Fall In Love With Clear Creek County

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Fall in Love with Clear Creek County Colorado

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Located just 20 miles west of Denver, the Victorian Mountain Towns of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume make the perfect destination for Colorado fall favorites! From weekend getaways to craft beers, unique shopping experiences and activities be sure to include Visit Clear Creek when planning your next fall excursion, and who knows, you may just fall in love!

Fall Colors of Guanella Pass Colorado

Fall in the Rocky Mountains

Autumn brings stunning views and vistas to Clear Creek County with the spectacular color changes of the aspen, oak, cottonwood and willow trees. The historic towns of Clear Creek County are especially charming when dressed in their autumn gold, red, and orange finery.

Fall Aspen Leaves in Clear Creek County

Experience Fall Color

St Mary’s Glacier Trail is the perfect place to take someone in search of snow as there is some to be seen year-round at 11,236 feet above sea level. Drive along picturesque Fall River Road until you reach the small mountain community of St Mary’s and the Town of Alice. If you want to hike to the glacier it is just under 2 miles round trip and parking is just $5.00, cash only.

Breathtaking views are around every corner and there are so many ways to experience color season you’ll never want to leave!

Hilldaddys Wildfire Hubcap Pancake Idaho Springs

Breakfast + Coffee + Lightfare

From giant pancakes to freshly roasted coffee many local businesses have something unique to offer. Choose from traditional breakfasts, grab n go burritos, benedicts, omelets, gravy and decadent green chili.

Be sure to start your morning off right and stop by one of our breakfast spots sure to satisfy every hungry traveler!

Marion’s of the Rockies

2805 Colorado Blvd.
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Hildaddy’s Wildfire Restaurant

2910 Colorado Blvd.
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Main Street Restaurant

1518 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Georgetown Coffee and Tea

612 6th Street, Unit A
Georgetown, CO 80444

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The Happy Cooker

412 6th Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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The Frothy Cup

1510 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Plume Coffee Bar

855 Main Street
Silver Plume, CO 80476

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Westbound General

1617 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Open Highway

Fall Spectacular Scenic Drives

Clear Creek County is perfectly situated to access some of the most scenic drives in the Rocky Mountains. Add the fall colors and you have a perfect plan for leaf peeping, wildlife watching, and photography. It is quite easy to spend the entire day exploring these gorgeous routes!

Miners Pick Bed and Breakfast Idaho Springs

Cozy Accommodations

From Victorian homes transformed into unique bed and breakfasts to mountain side retreats and even yurts, there is a place for everyone to relax, unwind and breathe in the cool, crisp, fall mountain air.

Enjoy a cozy getaway and stay where you play!

Miners Pick Bed and Breakfast

1639 Colorado Blvd.
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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The Silver Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast

336 Crest Drive
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Lawson Adventure Park Resort Cabins + Yurts

3440 Alvarado Road
Lawson, CO 80436

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Rose Street Bed and Breakfast

200 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Flying Moon Cabins

104 W. Chicago Creek Rd.
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Indian Hot Springs

302 Soda Creek Road
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Elk Run Bed and Breakfast

1307 Witter Gulch
Evergreen, CO 80439

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A&A Stables Clear Creek County

Guided Horseback Trail Riding Tours

Exploring the Rocky Mountains on horseback is a great way to experience the beauty and solitude that attracted so many early settlers to Clear Creek County. Saddle up with local outfitter, A&A Stables and bask in the golden glow of the aspens!

The memories you make will be the real treasure of your ride.

The Argo Mill & Tunnel built into a sheer cliff face

Discover Gold and Silver Mine Tours

Dig into Colorado’s Historic Gold Rush and Silver Boom with a mine tour. With five mines to choose from, Clear Creek County captures the sheer magnitude of Colorado’s mining history.   Your mining “bucket list” should include:

train in fall colors

All Aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad

Come experience the thrill of riding in open air cars as you marvel at the towering Rocky Mountains, aspen-filled forest, and majestic sounds of the Clear Creek headwaters as the river rushes down the canyon. Be sure to plan a mine tour and gold-panning to complete your historic rail adventure!

Beau Jos Fall Flavors Idaho Springs Pizza

Festive Fall Flavors

Did someone say Pizza?

Clear Creek County is home to several local, independent pizza restaurants. Choose from deep dish Chicago style to traditional, thin and crispy, as well as the one and only Colorado Style Mountain Pie!

Our pizzas are sure to compliment the fall activities and fun you have shared throughout the day!

Beau Jo’s Pizza

1517 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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The Alpine Restaurant & Bar

1106 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Pickaxe Pizza

1640 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Picci’s Pizza

2745 Colorado Blvd.
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Cabin Creek Brewing

577 22nd Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Guanella Pass Brewery (Empire)

18 E. Park Ave
Empire, CO 80438

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Bighorn Sheep Festival with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Georgetown, CO

Fall Events + Festivals

This fall enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in Historic Downtown Idaho Springs at the Miner Street Market. There will be additional fall favorite events too ~ such as; Pumpkinfest and Octoberfest at the Georgetown Loop Railroad, Pumpkin and Pints, Halloween Fun Run, Pumpkin Smash, and the Annual Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival!

Be sure to check out our Events Page for details.

Beer Fall Favorites in Clear Creek County Mountain Towns

Suds of the Season

Sip on fall flavors at our local craft breweries! From Pumpkin Harvest Ale to Trail Tag Hazy IPA, Märzen, Peak to Peach Palisade, and Oktoberfest there are many blends to help you enjoy the change of seasons.

With breweries and tasting rooms in Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume you are sure to be surrounded by fall scenery as you sip on local suds and enjoy time with family and friends.

Azrteca burger fries fall food in Clear Creek County

Dinner + Drinks

Wind down the day with a gourmet dinner and ambient atmosphere. Cuisine ranges from Elk-Tar-Tar to Bison Burgers, Pho, Smothered Burritos, and beyond.

After dinner enjoy live music and entertainment at a few local watering holes such as the SweetEasy, 511 Saloon, or the Vintage Moose.

Coopers on the Creek

1500 Argentine Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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MTN Prime

1600 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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Pho Bay III

1025 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Buffalo Restaurant

1617 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Azteca Mexican Restaurant

1628 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Cabin Creek Brewing

577 22nd Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub

1401 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Art Gallery Idaho Springs Majestic Clear Creek County

Festive Specialty Shops

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Our boutiques and retailers are sure to have the perfect gift or selfish necessity to complete your fall excursion. Choose from handmade soaps, chocolates, and teas. Some merchants carry one-of-a-kind keepsakes, imported goods, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Children to adults there is something for everyone and for every season!

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through our mountain communities and peruse the art galleries, boutiques, and unique shops. Every purchase supports small business!

Smiling women suspended upside down on a zipline.

Thrill of Adventure

Last but definitely not least – Discover heart pumping adventure from ziplines to challenge courses, aerial parks and even via ferrata.

We hope you will come visit us this fall and experience it all!

Georgetown Outdoor Discovery in Clear Creek County Colorado

Explore the Great Outdoors

Travel along beautiful hiking trails and let your imagination run wild. From the sights and smells of autumn to the rugged terrain under your feet, the winding trails of Clear Creek County will have you surrounded in the colors of fall.

Georgetown Outdoor Discovery offers guided hiking tours year-round, allowing you to wander while they mind the trail.

Care for Colorado and Clear Creek County

Care for Colorado

We hope you enjoy your time in Clear Creek County and ask that you visit with kindness and care.

With these 7 Leave No Trace principles you too can help us protect our lands for future generations to come: : Know Before You Go, Stick To The Trails, Leave It As You Found It, Trash The Trash, Be Careful With Fire, Keep Wildlife Wild, and Share Our Trails And Parks.

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Fall in Love with Clear Creek County and all there is to do

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.