In wildness is the preservation of the world.  ~ Henry David Thoreau

I love my coexistence with wildlife here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Of course, we have to take certain precautions living so near the wild, but there is something about looking up from my morning paper to see a deer or fox gazing back at me that makes me happy. I feel alive. I feel a part of the rhythm of life. I feel … thankful.


Bighorn Sheep Festival

Clear Creek County has much to offer in the way of history and recreation. Just up the mountain from Idaho Springs is another historic town sharing its mining heritage – Georgetown. On November 12th, 2011, Georgetown will be hosting the Bighorn Sheep Festival. On May 1, 1961 the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep was designated as the official Colorado State Animal. This animal is found only in the Rockies, usually in very rugged terrain. The festival is tons of fun for the whole family. The Festival will happen come rain, snow or shine. There will be:

Bighorn Sheep Watching

Colorado Critter Parade at 12 Noon

Guided Hike (Meet at 22nd St. bridge 1 p.m.)

Story telling

Kids crafts & activities, face-painting, songs, and stories.

Lectures at the Community Center at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Meet Elbert the Bighorn Sheep

Take the opportunity to leave your hectic to-do list behind, and just have some fun, memory-making time with your family. You’ll get to know something about local wildlife, and enjoy the beautiful, bracing Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Riding the Rails

Are you kicking yourself because summer is ending and you never found the time to ride the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad? Well, it’s definitely not too late! The season goes through December 30, 2011, and the following are special events just for fall.

Be sure and check out the Beer and Brats train in September and October. The railroad will have a free Colorado micro brew beer tasting for all adult riders coupled with appetizers, brats & sauerkraut, and dessert. 

The Pumpkin Festival Trains are back again for your enjoyment the first two weekends of October. These excursions are a great favorite of children, their parents, and grandparents. The hay bale maze is set up outside the Lebanon Silver Mine for the little ones’ enjoyment. There are free pumpkins to take home for all the little ones. There will be games, a treasure hunt for nuggets, face painting and all of the railroad’s wonderful holiday characters returning. 

The Oktoberfest Trains are returning the last three weekends of October which utilize enclosed heated coaches. They will have a free Colorado micro brew beer tasting for all adult riders and free bratwurst or hot dogs for all riders. Come enjoy the crispness of fall days while taking your ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad®.

Check here for schedules and prices.

Fall Photos

Autumn in the Rocky Mountains is a special time – with warm days, cool nights, and breathtaking color. It’s the perfect time to schedule an outdoor photo for your family. There are many scenic spots throughout Clear Creek County that offer a spectacular backdrop for a family photo. As a local Evergreen company, Camara Photography is familiar with these fabulous, beautiful spots for outdoor photographs – and if you have a place that is special to your family, a photographer will meet you there. Contact them today to take advantage of the best fall color, and let them help you create a family memory full of Colorado flair and personality.


In January, 1859, George A. Jackson discovered gold at the confluence of what is today’s Chicago Creek and Clear Creek in Idaho Springs. This started the Rocky Mountain gold rush and almost overnight 50,000 men poured into Clear Creek Canyon, stretching from today’s city of Golden, West to Silver Plume and North over Seaton Mountain to Central City. These sites yielded over $1,700,000 in gold

After the easy placer gold was taken from the streams, the miners followed the trail of gold to its source in the mountain and the hard rock lode mining began. Over thirteen thousand mining claims were recorded in less than three years from 1859 to 1861. By 1902, there were over three hundred hard rock lode mines being worked in the Idaho Spring area. One of these mines was the Argo Gold Mine. Under the mine runs the Argo Tunnel, built in order to drain the deep mine shafts of water and enable the miners to raise up ore from depths of over one thousand feet.

The Argo Mill has been featured in many national publications and has been the set for several film productions. Because of the historic significance and impact that the Argo Tunnel and Mill played in local and state mining history, it was placed on the National Historic Register by the Department of the Interior in 1977.

The ArgoGold Mill and Museum is open daily. Schedule your tour today to see the operation of a historic 19th century gold mine.