road and turn right (south). Go under I-70 and past the Indian Springs Resort. Follow this road for about three miles to a large parking area. FR 194 starts at this point, climbing up the valley and through meadows. Note: This road is closed in mid December through mid-June for elk calving season. E. Devil’s Canyon (FR 246) Distance: 2.5 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 240 south on Hwy 103 for 10 miles. Just after Ponder Point Picnic ground, turn left at the sign for Devil’s Canyon. Highlights: There are a number of different trails with varying degrees of difficulty. At the top of several ridges, views of Mt. Evans, Devil’s Canyon, and Clear Creek can be seen. Note: This road is closed in mid December through mid-June for elk calving season.

G. Trail Creek (Count� 136) Distance: 10 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 240 and turn north into Idaho Springs. At the second stop sign, turn left onto Colorado Blvd. Take this road west out of town and under I-70

H. Saxon Mountain vi� Georgetown Distance: 7 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 228 to Georgetown. Proceed straight ahead to Main Street. Turn left and drive about 1 mile to the Saxon Mountain Road. Follow this up a steep rocky road for 7 miles to reach the top of Saxon Mountain. This road will continue on to both Ute and Cascade Creek Roads. Highlights: On the way up this mountain face, there is a great view of Georgetown and surrounding mountains. I. Leavenworth (FR 248) Distance: 8 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 228 to Georgetown and follow the signs to Guanella Pass Road. Climb up Guanella Pass for about 2.5 miles. Look for a brown sign on a sharp left switchback that reads, “Waldorf.” This road is called Leavenworth or FR 248; it’s rocky and steep in the beginning but levels out as it follows the old Argentine Central Railroad. Highlights: The town of Waldorf was a mining and milling camp around the turn of the century. When ore stopped coming in, the town died. Above Waldorf is the Santiago Mine reached by forest roads heading north. These mines are privately owned, so please respect the owner’s property. J. Jones Pass (FR 1�4) Distance: 3.3 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 232 onto US 40 and proceed west past Empire. Turn left at the sign for Henderson mine just past the tiny town of Berthoud Falls. Just before entering the Henderson Mine’s guardhouse, veer right onto Jones Pass Road, FR 144. Take this road all the way up and over the pass. There is a gate where the road ends and a hiking trail begins. Highlights: This road goes over the Continental Divide with wildflowers and camping spots along the way. Note: Jones Pass is covered with snowdrifts nearly year round and has no outlet. K. Bill Moore Lake/N. E��ire Loo� (FR 171.2,183) Distance: 5 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 232 onto US 40 and proceed west to Empire. At the center of town, turn right onto North Empire. This is the only paved road going north out of town. Drive along North Empire Creek, FR 171.1, to the top of the ridge and follow it to the north. Continue along the east side of the ridge on FR 171.2. Turn left at each of the three consecutive junctions until you are on FR 183. At the end of FR 183 is a parking area. Bill Moore Lake is located just about one hundred yards past the parking area, by foot. Highlights: Between Bill Moore Lake and the Continental Divide there are two more small lakes. L. Fall River Re�ervoir (FR 174) Distance: 5 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 238 onto Fall River Road. After 6.5 miles, turn left onto FR 174 just below the second switchback. Stay on this road for three miles to Fall River Reservoir. Highlights: Take a left at the sign for Chinn’s Lake to access two more beautiful lakes. The road ends near Chinn’s Lake but the other lakes are accessible by foot. The Continental Divide rises up behind the lakes. M. Loch Lohmond (FR 701) Distance: 2 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 238 onto Fall River Road. Stay on Fall River until you get to the town of Alice. Turn left onto Alice Road. Continue straight past the old schoolhouse. A quarter mile past the Glory Hole Mine, turn right at the sign for FR 701 and two miles further is the lake. Highlights: Above Loch Lohmond are 4 more small lakes that hikers may access. The Continental Divide Trail follows this road before heading north towards James Peak.

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F. U�e and Cascade Loo� Distance: 12 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 240 south on Hwy 103 about 5 miles. Turn right onto Ute Creek Road (Co. 118) and drive for 2.2 miles turning right at a large boulder onto FR 712.2A. Travel another 1.7 miles until you meet up with a large junction. Turn left onto FR 712.2 heading south and down the mountain. Look for and turn onto FR 712.2B at another junction, then take FR 710.1. When you get to Cascade Creek Road (Co. 116) turn left and it will take you back to Hwy 103. Turn left again to head towards I-70. Highlights: Along the way you will pass small mountain creeks with old mining establishments tucked away in the woods.

onto Stanley Road. Take Stanley Road west to Trail Creek Road (Co. 136) and turn left. This road will intersect Spring Gulch Road (Co. 130) and FR 712. You can return to Hwy 103 via Spring Gulch or take FR 712 to Georgetown (see Saxon Mountain). Highlights: Freeland ghost town and Lamertine Mine.

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A. Kingston Peak (FR 353) Distance: 6 Miles – Access: From I-70, take exit 238 onto Fall River Road. Stay on Fall River until you get to the town of Alice. Turn left onto Alice Road. Continue straight, bearing right at the first fork in front of the old schoolhouse. Stay on this road for about 1 mile and turn right onto Harris Drive. From Harris, turn left onto Glory Hole Road, then the first right onto Nebraska, then left onto Hillsdale, and finally right onto Lincoln. Go up Lincoln to where Kingston Peak Road takes off to the left. This road continues all the way to Tolland on Rollins Pass Road in the Boulder Ranger District. This road takes you up and over flats near James Peak wilderness and above St. Mary’s Glacier.

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Rob’s 14er Workout

Monday and Friday Treadmill Workout: Walk fast for 2 minutes at each incline level up to 10% and then back down. Example: 5 minute warm up, 2 minutes at 1%, 2 minutes at 2%, 2 minutes at 3%, 2 minutes at 4%, 2 minutes at 5%

Tuesday and Saturday Weighted Squats - 4 sets of 20 Walking Lunges - 4 sets of 20 Leg Extensions - 4 sets of 20 Leg Curls - 4 sets of 20 Standing Calf Raises - 3 sets of 50

Fitness & Fourteeners A basic �itness routine will greatly bene�it you in your attempt to conquer your �irst 14er... There are 53 fantastic 14ers in the beautiful state of Colorado, four of them (Mount Evans, Grays Peak, Torreys Peak, and Mount Bierstadt) reside in Clear Creek County and are the closest 14ers to the Denver Metro Area. 14ers are a great idea if you’re looking for good exercise, fresh air, great views, and if you’re lucky - wildlife viewing.

14ers range all the way from 3 miles to 26 miles round trip (Pikes Peak is 26 miles), and can take anywhere from 3 hours to 15 hours to complete, depending on your pace. 14ers are not to be taken lightly and a basic fitness routine will greatly benefit you in your attempt to conquer your first 14er. We all know, or should know, that 14ers are above 14,000 feet, and oxygen is much thinner at that elevation - thus there is a huge cardio aspect involved in any attempt of a 14er. Having a strong aerobic capacity (cardio) is a good idea before you start your journey to conquer the summit.

Having these tools (strong aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance) are far more important than any equipment you can buy and are vital to an enjoyable, injury free journey to your first of many Colorado summits!

Robert Grevious is a 14er enthusiast, a Nationally Certi�ied Personal trainer, and the owner of Precision Personal Training. Rob@precisiontraining.net www.precisiontraining.net

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While it might seem like a good idea to just pack up one morning and start the journey up one of these mountains without any type of preparation or physical training, you are greatly mistaken. While the task of completing a 14er can be done without training, I am under the firm belief that it is better to reach the top (summit) happy and full of life as opposed to grumpy and half dead! And that’s just to reach the summit! You still have to go back down!

Not only is aerobic endurance vital to an enjoyable hike, but muscular strength and endurance as well. Most mountains are full of boulders that need to be climbed, leaped, stepped over and jumped on, and like I said before, some trails can be as long as 26 miles, and take up to 15 hours to complete!

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Our County provides uncrowded trails and spectacular mountain scenery. Due to the expansive mine network, Clear Creek County has hundreds of miles of railroad grade, stagecoach trails, and mining roads. This trail network sprawls across the county like a spider web. In fact, many of the great single-track trails in the county started as double track wagon trails. There are a great variety of trails throughout Clear Creek County, from beginner paved bike routes, moderate single track, challenging climbs, and a handful of trails that are truly insane. All trail lengths listed are one way, unless otherwise stated.

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Silver Dollar Lake Trail #79 • Elevation gain/loss: 1,000’ • Length: 1.5 miles - More Difficult • Access: Just south of Guanella Pass Campground and north of the Guanella Pass, a wide spot in the road can be found. You may park here or travel another 1/4 mile up a 4-wheel drive road to another parking area, where the trail head starts. • About: This is a short hike yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging. The trail leads to two lakes above tree line. The first lake, Naylor Lake is private property, you may look but please do not trespass. The second lake is Silver Dollar Lake; open for public use.

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Grays Peak and Torreys Peak #54 • Elevation gain/loss: 3,070’ • Length: 5 miles - Most Difficult • Access: Take the Bakerville exit off I-70. Head south on Stevens Gulch Road four miles. This road is very bumpy and may be considered a 4-wheel drive road. (The road is impassable in the winter) • About: Hiking way above tree line, Grays and Torreys offer hikers the opportunity to conquer two 14ers in one day. Being the highest mountains on the Continental Divide, photos may be taken on both the east and west side of the Rocky Mountain Range. Even in the summer months, snow fields still exist at such a high elevation. Always be prepared for sudden weather changes and start hiking early in the morning to avoid afternoon lightning storms. Herman Gulch Trail #98 • Elevation gain/loss: 1,600’ • Length: 2.5 miles - More Difficult • Access: 3 miles west of Bakerville at exit 218 and I-70.

• About: Starting on an old sawmill road, this trail emerges out of the forest within a mile of traveling. The sub-alpine flowers add beauty to an otherwise rocky terrain. Towards the top, rock cairns (rock piles) lead the way to Herman Lake. Bard Creek Trail #83 • Elevation gain/loss: 600’ • Length: 10 miles - More Difficult • Access: Out of Empire, follow County Road 252 (S. Empire Pass Rd.) for about 2 miles. The road becomes very rough and you may need a 4- wheel drive vehicle to travel the remaining 3 miles of Forest Service Rd. 777 where the trail begins. • About: Following the mountain ridge north of Georgetown, views of the town as well as the Continental Divide are numerous. Traveling through fields of wildflowers, groves of aspen trees, and passing several abandoned mines, Bard Creek Trail offers countless photo opportunities. The last mile joins with the Watrous Gulch Trail and takes you to I- 70. Chief Mountain Trail #58 • Elevation gain/loss: 910’ • Length: 1 mile - More Difficult • Access: From Idaho Springs, take Highway 103 to mile marker 18. The trail head will be on the south side of the road, however it is NOT marked. • About: Passing through a spruce and fir forest, you soon reach tree line in just a short distance. Here, the alpine tundra begins. The last stretch of the trail offers an overlook of the Bear Creek Basin, including Mt. Evans, Mt. Goliath, Rogers Peak, and Roslin Peak. Maxwell Falls Trail #111 • Elevation gain/loss: 600’ • Length: 2 miles - Easiest • Access: Just south of Evergreen on Hwy 73, take Brook Forest Rd. for 3 miles. To access the upper trail head continue to Black Mountain Road, turning left and driving another 1.25 miles. • About: One of the easiest trails in the district, Maxwell Falls is a very enjoyable hike. It follows Maxwell Creek and is open from early spring to late autumn. The waterfalls are at their best in the spring when the snow runoff is plentiful. Watrous Gulch #95 • Elevation gain/loss: 1,500’ • Length: 2 miles - Most Difficult • Access: 3 miles west of Bakerville at exit 218 and I-70. • About: Beginning in the trees, this trail climbs above tree line during the first mile. You pass through an area where timber was harvested along the Watrous Gulch Creek during the 20th century at the height of the mining days. Once above tree line, wildflowers surround the ground like a quilt on a king size bed.

Bakerville Loveland Trail (BLT) • Elevation gain/loss: 800’ • Length: 4.5 miles - Easiest • Access: Take the Bakerville exit off I-70. The trail head is on the south side of I-70 to the right of a large parking area. • About: The trail parallels the interstate yet you never even notice the highway traffic. The sound of Clear Creek flowing along the trail drowns out the zooming of vehicles and the trees along the creek bank obstruct the view of civilization. The Bakerville Loveland Trail is paved and is excellent for hiking, bicycling, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.

Biking Georgetown to Silver PlumeArgentine Pass: • Type of Trail: Unpaved bike path, NOT suitable for road bikes • Elevation gain/loss: 900’ • Length: 5 Miles - Easy • Access: I-70 to Bakerville exit, turn south, immediately ahead there is plenty of parking at the trail head by the old chimney. • About: The sounds of the Clear Creek flowing and the trees along the creek bank make this easily accessible ride feel like an escape from civilization. This trail connects US 6 from Loveland Pass to the I-70 frontage road that starts at the Bakerville exit. Nice family rides with minimal climbing on a forested trail. Leavenworth/Pavilion Point Argentine Railroad Grade Trail • Type of trail: Railroad bed/single track • Elevation gain/loss: 800’ • Length: 4 Miles - Easy to moderate • Access: I-70 to Silver Plume exit #226, go south under Interstate, make right going west onto dirt road running parallel to I-70, trail head and parking is a mile up on left side of the road. • About: In 1916 construction began on the beautiful summer resort called Pavilion Point. Little remains of the site, but many locals remember going to the site for dances years after the railroad ceased operations. This trail starts a half a mile from the railroad yard in Silver Plume and connects with the Waldorf Road. Very scenic, beautiful aspen groves. Silver Creek Wagon Trail • Type of Trail: Single track • Elevation gain/loss: 800’ • Length: 5 Miles - Moderate • Access: I-70 to Georgetown exit #228, Park in Downtown Georgetown, on your bike go south on 6th Street to its end at the Energy Museum, make a left then a right onto Biddle Street, at Main Street make a left heading east, take Main to Saxon Mountain Road, follow this to the last house and enter what appears to be a


Waldorf Road • Type of trail: Railroad bed • Elevation gain/loss: 1,600’ • Length: 5 Miles - Easy to moderate • Access: I-70 to Georgetown exit # 228, follow signs for Guanella Pass RoadScenic Byway, drive up Guanella Pass, go past the first reservoir (Silverdale), at the 2nd hair pin turn is Waldorf Road on the right, turn onto Waldorf and park on either side, your bike tour starts here heading up Waldorf Road. • About: A good shuttle ride starts at the Waldorf mine and descends to the Leavenworth/Pavilion Point Trail. From the end of the railroad bed in Silver Plume, take the Silver Plume to Georgetown Express to the other vehicle. You will need a 4-Wheel drive vehicle to shuttle this route. Argentine Central Railroad Grade to Mt. M�Clellan • Type of trail: Railroad bed • Elevation gain/loss: 1,600’ • Length: 5 miles Aggressive, Experts Only • Access: I-70 to Georgetown exit #228, follow signs for the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, drive up Guanella Pass and go past the first reservoir (Silverdale), at the 2nd hair pin Waldorf Road is on the right, turn onto Waldorf and drive to the end (you will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle), the trail begins at end of the road. • About: This ride starts at an altitude of approximately 12,000’. The first major silver strike in Colorado came in the fall of 1864 near the top of Mount McClellan. Numerous prospector holes are still visible in the delicate high-altitude tundra. This last section of the ACRG takes you to the summit of Mount McClellan.

Union Ga� Pass • Type of Trail: Single track • Elevation gain/loss: 400’ • Length: 3 Miles - Moderate to Hard • Access: I-70 to Empire exit #232, follow Hwy 40 into Empire and park in town, on bike head to intersection of Hwy 40 and Main St., go south on Main St., past the ball fields, this road becomes Bard Creek Rd., follow signs for Union Gap Pass. • About: This trail was named Union Pass on March 4, 1861, the day of President Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration. This is a very dramatic ride considering the exposure. In some areas dry stack walls 30’ high hold the trail up. Considering that this route from Georgetown to Empire is in a wildlife tagging area, the Division of Wildlife requests that this trail is not ridden from October to January. This policy is intended to protect the Bighorn mating area during the rut. Jones Pass • Type of Trail: Dirt road • Elevation gain/loss: 2,200’ • Length: 4 Miles - Easy to moderate • Access: I-70 to Empire exit #232, take Hwy 40 past Empire to Berthoud Falls, take a left at the Henderson Mine exit, go 2 miles to the mine and parking area, and follow the signs for Jones Pass. • About: This route takes you biking on the crest of the continental divide. Good shuttle ride; expect motorized traffic on this dirt road. Half of this ride is above tree line.

Jones Pass is a great place to see Colorado Wildflowers!

Devil’s Canyon Trail Are� • Type of Trail: 4-wheel drive /single track • Elevation gain/loss: 600’ • Length: 6 Miles - Expert • Access: I-70 to Idaho Springs - Hwy 103 or exit #240, go south on Hwy 103, approximately 10 miles up there will be a

wide shoulder in the road on the left side, park here, bike through the forest service gate, this entrance will drop you into Devil’s Canyon. • About: This is the start to an incredible downhill and one of the upper entrances into the Barbour Forks trail. This trail is open to 4-wheel drive traffic. Ba�bour Fo�ks Trail • Type of trail: Single track/dirt road • Elevation gain/loss: 2,800’ • Length: 8 Mile loop - Moderate to hard • Access: I-70 to Idaho Springs exit #241, go through East Idaho Springs to fork in road, take the left at the fork onto Miner Street, take this to Soda Creek Road, left onto Soda Creek Rd., past Indian Hot Springs (stop for a geo-thermal soak), go approximately 4 miles up to the end of Soda Creek Rd., there is a parking area at the Forest Service gate, trail starts here. • About: This trail supplies hillside meadows full of wildflowers, tall stands of aspen, mixed conifers and is considered by many to be one of the best singletrack rides in the state. Warren Gulch Trail • Type of trail: Single track • Elevation gain/loss: 3,300’ • Length: 8 Miles - Moderate • Access: I-70 to Idaho Springs exit #241, go through East Idaho Springs and find parking, start your bike ride heading west to fork in road, veer left at the fork onto Miner Street, take this to Soda Creek Road, left onto Soda Creek Rd., 1.5 miles on Soda Creek Rd.(you will pass Indian Hot Springs Resort), to the Idaho Springs Recycling Center on the right, opposite the recycling center is Steve’s Canyon Rd., turn left onto this road and drive a mile down, Warren Gulch is stenciled on a rock at your left, this is the entrance. You can also start this trail at the top of Hwy 103, 4 miles west of Little Bear Rd. there is a wooden sign for the trail head. • About: Warren Gulch is part of the Colorado East Mountain Segment of the American Discovery Trail, the nation’s first coast-to-coast, non-motorized recreation trail. This trail is smooth and clean all the way down. S�ott Landcas�er Memorial Trail • Type of Trail: Paved bike path • Elevation gain/loss: None • Length: 5 Miles - Easy • Access: I-70 to Idaho Springs exit #241, head east on Colorado Blvd., veer left at the fork, then turn south (left) on the one way street just past Safeway, make right at stop sign, left at “T” intersection, you are on the bike path. • About: This ride is mostly flat and easy in both directions. Bring the family or invite some friends. Enjoy a stop in historic downtown Idaho Springs or plan time for a soak at the Indian Hot Springs.

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Silver Plume to Georgetown Ex�ress • Type of trail: Paved bike path • Elevation gain/loss: 600’ • Length: 2 Miles - Easy to Moderate • Access: I-70 to Georgetown exit #228 or Silver Plume exit #226, park in either town, peddle toward the train depot, the paved path entrances are marked. • About: Peddling above the railroad tracks, this paved bike path offers a moderate climb out of Georgetown. Don’t forget your backpack, as you will need it to pack items purchased in the wonderful town shops.

Silverdale • Type of trail: Combination 4-wheel and single track • Elevation gain/loss: None • Length: 2 Miles - Easy • Access: I-70 to Georgetown exit #228, follow signs for Guanella Pass RoadScenic Byway, drive up Guanella Pass to the first reservoir, Silverdale, entrance road to parking area and trail head is on the left, start ride heading across the wooden bridge. • About: Great beginner and family ride off of Guanella Pass. Suggested route marked by decreasing size rocks, smallest pointing the direction of the path. This ride has rolling streams and never ending majestic views. Look for the old factory foundation.

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Activity/Event Centers •

Automotive

• Blackstone Rivers Ranch 3673 Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.blackstoneriversranch.com (303) 567-2339 A premier destination for weddings, retreats, concerts, and special events.

• A-OK Auto Clinic, Inc. 1351 Idaho Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2466

• Easter Seals Colorado at Rocky Mountain Village (Closed for camp May18th - August 18th) 2644 Alvarado Road, Empire www.easterseals.com/co (303) 569-2333 A great location for retreats, meetings, weddings, and more.

• Bragg Automotive & Towing 1210 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.braggautomotive.com (303) 569-2451

• Georgetown’s Heritage Center 809 Taos Street, Georgetown www.georgetowntrust.org (303) 569-0289 An excellent place to exhibit arts, hold meetings, concerts and more... • Idaho Springs Elks Lodge #607 1600 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.elks.org (303) 567-9996 A benevolent lodge great for meetings, concerts, and other special events. • Sampler Mill Recreation Center 98 12th Avenue, Idaho Springs www.clearcreekrecreation.com (303) 567-4822 A beautiful facility offering meeting rooms as well as the gym, pool, and the option to rent the entire facility. • The United Center 1440 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.unitedcenterinc.com (303) 567-1771 A great location for meetings, weddings, funerals, and concerts.

• Allied Towing 2821 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-4262

• Clear Creek Supply/CarQuest 2448 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2693 • Grumpy Dutchman Towing & Road Service 613 Water Street, Silver Plume (303) 569-3330 • Silver City Automotive & Towing 243 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-0662

A few ATM Locations • Idaho Springs - Beau Jo’s Pizza, Evergreen National Bank, Centennial Bank, Kum and Go, Safeway, Tommyknocker Brewery • Dumont/Downieville - Conoco

Banks • Evergreen National Bank 1546 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.enbcolorado.com (303) 569-9700 2394 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs www.enbcolorado.com (303) 567-2611 502 6th Street, Georgetown www.enbcolorado.com (303) 674-2700 • Centennial Bank and Trust 1744 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.centennialbanking.com (303) 567-2696

Dentistry

• David J. Drescher, DDS 1625 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-4412 • George S. Douvas, DDS, PhD 102 Spruce Lane, Idaho Springs (303) 567-0840 • Thomas Losacco, DDS 801 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-3141

Emergency Services

• Empire - Subway, Valero

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• Georgetown - Cake, Evergreen National Bank, Lucha Cantina, Mothers Saloon, Valero, Loveland Ski Area (in season)

• Clear Creek County EMS 411 W. Chicago Creek Rd., Station 2 Idaho Springs (303) 567-2752 or (303) 679-4213

• Silver Plume - None

• Clear Creek County Sheriff 405 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.clearcreeksheriff.us (303) 679-2376 or (303) 679-2393


Government Offices

• Clear Creek County Government 405 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.co.clear-creek.co.us (303) 679-2300

Florist

• Safeway Floral Department 2425 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2496 • Shoppe Internationale Florist & Gifts 608 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2495

Grocery & Liquor Stores • Clear Creek Liquor 2325 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2525 • Family Dollar 1560 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2076 • Georgetown Liquors 1406 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 569-3138 • Georgetown Market 1204 Argentine, Georgetown (303) 569-2464 • Kneisel & Anderson Grocery Store 511 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2650 • Mountain Moonshine Liquors 2812 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2438

• Safeway 2425 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-4471

Laundromats

• Clear Creek Laundry 1347 Idaho Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-9940 • Sons Suds & Duds (Inside JC Suites) 2729 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2746

Libraries

• Idaho Springs Post Office 2420 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2903 • Silver Plume Post Office 850 Main Street, Silver Plume (303) 569-3121

Salons, Spas, Massage and Body

• Idaho Springs Chiropractic Center 1800 Colorado Blvd., Ste. 8 Idaho Springs www.idahospringschiropractic.com (303) 567-9211

• Idaho Springs Public Library 219 14th Avenue, Idaho Springs www2.youseemore.com/clearcreeklibrary (303) 567-2020

• Indian Hot Springs Resort 302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs www.indianhotsprings.com (303) 989-6666

• John Tomay Memorial Library 605 6th Street, Georgetown www2.youseemore.com/clearcreeklibrary (303) 569-2620

• Relieving Touch Massage 2401 Colorado Blvd., Ste. D, Idaho Springs www.relievingtouchmassage.com (303) 475-5933

Pharmacy • Safeway Pharmacy 2425 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2496

Post Offices • Dumont Post Office 307 County Rd. #308, Dumont (303) 567-4907 • Empire Post Office 215 West Park Avenue, Empire (303) 569-2908 • Georgetown Post Office 700 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2771

• Sage Salon and Spa 1530 Argentine Street, Georgetown (303) 569-3082 • Simply Hair 1800 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-1144 • Tall Grass Day Spa 997 Upper Bear Creek Rd., Evergreen www.tallgrassspa.com (303) 670-4444 • U Salon and Spa 1438 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 883-0724

Additional Resources and Services . . .

• Clear Creek Fire Authority 681 County Rd. #308, Dumont www.clearcreekfire.com (303) 567-4342


Recreation Center • Sampler Mill Recreation Center 98 12th Avenue, Idaho Springs www.clearcreekrecreation.com (303) 567-4822

Schools • Clear Creek RE-1 Administration 320 Highway 103, Idaho Springs P.O. Box 3399, Idaho Springs 80452 www.ccsdre1.org (303) 567-3850

Transportation Services • Colorado Mountain Express www.coloradomountainexpress.com (970) 754-7433 • High Country Shuttle www.highcshuttle.com (720) 288-5456 • Mountains Taxi www.mountainstaxi.com (303) 333-8294 • Roadrunner Express www.denvercoloradoairportlimousine.com (720) 297-7369

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• Charlie’s Place Animal Shelter 500 West Dumont Road, Dumont www.charliesplaceshelter.org (303) 679-2477 • Clear Creek Veterinary Clinic 1209 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.ccvetc.com (303) 567-2895 • Happy Tails and Whiskers 1640 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.happytailsandwhiskers.com (303) 567-1102

• Mountain Tool and Feed 2195 East Idaho Springs Road, Idaho Springs www.mountaintoolandfeed.com (303) 567-0122

Visitor Centers • Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center 1491 Argentine Street, Georgetown www.Georgetown-Colorado.org (303) 569-2405 • Georgetown Community Center and Visitor Information 613 6th Street, Georgetown www.town.georgetown.co.us (303) 569-2888 • Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and USFS Visitor Center 2060 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.visitidahospringscolorado.com (303) 567-4382

Worship Directory • First Presbyterian Church 812 Taos Street, Georgetown Sunday worship 10:00 am www.fpcgeorgetown.org (303) 569-2360

• Our Lady of Lourdes 902 Taos Street, Georgetown Saturday Mass 5:00 pm (303) 567-4662 • Rocky Mountain Community Church, S.B.C. 812 Taos Street, Georgetown Friday Praise and Worship 6:30 pm (303) 569-0950 • St. Pauls Roman Catholic Church 1632 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs Sunday Mass 8:30 am Weekday Mass (Mon-Fri) 8:00 am (303) 567-4662 • The United Church of Idaho Springs Presbyterian/United Methodist 1410 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs Sunday worship 10:00 am www.unitedchurchofidahosprings.com (303) 567-2057 • Zion Lutheran Church 1921 Virginia Street, Idaho Springs Wednesday Bible Study 5:15 pm Sunday worship 10:30 am www.zion-lutheran-church.com (303) 567-4378

Yoga & Dance Studios

• First Baptist Church 100 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs Wednesday evening service 6:30 pm Sunday worship 10:00 am and Adult & Children’s Sunday School 9:00 am Pot luck follows service every first Sunday 11:00 am www.firstbaptistchurchidahosprings.com (303) 567-2028

• NYC Dance 1639 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.NYCDanceColorado.com (323) 217-8636

• Grace Episcopal Church 408 Taos Street, Georgetown Sunday worship 9:00 am (303) 569-2790

• The Yoga Room 1424 Miner Street, Idaho Springs www.theyogaroomis.com (303) 567-2439

• Sol Yoga (Inside The Alpine) 1106 Rose Street, Georgetown www.solcentered.weebly.com (970) 215-3787


Other Groups

(303) 679-2300 405 Argentine Street P.O. Box 2000 Georgetown, CO 80444 www.co.clear-creek.co.us

• Clear Creek County Rotary Club P.O. Box 114 Georgetown, CO 80444 (303) 569-2268

Idaho Springs City Hall (303) 567-4421 1711 Miner Street P.O. Box 907 Idaho Springs, CO 80452 www.colorado.gov/idahosprings

Empire Town Hall (303) 569-2978 30 East Park Avenue P.O. Box 100 Empire, CO 80438 www.facebook.com/townofempire

Georgetown Town Hall (303) 569-2555 404 6th Street P.O. Box 426 Georgetown, CO 80444 www.town.georgetown.co.us

Silver Plume Town Hall (303) 569-2363 710 Main Street P.O. Drawer F Silver Plume, CO 80476 www.silverplumeco.com

• Clear Creek Economic Development Corporation 502 Sixth Street #2, P.O. Box 2030 Georgetown, CO 80444 www.clearcreekedc.org (303) 569-2133 • Colorado State University Extension - Clear Creek County 1111 Rose Street, P.O. Box 2000 Georgetown, CO 80444 www.clearcreek.colostate.edu (303) 679-2424 • Georgetown Promotions 404 6th Street, P.O. Box 426 Georgetown, CO 80444 www.georgetown-colorado.org (303) 569-2555 • Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation, Inc. 1491 Argentine Street, P.O. Box 1037 Georgetown, CO 80444 www.georgetowntrust.org (303) 569-0289 • Historic Georgetown, Inc. 305 Argentine St., P.O. Box 667 Georgetown, CO 80444 www.historicgeorgetown.org (303) 569-2840 • Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce 1641 Miner Street, P.O. Box 1641 Idaho Springs, CO 80452 www.idahospringschamber.org (615) 525-6270

Tourism Bureau

• Idaho Springs Historical Society 2060 Miner Street, P.O. Box 1318 Idaho Springs, CO 80452 www.historicidahosprings.com (303) 567-4382

(303) 567-4660 2060 Miner Street P.O. Box 100 Idaho Springs, CO 80452 www.clearcreekcounty.org

• Idaho Springs Lions Club P.O. Box 727 Idaho Springs, CO 80452 www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ idahospringsco

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