Full-Moon Snowshoeing

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I love snowshoeing. I love the sound of nothing but aluminum crampons crunching over a packed trail, and, even better, the thumping of 25-inch tails on fresh powder. I love the solitude; the cold, high-mountain winter air and the reward of blazing new trail that I know others will follow. It wasn’t until I started … Read more Full-Moon Snowshoeing

The Soothing Powers of the Indian Hot Springs

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If you glance to your right while driving west along Interstate 70, you can see the whole town of Idaho Springs – a historic town rich in mining history.  It’s a convenient stopover for a nice lunch on your way to the many ski areas along I-70.  If you have more time, it’s also a … Read more The Soothing Powers of the Indian Hot Springs

St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure

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One of Colorado’s more attractive scenes is St. Mary’s Glacier, located in Clear Creek County, less than an hour’s drive west of Denver. It’s close enough for a day trip, yet far enough away to lose yourself in the quiet mountain serenity. Technically, St. Mary’s Glacier isn’t a glacier because the mass of ice and … Read more St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure

Answer the Call of the Canyon When You Stay in Idaho Springs

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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 … Read more Answer the Call of the Canyon When You Stay in Idaho Springs

Discover Serenity at Baxter’s on the Creek B&B

Traveling is often hectic. That’s one of the reasons why I always try to give myself a special treat when I’m traveling. Recently I was treated better than I expected when I first started looking for lodging in Idaho Springs. Sometimes you get an urge to just get away and relax, and although there is … Read more Discover Serenity at Baxter’s on the Creek B&B

In Hot Water: Mother Nature’s Hot Springs

No matter the season, slipping into natural hot springs is a relaxing, rejuvenating way to while away the hours. Heated by the planet’s interior, water bubbles up through cracks and fissures, typically gathering a load of minerals along the way. When the water finds its way at the surface, it’s Mother Nature’s hot tub. For … Read more In Hot Water: Mother Nature’s Hot Springs

Visit Mangia! for Casual Italian in Idaho Springs

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Idaho Springs is a community built out of the Gold Rush. It is located directly west of Denver, making it an excellent location to visit for those who want to be near the city, yet prefer the ambiance of a less urban Colorado vacation destination. It is named after a hot mineral spring that you … Read more Visit Mangia! for Casual Italian in Idaho Springs

Idaho Springs: Experience the Quiet Side of Colorado

Idaho Springs is the largest town in Clear Creek County, yet it only has around 1,900 residents. If you are trying to decide where to go in Colorado and are looking for a location where you can truly get away from it all, this quiet community just might be it. While your travel to Idaho … Read more Idaho Springs: Experience the Quiet Side of Colorado

Idaho Springs: Serving Up Mind-Blowing BBQ and Enormous Mountain Pies

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Being that it is a small mountain town, you’ll probably find your vacation to Idaho Springs is mainly focused on hitting the slopes to ski or snowboard.  While this is all well and good, you’re going to need something to fuel your body as you shred through the powder.  Idaho Springs offers up a variety … Read more Idaho Springs: Serving Up Mind-Blowing BBQ and Enormous Mountain Pies

Mount Evans Wilderness: High Altitude, High Adventure

At 14,264 feet, Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s most well-known peaks and is part of the vast Mount Evans Wilderness, whose boundaries start about 35 miles west of Denver. With 74,400 acres stretching from Echo Lake to Grant, the wilderness is a great place to forget about the city and enjoy some high-altitude trails. … Read more Mount Evans Wilderness: High Altitude, High Adventure

Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

Chilling winds whistle as byway travelers leave the comfort of their cars to scale the final 130 vertical feet to the summit of Mount Evans. The trail zigs and zags upward. Although the distance is only a quarter-mile, muscles burn and lungs crave oxygen. Within minutes, though, climbers stand on top of the world. The … Read more Scenic Byway: Mount Evans

Gold Digger: Inside the Phoenix Gold Mine

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Deep beneath the earth, in the dim, cool tunnels of The Phoenix Gold Mine, you can still see veins of gold-streaked ore, bright metallic flecks that speckle the rock. One of the veins shimmers bright blue and green — the colors come from oxidized copper — and the bold streak across the walls of the … Read more Gold Digger: Inside the Phoenix Gold Mine