Accessibility

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Discover Clear Creek County and many accessible amenities to accommodate your visit to the beautiful Rocky Mountains!

Choose from accessible camping, lodging, attractions, specialized hiking trails, swimming pools, restaurants, shopping, and more… We hope you will make Clear Creek County part of your memories for years to come!

Hike + Wheel + Explore

PAW Trail – Partners for Access to the Woods designed this trail in Empire, Colorado to be wheelchair and walker accessible, and for the visual and hearing impaired as well.

This is a one of a kind accessible hiking trail showcasing the history of the wagon road over Berthoud Pass. The trail is also enhanced with interpretive signage, and gravel sections level with the trail providing a different texture for impaired hikers to roam on. The trail is 481-feet long with a few steep grades.

Camp

Easterseals Rocky Mountain Village Camp in Empire, Colorado is regarded as one of the top Easterseals camps in the country!

Fully accessible and used by more than 1,200 children and adults living with disabilities throughout the year. Campers enjoy swimming, fishing, overnight camping, outdoor cooking, travel camp, day trips, arts and crafts, sports and recreation, hiking, dances, music and drama, horse-back riding, zip-lining and more!

Accessible Mountain Getaway

Enjoy a weekend getaway at the Lawson Adventure Park and Resort and stay at the Aspen Cabin. The Aspen Cabin is Wheelchair Accessible, ADA approved, and pet friendly.

Complete with open floor plan, queen size bed, additional sleeper sofa, bathroom, kitchen, living room, fireplace, and mountainside deck with grill too.

Zipline

Dreams do come true! AVA Zipline in Idaho Springs had the honor of taking Pete the 28 year old thrill seeker with cerebral palsy ziplining!

The guides at AVA are so passionate about connecting people with the outdoors that Pete was able to fulfill his lifetime dream of going ziplining. Watch the video of Pete on the zipline here.

AVA will always do their best in making trips like these a reality for those with disabilities. If you have questions about rafting, zip lining and more with a disability please connect with them today!

Historic Sites

Enjoy the Historic sites of Clear Creek County – Charlie Tayler Water Wheel Park and Bridal Veil Falls in Downtown Historic District of Idaho Springs can be easily accessed from the parking lot behind City Hall just off of Miner Street.

The park features an ADA compliant walkway, beautiful decorative concrete, park benches, interpretive signage, incredible views of the iconic water wheel, and occasional sightings of white water rafters, kayaks, fly fishermen, and wildlife.

Accessible Luxury

Enjoy comfort and relaxation at the new Microtel in Georgetown, Colorado. Featuring five ADA compliant, wheelchair accessible rooms complete with accessible bathroom, audible and visual emergency alarms, remote control window coverings, wheelchair height electrical outlets, light switches, peephole, vanity, and more…

Elevators are located near the accessible rooms and the hotel pool also offers an electronic, remote controlled ADA pool lift.

Accessible Attractions

Georgetown Loop Railroad

646 Loop Drive
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Hotel de Paris Museum

409 6th Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Silver Queen Walking Tours

614 Taos Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Georgetown’s Heritage Center

809 Taos Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Phoenix Gold Mine

800 Trail Creek Road
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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ATV Tours Colorado

3627 Alvarado Road
Dumont, CO 80436

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Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and Visitor Center

2060 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Idaho Springs Historic Walking Tours

2060 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Scenic Drives

Enjoy the incredible views as you travel along two scenic byways or navigate the other beautiful mountain drives in Colorado’s great Rocky Mountains.

From the Bristlecone Pine Forest to the summit parking lot at Mount Evans, travel along the Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway or the Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway to enjoy breathtaking views, marvelous vistas, Aspen groves, waterfalls, and wildlife waiting to be discovered!

Fishing

There are wheelchair accessible bankside fishing piers along Clear Creek. Choose from the Philadelphia Mill Site Park, Lawson Whitewater Park, or Montgomery Park at Courtney Ryley Cooper Park (on the west side of 23rd Ave). Enjoy sitting lake side at Echo Lake Park, Georgetown Lake or at Grandma and Grandpa’s local fishing pond Mt Evans Trout Fishing.

The Clear Creek Watershed Foundation made these sites possible with help from partners such as Fishing is Fun and the Clear Creek County Government.

Train Rides

All aboard the narrow gauge Georgetown Loop Railroad, one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions completed in 1884.

The Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park® is perfect for a fun filled day with the family! All ages and abilities welcome. Many coach cars, and select parlor cars are wheelchair accessible.

Enjoy the great scenery, sounds and sights of Clear Creek, and listening to the surrounding sounds of the train whistle and steam or diesel powered locomotive as the train winds it way from Georgetown to Silver Plume.

Accessible Transit

Clear Creek County offers Free Transit Solutions with ADA modified shuttles and wheelchair lifts.

These shuttles are available Monday through Saturday from 6am until 8pm. Look for local bus stop signs in Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. There are additional stops Monday through Thursday in Evergreen.

Accessible Restaurants

Many restaurants are wheelchair accessible - Below are a few recommendations

The Alpine Restaurant & Bar

1106 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Coopers on the Creek

1500 Argentine Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Guanella Pass Brewery (Georgetown)

501 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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The Happy Cooker

412 6th Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub

1401 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Westbound & Down Brewery

1617 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Clear Creek Cidery Tavern & Taps

1446 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Beau Jo’s Pizza

1517 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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UTV Tours

Experience the excitement of exploring the Rocky Mountains in a side-by-side UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) with friends and family! Located just 30 miles west of Denver, these accessible UTV’s allow you to enjoy the historic trails of Colorado backcountry, and with multiple trails, there is something for every thrill level.

Your guides will work to help you feel comfortable on the mountain trails and will go over instructional and safety training before heading out. Choose from one and two hour excursions.

Gold Mine Tours

Learn about the Colorado Gold Rush and explore history, geology, equipment, and gold processing in Idaho Springs at the Phoenix Gold Mine, Est. 1875.

This family owned and operated Colorado mine has been offering guided tours since 1988. Underground tours and gold panning for all ages and abilities. Please let the team know when making reservations if you will need special accommodations. At the Phoenix Gold Mine their goal is for everyone to enjoy the experience!

Keep an eye out for chipmunks, squirrels, humming birds, and mountain goats as they often visit the mine too!

Aquatics + Fitness

The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation Center in Idaho Springs was completely renovated in 2015. The entire facility is wheelchair accessible and several new features were installed – Now guests with special needs can enjoy a zero depth gravity pool, vortex pool, and even the lap pool with the ease of remote controlled ADA approved pool lifts.

The Rec Center also offers ADA compliant locker rooms and family locker rooms, full size gymnasium, meeting rooms, and elevator access to 2nd floor with access the state-of-the-art weight room, and indoor track. Group rates and facility rentals also available.

Paved Trails

The Bakerville Loveland Trail is five miles in length (one way) connecting Bakerville, Colorado to the east side of Loveland Valley Ski Area.  This paved trail gently climbs from 9,776 feet to just over 10,680 feet in altitude and is overlapped by the Continental Divide Trail connecting to Herman Gulch trail head. ADA compliant restrooms were recently installed on the Bakerville side of the trail.

During winter months, snowcat grooming provides an improved experience for fat bikes, cross country skiers and snow shoeing.

Paved Trails - Greenway

With more than 30 miles of pavement – the Greenway Trail System is an extension that will become part of the P2P (Peaks-to-Plains) trail system crossing Colorado.

Today, the trail is a patchwork of interconnected 6-8ft wide concrete and asphalt paths, interspersed along frontage roads running the length of Clear Creek County from Hwy 6 & I-70 east of Idaho Springs to Loveland Valley Ski Area. This incredible multi-use recreational paved trail provides access for all levels of mobility, as well as fishing access and wildlife viewing.

Gondola - Coming Soon

The Mighty Argo Mill and Tunnel is installing a 1.2 mile and 1,300 vertical foot Cable Car that will honor the local mining history and feature incredible vistas. A one-of-a-kind experience for all ages and abilities.

The upper landing will offer a variety of outdoor public spaces including food and beverage, restrooms, decks, amphitheaters, and interpretive nature and history trails.

Do you have an accessible amenity or opportunity in Clear Creek County? Please reach out and let us know…

Clear Creek County is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Located just west of Denver along Interstate 70, Clear Creek has 396 square miles of public lands to explore, as well as four mountain peaks above 14,000 feet. Clear Creek is comprised of charming mountains towns Idaho Springs, Downieville, Lawson, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume, which are all along the I-70 corridor. Learn more about Clear Creek County here.

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