Getting Here...

Located just 20 miles west of Denver ~ Clear Creek County includes the historic mountain communities of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. Perfect for a simple day trip, weekend getaway or extended stay...

clear creek 20 miles west of denver

For information regarding Interstate 70, Highway 103, and other mountain roads – Please visit the Colorado Department of Transportation website for construction locations and schedule information – click here. We also recommend allowing for additional travel time to your mountain destination as traffic along I-70 can be unpredictable…. Especially if you have any scheduled activities in the County such as rafting, ziplining, train rides, etc…

Project website: www.i70mtn.codot.gov
Project email: cdot_wbppslproject@state.co.us
Project hotline: (720) 828-8299
Text alerts: Text wbi70 to 21000 to sign up for text alerts

Clear Creek County Public Transportation
The Clear Creek County Prospector is a public transportation service offering an affordable means of travel within the County limits. With three loops in the morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday. The Prospector provides the opportunity to spend your day visiting other towns within the County or connect to Bustang®. Prospector one-way fare: $2 Town-to-Town; $1 Within a Town – Exact Change Please. 50% Discount: Seniors, Students, and Children. Call (303) 679-2552 to request a deviated stop, reservation required 3 days in advance. Two wheel chair accessible spots also available and reservations are recommended. The Prospector does not typically run on County holidays.

Bustang
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s interregional express bus service taking you as far as Denver, Vail, or Grand Junction with east and west bound stops in Idaho Springs.

Car2Go
Like a rental car, but way better – No reservations required. No long lines. No refueling. No worries. Cars are available on the street and in designated lots around Denver. A live map is available in our car sharing app. You can hop in a car whenever, wherever and leave it in the Home Area – no need to return it where you grabbed it from. Where you go in between starting and stopping is your adventure. Done with your trip? Park in any approved legal spot (for FREE) and go.

Enterprise Rental Car
Save 5% off your rental with code CHLA006

Lyft
Lyft is a great resource in getting around in urban communities, however it may be difficult to locate a Lyft in rural communities such as Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. Please keep this in mind if you are planning to take a Lyft from Denver to Clear Creek County as you will need to coordinate a return service with Bustang to get back to Denver and the Front Range.

Roadrunner Express
Denver airport ground transportation services include, private chauffeured luxury SUV or chartered van services from Denver International to ski resorts, Hotels, condos and private homes, Door to door service throughout Colorado, Groups of 4 or more receive a 10% discount. 

SnowStang
Stay tuned… The Colorado Department of Transportation is looking to launch this service winter, 2019!

Uber
Uber is a great resource in getting around in urban communities, however it may be difficult to locate an Uber in rural communities such as Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. Please keep this in mind if you are planning to Uber from Denver to Clear Creek County as you will need to coordinate a return service with Bustang to get back to Denver and the Front Range.

ZipCar
Own the trip, not the car… Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network. Giving you on-demand access to drive cars by the hour or the day in cities, airports, and campuses around the globe.