The Hidee Gold Mine is just 1.5 miles from downtown Central City, on the Central City Parkway. Underground tours of the mine take about an hour, with gold panning included. There is also ample space for you to enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful Colorado sunshine.
GeorgeTown Loop Railroad
The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado's first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time.
The thriving mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume lie two miles apart in a steep, narrow mountain canyon. To connect them, the railroad's builders designed a “corkscrew” route that traveled twice the distance, slowly gaining more than 600 feet in elevation. It included horseshoe curves, grades of up to 4%, and four bridges across Clear Creek, including the massive Devil's Gate High Bridge. The Colorado & Southern Railway operated the line for passengers and freight from 1899 to 1938, when it was abandoned.
In 1973, the Colorado Historical Society began restoring the railroad as part of its 978-acre Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park. A replica of the High Bridge was completed in 1984, in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its original construction.
The Colorado Gold Trailfollows I-70 west of Denver, with the participating communities clustered to the north and south of the interstate. This makes it a convenient route to follow as you explore Colorado and the richness of the communities makes it a don't-miss experience on your visit to Colorado.
The Peak to Peak Highwayis Colorado's oldest scenic bi-way that is less than an hour from Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins. This 55-mile-long route provides matchless views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches with a string of popular attractions along the way.
Heritage Square is a Storybook Victorian theme park shopping village. Alpine Slide, Go-Karts, Paddle Boats and more. Open daily, with free admission and parking. Located at 18301 W Colfax Ave., Golden, CO 80401.
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is nestled in the Rocky Mountain Foothills fifteen miles west of Denver. It is a symbol of nature's unparalleled majesty. Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air Amphitheatre that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheatre consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance.
Experience the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains as you move in elevation from 8,000 to 14,259 feet. Hike, mountain bike, or watch for wildlife. Take along a picnic basket and sit and enjoy the serene settings. Don't forget your camera! For more information, visit Rocky Mountain National Park online.
The world's largest single brewing facility located just 12 miles west of Denver. Tours are free. This attraction is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See 3,500 different animals, representing more than 650 species. Some highlights include gorillas, zebras, black rhinos, king cobras, and vampire bats. Don't forget to visit Bear Mountain - the first naturalistic habitat of its kind in North America - and Predator Ridge - a panoramic view of Africa. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit theDenver Zooonline or call 303-376-4800.
The Denver Museum of Natural History has one of the finest dinosaur exhibits in the nation, as well as 100 dioramas of plants and animals in natural settings. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reflect on history. Make plans to spend some time in Colorado's extraordinary museums. From art to nature and science to famous Coloradans, you're sure to find something that piques your curiosity.
One of the world's most famous dinosaur fossil locations,Dinosaur Ridge provides many options for exploring the tracks, fossils, and geology of the area. Call 303-697-3466 for more information.
Explore the varied ecosystems of Colorado with a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens. In addition to its main site, Denver Botanic Gardens offers two satellite locations - a picturesque nature preserve along the banks of Deer Creek and the lore of the alpine tundra. Phone 720.865.3500 for more information.
Located just beyond the foothills of Golden, Mother Cabrini Shrine is a place of prayer and pilgrimage. The shrine is dedicated to the first American saint, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who founded the Order of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. A 22-foot tall statue of Jesus stands atop a 373-step stairway. Call 303.526.0758 for more information
Visit the Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder. You'll see the world's most advanced tea production plant, enjoy an extensive display of original artwork, taste a wide variety of tea flavors, and shop in the Tea Shop. For more information, call 303.581.1202
Whether you're an amateur or an expert, Clear Creek Rafting offers some of the best rafting in Colorado. Take a scenic, relaxing trip on the Colorado River or ride the whitewater of the Arkansas or Clear Creek Rivers. Phone 1-800-353-9901 for more information. Only 10 minutes from the campground! www.clearcreekrafting.com
The Central City Opera House & Festival is among Colorado's elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country, the company continues to make history with three productions each year.
TheGilpin County Historical Museumoverlooks Lawrence Street on the hilltop and will take you back to the early days of Central City. Toys, mining artifacts, antiques and an abundance of Central City Opera memorabilia are all displayed
The Argo Gold Mine and Millis located on I-70 just 35 minutes west of Denver in Idaho Springs, Colorado. The Argo Mill, Mine and Museum tour is educational and fun for all ages! Open Daily 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. The last tour is at 4:30 p.m. Call (303) 567-2421 for more information.
Tour an actual working gold mine and try your hand at discovering gold. You get to keep whatever you find at Phoenix Gold Mine. Featured in National Geographic and seen on The Discovery Channel. Call 303.567.0422 for more information
The Central City Opera is among Colorado's elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country, the company continues to make history with three productions each year including one opera favorite, one American work and one lesser-known piece. Ticketing Office Information: Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Opera House itself is located at 124 Eureka Street in Central City, CO.
The Thomas House Museumcontains the treasured possessions of one family from the nineteenth century. A tour of this quaint home will take you back in time to the days when Central City was first settled.
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