Clear Creek County: Where the Old West Meets New Adventure!
Located just 20 miles west of Denver along the I-70 corridor, Clear Creek County includes the historic mountain communities of Idaho Springs, Dumont, Downieville, Lawson, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume.
Step back in time and explore our authentic western mining and railroad heritage! 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! Come stroll down the dirt Main Street of Silver Plume and feel an age gone by come to life! Visit the confluence of Chicago Creek and Clear Creek where the first gold strike took place in Idaho Springs. Visit working mines, pan for gold, explore our beautiful Victorian mining towns, or take a trip back in time on the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad®.
Clear Creek County is made up of more than 75% public lands offering an unparalleled amount of outdoor recreational opportunities. Choose from activities including back country hiking, bike trails, fishing, horse back riding, white water rafting, ziplining, adventure parks, snowshoeing, Rocky Mountain Colorado ski and snowboarding vacations, beautiful scenic drives along two Colorado Scenic Byways, and more!
Clear Creek County is also home to the highest paved road in the Northern Hemisphere, Mount Evans Scenic Byway! This drive begins in Idaho Springs at the Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and USFS Visitor Center at 8,700 feet in elevation and takes you to a miraculous 14,240 feet at the summit parking lot. Along the way you will encounter three different life zones as you drive past ancient trees, beautiful lakes, wetlands, and forest to the land above timberline where Marmots, Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep will greet you! Once you arrive and park in the upper lot simply walk/climb the last 25 or so feet to the summit of Mount Evans. Please note, Highway 5 to the summit of Mount Evans is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. Latitude & Longitude (39.6567121, -105.59623)
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 365 days a year. From museums to numerous lodging, dining and shopping experiences, our incredible mountain setting offers something for every level of adventure. And, because we’re so close to Denver, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the mountains! Let the memories begin today!