Central City, CO, United States
The "Richest Square Mile on Earth" is nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills, just a short drive west of Denver with ski areas located in close proximity to I-70.
Central City once was home to 40,000 gold miners, prospectors, and residents after gold was discovered in 1859. Now it's the home of some 500 residents and dozens of ghosts in its historic downtown businesses and hillside homes.
Festivals and celebrations such as the Madam Lou Bunch Days, Stills in the Hills, Cemetery Crawl, Gilpin Art Show, Tommyknockers Weekend, Hot Rod Hill Climb and Ghost Tours keep days and nights lively throughout the year. Don't miss the opportunity for a Victorian Tea and see Central City lit up in its Christmas finery.
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228 E 1st High St, Central City, CO, United States
Gilpin Historical Museum
This two-story stone building, built in 1870, served as a school until 1968. Since 1970 it has been home to the Gilpin History Museum. The museum houses collections related to the history of Gilpin County, with exhibits focusing on life in and the people of Gilpin County from the 1860s to the present. Displays include the Mountain Submarine, a recreated Main Street, the Mining Room, a school room, and other special exhibits related to the county's colorful history.
188 Alps Hill Road, Idaho Springs, CO, United States
A&A Historical Trails Stable
Historical Trails is a Colorado Horse back riding stable different and unique among many Colorado stables. Learn to ride a horse and you can have one of the most thrilling experiences of your life. The best in Colorado Trail rides, pony rides, horse rental, horseback rides, pack trips, hunting horses, pack horses.
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MM 6.3 Central City Parkway
Hidee Gold Mine
The group at the Hidee Mine concentrates on local geology, history and will explain mining methods past and present. Mining Tours include a stop at a real 5' vertical gold vein, where you use a single jack hammer and chisel to chip a gold ore sample loose, yours to keep!
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641-649 Gap Road, Golden, CO, United States
Panorama Point Overlook/Golden Gate Canyon State Park
The Panorama Point Overlook is a scenic twenty minutes from the Hooper Homestead up the beautiful Peak-to-Peak Highway. The overlook is a jewel-within-a-jewel situated 1.5 miles east of Highway 119 up Gap Road. Drink in spectacular views of the Continental Divide from the accessible pavillion. Gentle and moderately strenuous hikes are nearby.
13264 West Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs, CO, United States
Mount Evans Recreation Area/Echo Lake Lodge
Forty minutes from the Hooper Homestead is the portal to a magnificent mountain kingdom. The Mount Evans Recreation area is famous for having the highest auto road in the United States (open seasonally). Visit 2000 year old bristlecone pine trees at the Mount Goliath Nature Center, then wind your way up the scenic by-way to Summit Lake Park to view the delicate tundra and breathe in the peace of alpine lakes. Up from Summit Lakes is the Mount Evans Interpretive center that includes a short hike up to the summit of 14,271 feet. Summer visitors to Hooper Homestead won't want to miss this fabulous day-trip.
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Peak to Peak Highway, Black Hawk, CO, United States
Peak to Peak Highway (CO 119 - CO 72 - CO 7)
A mere eight minutes down Gregory Street is the entry to the south end of the fabulous Peak to Peak Highway. Winter, spring, summer and fall views of the Continental Divide will take your breath away as this scenic byway winds through the towns of Rollinsville, Nederland, Allenspark and Estes Park.
Idaho Springs, CO, United States
Idaho Springs is a twenty minute drive from the Hooper Homestead and has many fun recreational activities including Rafting, Ziplining and Gold Panning.
Idaho Springs, Colorado - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Founded in 1859 by prospectors during the early days of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, the town was at the center of the region's mining district throughout the late nineteenth century. The Argo Tunnel drained and provided access to many lodes of ore between Idaho Springs and Central City. During the late twentieth century, the town evolved into a tourist center along U.S. Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 40, which ascend Clear Creek Canyon through the historic mining district.