Located just 30 miles west of Denver, Clear Creek Country is a place full of history and adventure.
Gold, Silver, and History in Colorado
Known as Cannonball Creek back in 1820, then Vasquez Fork or Vasquez River in the 1830s, Clear Creek Country, which earned its name in 1859, held flakes of gold that drew tons of miners to the mountains. People started getting to this area because of the gold and silver mining that was going on back then, and eventually, tourists followed them, as they were interested in the cool air and high peaks of the area. With the inflow of people in the region, towns started to be developed, including Georgetown and Idaho Springs.
The silver mines of Silver Plume created a booming miner’s community, while Empire balanced gold mining with its growing role as gateway to Berthoud Pass and the Middle Park area of central Colorado. By the mid-1880s, the county’s population topped 7,800, only to drop to 2,100 by the 1930s as the economics of hard metal mining quieted the hammers and drills.
Eventually, the county began to recover its popularity, and after World War II, the skiing industry started to grow, which also added value to this area. Over time, Clear Creek has become more and more popular for several reasons, with its beautiful surrounding nature being one of the most relevant ones.
Adventure Awaits in Clear Creek
Today, many people flock to Idaho Springs and the surrounding area for many recreational activities, as Clear Creek County is 80% Public Lands or National Forrest. This means there are tons of activities waiting for you in this wonderful place, such as horseback riding, whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, and much more. The Clear Creek River just happens to be the steepest raftable river in Colorado and has an average gradient of 67 feet per mile and over 100 feet per mile on the advanced sections of the stream. This translates to more rapids per mile. This area also boasts beautiful mountain scenery, with an abundance of wildlife. You can see muskrats, beavers, deer, bighorn sheep, and even an occasional eagle. So, don’t waste another minute and plan your next outdoor trip with Mile Hi Rafting. We offer great packages and can customize your trip to make it into an unforgettable experience.