You haven’t really seen the best parts of Colorado until you have driven Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the Northern Hemisphere. At 14,260 feet above sea level, you can feel that you are at the top of the world, even though as you approach Idaho Springs, you know that Mt. Evans looms above you.
As you watch the mountain goats and bighorn sheep graze high above the timberline, you know that this area is a place that deserves a bit of time to explore. Stay with the charm of the high altitude wilderness area when you search for lodging in Idaho Springs and spend the night at the Call of the Canyon Cabins.
Rustic Yet Comfortable Lodging in Idaho Springs
The charming waterfront Call of the Canyon Cabins are clean and decorated with charming personal touches that make them a cozy place to relax after a day exploring the historic area. Each of the cabins has a full kitchen with microwave. Sink into the cozy comfort of the queen-sized log featherbed in the bedroom and fall to sleep listing to the water rushing down West Chicago Creek.
Call of the Canyon Cabins aren’t equipped with telephones or televisions. They don’t allow smoking or pets. According to their website, they don’t allow stress, either, and strive to make your stay pleasant. Bathrooms and showers are waiting with plush guest robes and organic soaps from local crafters.
If the night skies don’t interest you, relax in the evenings over the puzzles, games, cards or books that you’ll find in each cabin and while away the hours in front of the fireplace.
Before the sun sets, enjoy a glass of wine by the creek or bring a book to one of the hammocks by the waterfall. A stroll around the property will give you the opportunity to watch the birds or inspect the wildflowers. The property is also a perfect spot for fishing, hiking or mountain biking.
Call of the Canyon Cabins are located near a lot of diverse activities in the Rockies. Idaho Springs gets its name from the natural mineral hot springs and Chief Idahoe. Both the Arapahoe and Mountain Indian tribes thought the waters were sacred.
While you’re visiting the area, take a mine tour in the area where the Colorado Gold Rush started in 1859. Enjoy the chance to pan for gold or gemstones. Besides the close proximity to the best skiing in the country, summers are full of fun opportunities for vacationers.
Check the schedule of the famous Central City Opera House located a few minutes away in Central City to see if your stay coincides with one of their summer performances. Explore the Victorian era buildings or try out your luck at one of the casinos.
If You Go
If you decide to seek lodging in Idaho Springs at the Call of the Canyon Cabins, you’ll find them at 104 West Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs, CO. The phone number is 303-567-0170 or you can e-mail them at CanyonCabins@yahoo.com.
They are just off of the Mt. Evans Scenic and Historic Byway. If you are approaching from Denver, take Exit 240 off of I-70W. Turn left toward Mt. Evans and proceed for 6.6 miles to West Chicago Creek Road. Turn right and continue for about 500 feet and take the second driveway on the left to get to the cabins.
Photos courtesy of Call of the Canyon Cabins.