Top things to do in Idaho Springs

Mountain in Idaho Springs

Mt Evans

The pinnacle of many visitors’ trips to Colorado is a drive to the alpine summit of Mt Evans, less than an hour west of Denver’s skyscrapers. It was opened in 1930 and remains the highest paved road in North America…
Glacier in Idaho Springs

St Mary's Glacier

Wildflowers and windswept trails, boulders and snowfields – these are the disproportionately big rewards for the easy hike up to St Mary’s Glacier. It’s a quick day escape from Denver, and the modest elevation gains…
Brewery in Idaho Springs

Westbound & Down Brewing Company

The smell of malted barley greets you as you walk through the door into this modern space with long communal tables, whitewashed brick walls, brewing equipment in the back and a full dining menu from the adjacent Bu…
Brewery in Idaho Springs

Tommyknocker Brewery

You don’t even have to like beer to know these guys are good: scores of medals from beer competitions hang over the sunlit dining space in a testament to the expert brews. Pub food runs from buffalo burgers to brats…
Barbecue in Idaho Springs

Smokin Yard's BBQ

Texas-style brisket, Carolina pulled pork, all-you-can-eat ribs on Monday and $2 cans of PBR ensures the parking lot here is perpetually full. Stop by for beef sliders and local brews on tap during happy hour. It’s …
Cafe in Idaho Springs

Two Brothers Deli

The coziest cafe in town, this is an excellent option for refueling with an espresso, a smoothie or a quick meal. Breakfast wraps, fresh sandwiches and baguette pizzas are served throughout the day.
American in Idaho Springs

Buffalo Restaurant & Bar

The buffalo burger – all-natural, free of antibiotics and growth hormones – is the way to go at this Western-style place on the main drag. The historic building gets lively at lunch, when people pack in under the br…
Pizza in Idaho Springs

Beau Jo's

Beau Jo's thick-crust mountain pies are far from gourmet, but if you're in need of a high-calorie meal after a hard day's play, it will certainly do you right. A Colorado institution, it's a sure-fire kid-pleaser.
Sports & Outdoors in Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Outdoors

A small shop selling rods, reels, flies and outdoor gear. You can also call in for a condition report for streams in the area.