Clear Creek is located in the same old mining valley in the Colorado Rockies where Idaho Springs sits. The average gradient of Clear Creek is 67 feet per mile—it has white water rafting sections appropriate for all ages and abilities. Its proximity to Denver, Boulder, Summit County and Winter Park make this thrilling section of white water easily accessible. Many rafting trips originate from an outpost right in Idaho Springs! If you’ve never been rafting before, a day trip to Idaho Springs and a trip down Clear Creek can give you an affordable introduction into this family-friendly fun-filled activity.
Many activities beckon in the historic mountain town of Idaho Springs, including mining and walking tours, museums, shopping, rafting, hiking, coffee shops, eateries and more. One breathtaking and iconic vista in Idaho Springs is Bridal Veil Falls as it plunges behind the Charlie Taylor Waterwheel into Clear Creek. The Water wheel was built in the 1890’s by gold miner Charlie Taylor. Charlie is a local legend of sorts. He attributed his longevity to the fact that he never bathed or kissed women. Perhaps the first thing led to the second… The water wheel was moved from its original site – a 19th century gold mining stamp mill – to its present location in 1948. It was restored in 1988. The falls and water wheel are located on the south side of I-70 as one passes through Idaho Springs. This site is owned by the town, and is just one of many historic places in the area. If you love local history, check out what’s just around the corner in Idaho Springs.