Museums, mining sites, unique architecture, amazing vistas…the Idaho Springs area offers all this and more.
The historic Argo Mill offers educational and entertaining tours. See how the ore was processed back in the day, visit a real gold mine and after your tour you can pan for gold. You get to keep what you find! This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Fun for the whole family!
Carnegie Library | 219 14th Ave.
The Idaho Springs Public Library was built in 1904 with help from Andrew Carnegie. It is one of the dwindling number of Carnegie libraries that still operates as a library. Stop by to look at the unique architecture and stunning woodwork and craftsmanship inside. While you’re there you can also use one of the library’s computers to check email or whatever else you may need to take care of online. It is one of two libraries in the Clear Creek Library District.
Central Hose House Museum | 1340 Miner Street
From 1925 to the 1980s, this building served the city; first as the primary hose house and then as the city’s maintenance shop. After a complete renovation, it now operates in the summer months as a self-guided fire museum under the oversight of the Historical Society of Idaho Springs.
Visit the past and learn more about Idaho Springs and how things used to be. The museum is operated year-round by the Historical Society of Idaho Springs and also houses our Visitor Center and the US Forest Service Visitor Center.
Underhill Museum | 1416 Miner Street
Step inside and see how James and Lucy Underhill lived and worked in the early 1900s. Underhill was a surveyor and mining engineer so the building was constructed as a combination home and office. Take a self-guided tour through this carefully restored home and office. The museum is operated seasonally by the Historical Society of Idaho Springs. Don’t forget to visit the garden in back!
Edgar Experimental Mine
The Edgar Mine is owned by the Colorado School of Mines and offers students hands-on, practical experience in underground exploration and engineering. In its heyday, the Edgar produced high-grade silver, gold, lead and copper. Located at the top of 8th Avenue, the mine is open for tours; must be booked in advance. Read more…
Georgetown Loop Railroad
Operating between Georgetown and Silver Plume over the Devil’s Gate High Bridge, the Loop Railroad is another chance to revisit the past. Train buffs and anyone who enjoys scenic views from a new perspective will have a great time on the train. Read more…
Phoenix Gold Mine
Just a few miles outside Idaho Springs you will be able to tour a real working gold mine. The mine has hosted visitors from all over the world and you can add yourself to that list. While you’re there, be sure to touch the Lucky Bucket! Read more…
St. Mary’s Glacier
For unsurpassed mountain vistas, and to see a little snow even in summer, take the drive up to St. Mary’s. Exit 238 from I-70, then about nine miles up Fall River Road. It’s a beautiful drive any time of year.
Echo Lake/Echo Lake Lodge
Head out of town on Hwy 103, go through the switchbacks and curves for about 14 miles and you will find yourself at Echo Lake. The Lake and Lodge are the property of Denver Mountain Parks. The 1920s wood Lodge is open all summer with a restaurant and gift shop. It’s famous for its pies! Read more…
Turn up Colorado Highway 5 at Echo Lake Lodge and continue climbing for another 9 miles on the highest paved highway in the US. You’ll end up at the summit of Mt. Evans and, if you’ve never been there, you may not believe your eyes! Be sure to take warm clothes (it gets nippy at 14,000 feet) and plenty of water. Highway 5 is open in the summer only due to weather conditions. Read more…