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Clear Creek County Winter Itinerary

Located just west of Denver, Clear Creek County has some incredible skiing to be found at Loveland Ski Area. However, there are many other reasons to plan a snow day or weekend in the Gateway to the Rocky Mountains. From snowtubing to ice skating, this itinerary is packed with wintery activities to get your heart pumping.

Play - Snowtubing

Just 36 miles from Denver, ECHO Mountain Resort offers the closest tubing hill to the Front Range. Come enjoy six lanes of tubing fun complete with a conveyor lift. Apparel is available to rent onsite, from snow pants to helmets. And did we mention Night Tubing? Add to the family excitement with the thrill of sledding under the stars!

Insider Tip:   Dress for the weather! Just like skiing, you may come in direct contact with snow and cold temperatures. Layer up, it’s easier to take off a layer if it’s warmer than expected. Hats, gloves, scarves, winter coats and snow pants are a must for your packing list!

Eat + Drink - Breakfast

Stay - Idaho Springs

Situated in beautiful Idaho Springs, Colorado, the Bearadise Motel is a great, dog-friendly (no pet fees!) paradise to rest your head and recharge. You will enjoy a genuine nostalgic and rustic stay in a truly classic American motel built-in 1949. Bearadise is truly a one of a kind motel, boasting amazing mountain views and rustic cabin and cottage themes in each room.

Stay - Lawson

Located just west of Idaho Springs, you can stay where you play! From glamping to luxury cabins, enjoy a unique getaway at the cozy Lawson Adventure Park and Resort. Year-round activities, adventures and tours are offered on-site.  

Eat + Drink - Lunch

Choose to sit creek side in an enclosed patio, try outdoor mining themed experiences, or stay warm inside...

Coopers on the Creek

1500 Argentine Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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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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Clear Creek Cidery Tavern & Taps

1446 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Play - Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing through the Colorado Rockies and the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest may quickly become your passion. This fun, freeing winter activity allows you to break away from the hustle and bustle while connecting with nature and the undisturbed beauty of our scenic backcountry. Enjoy breathing in cold, alpine air for an exhilarating rush as you trek along fresh snowfall and past flocked evergreens on various trails. Your snowshoeing getaway awaits, just west of Denver. 

Insider Tip: Georgetown Outdoor Discovery offers snowshoe tours including all equipment. Tour with a knowledgeable and experienced guide, learn about local history, all in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Eat + Drink - Dinner

Here are some recommendations for best Clear Creek County Pizza:

Beau Jo’s Pizza

1517 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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Pickaxe Pizza

1640 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

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The Alpine Restaurant & Bar

1106 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444

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Guanella Pass Brewery (Empire)

18 E. Park Ave
Empire, CO 80438

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The Ice is Nice

In Clear Creek County we love our ice. Whether you want to try ice fishing, watch thrilling ice racing, or try some spins on the new synthetic Glice rink in Idaho Springs, the ice is plentiful and easy to find!

Play - Ice Fishing

Clear Creek County offers adventures for every type of mountain angler. In the winter months Georgetown Lake offers a unique ice fishing adventure with Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brook Trout.

Bring your warming hut, auger, best rod and reel, lure/bait, fishing license, and pull up a chair to enjoy an afternoon in the fresh Rocky Mountain air as you sit at more than 8,530′ above sea level in Georgetown, Colorado.

Play - Ice Racing

During the winter months of January and February with favorable conditions, locals and travelers alike hop into their AWD (All-wheel Drive) and 4WD (Four-wheel Drive) vehicles to experience ice racing on frozen Georgetown Lake in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains just west of Denver!

Play - Ice Skating

The CCMRD Frozen Fire Ice Rink at Digger Field is made of Glice® allowing you to skate and enjoy a wonderful winter pastime anytime – plus it’s eco-friendly! Gather your family and friends for this outdoor recreational activity. The Glice® Eco Skating Rinks are comprised of premium quality synthetic ice, that provides users a realistic skating experience in any weather, without water or energetic costs.

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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