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From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

1. From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

Embark on a memorable trip outside of Denver to the wilderness of Mount Evans on this day-trip. See the world from the top of the mountain and enjoy scenic stops at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Echo Lake, and Idaho Springs. See the Red Rocks Amphitheater, built in a red sandstone rock formation and one of the most beautiful music venues in the United States. Next, head to Echo Lake, filled with its crisp mountain waters and surrounded by evergreen trees. Continue all the way to the summit, along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Take some spectacular pictures from the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Rockies and be on the lookout for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats making their way around. On your way back to Denver, check out some local history in the city of Idaho Springs. In 1859, prospectors discovered gold at this location where the Chicago Creek meets Clear Creek.

Denver: Glacier Hike and Geothermal Cave Pools

2. Denver: Glacier Hike and Geothermal Cave Pools

Hike up to St. Mary's Glacier, ascending through the stunning Colorado Forest and ending with breathtaking panoramic lake views. With swimming and sledding included, this 1.5-mile hike is a popular hike in Colorado. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Beau Jo's Mountain Pizza in Idaho Springs, which has been around since 1880 and is one of Colorado's hidden gems. Idaho Springs has a population of 1,717 people, and is a gold-mining town founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush. Following lunch, your tour visits another historic landmark where you can soak in the natural geothermal cave pools, perfect for sore muscles after hiking.

Boulder: Vail and Breckenridge Smartphone Audio Tour

3. Boulder: Vail and Breckenridge Smartphone Audio Tour

Make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along Highway 93 and I-70 connecting Boulder, Vail, and Breckenridge. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started on this scenic route in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Your audio guide will point out must-see parks, historical sites, recreation areas, and more. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you learn about some of the cities and small towns along your route. Pass Boulder, Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Silverthorne, Frisco, Breckenridge, Vail, and more. Explore the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge, the Colorado Railroad Museum, the National Earthquake Information Centre, the Walking Mountains Nature Center, and the Georgetown Loop Railroad, with attractions and special events all throughout the year. Take time to see the sights at your leisure and feel free to take the tour in either direction. See Genesee Park, Clear Creek County, Arapaho National Forest, Loveland Pass, White River National Forest, and the awe-inspiring Eisenhower Tunnel. Listen as your guide points out North Table Mountain, Twin Peaks, the Dillon Reservoir, Copper Mountain, Vail Pass, Shrine Pass, and Arapaho Basin, where you can get a breathtaking view of the Continental Divide.

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What people are saying about Idaho Springs

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 24 reviews

The perfect day trip from Denver. It never felt rushed, with a non-strenuous hike to a great view, quick hot springs visit, and lunch. Our guide, Trey, was great, with fun facts about the local area and good instincts when a lightning and hail storm came in just as we were finishing the hike. He was even our personal photographer!

It is a small group tour, for which the attention is magnificent. Our guide was aware of the needs we had as a group. About the experience, it is a short but spectacular walk, we went during the snow season, so the landscape is very beautiful. In the geothermal ropes you rest and relax!! Without a doubt a great tour.

The mountains were breathtaking the hike was enjoyable the tour guide Breanne was the most attentive knowledgeable courteous and fun she made the experience relaxing and comfortable I totally enjoyed the geothermal caves and pool beautiful and peaceful scenery

knowledgeable and attentive guides; great small group experience.

It was an amazing tour! Breanne is the best guide !!!