What to do and see in Idaho Springs, Colorado (CO): The Best Private Tours

August 23, 2021 Mollie Coke

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City in the western United States, the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,717. Idaho Springs is located in Clear Creek Canyon, in the mountains upstream from Golden, some thirty miles (50 km) west of Denver. Local legend is that the name of the city derived from annual visits to the radium hot springs made by a Native American chief and his tribe who journeyed there each year from Idaho to bathe in the magic healing waters.
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1. Private Scenic Mount Evans Tour from Denver

Aspire Tours
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In the Winter this tour will go as far as Echo Lake. In the summer the top of Mount Evans is open. This tour is for people with an adventurous spirit. Be ready for some of the most incredible views only a short drive from Denver. Drive up a scenic road to the top of Mount Evans, one of Colorado’s highest 14'ers. Enjoy incredible views, wildlife in a comfortable ride and great company.

Inclusions: Driver/guide, Local guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Snacks, Bottled water, COVID-19 Prepared: masks, routine sanitizing, and more

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch

Reviewed By N9864LKfrankc

The Foothills Explorer Tour with Braelei was awesome!! She was a walking wealth of knowledge. Her educational background combined with her life experiences made the tour highly interesting. She knew the history regarding every site we visited. We also recognized how passionate she was when encountering the wildlife. The drive in between visiting landmarks was full of fun. I appreciated the way she captured everyone's attention. Her delivery was also on point. We learned so much during the short 4 hour tour. I could have definitely spent the entire day touring with Braelei. I'm looking forward to visiting Denver and booking another tour/s with her. After spending half a day with her, I realized that we had a similar interests as far as outdoor activities but yet also so different. It should be a requirement to tour with Braelei when visiting Denver. I appreciated every single thing about her especially her personality. My favorite tour guide of all time. She has set that bar on another level. THANK YOU Braelei!!!

2. The Only YOU-DRIVE Jeep Experience in Colorado

Idaho Springs, CO, USA Jeep Tours Colorado by Native Jeeps
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Native Jeeps offers expert-guided, custom Jeep tour adventures on the picturesque mountain roads outside Denver, in Clear Creek County, Colorado. We are the only permitted Jeep tour company with active operations in Clear Creek County! Also, we are the ONLY Jeep tour company that allows YOU to drive the vehicle! As such, we offer a truly unique experience and set of expedition tours on breathtaking trails no one else will show you. All this, with less than a 40 minute drive from central Denver, 45 minutes from Breckenridge and under an hour from Vail! So, if you’re in the area looking for the perfect day-trip getaway, outdoor adventure or even just a unique Instagram photo op surrounded by the fourteeners of the Rocky Mountains, Native Jeeps is the perfect fit for your plans.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Rugged Radios

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Reviewed By Maria S

I had an absolute blast riding around with Branden and Alma in the Jeeps. I was a little nervous at first, but they made me feel so comfortable coaching me step by step. Branden is so knowledgeable and so patient and Alma had me laughing the entire time. The ride was amazing, the company was even better, and the views at the top were breathtaking! Perfect day trip that got my adrenaline pumping. Can't wait to go again.

3. Listen to a Tour Guide While you Drive between Vail & Denver

Vail, CO 81657, USA Listen to a Tour Guide While You Drive between Vail & Denver | I-70
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Travel in either direction. Use your smartphone & vehicle's stereo to make your drive come alive! Using GPS, our fun game show host like tour guides will transform this beautiful drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure! Enhance your drive between destinations, or use as a one way stand alone tour. Hear about stop-worthy things to see & do, local animals, popular people, historical events & more. Over 55 points of interest will keep you entertained and take your road trip to the next level! Route. Interstate 70 between Vail & Denver with extensions to Breckenridge & Boulder. Freedom. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start/stop anywhere. Hands Free. Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Trivia Fun. Each point of interest has a fun trivia question included in the audio. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive. Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle.

Inclusions: Hands free (audio plays automatically), Lifetime Tour Access on Tripvia Tours app for Android & iOS, Download on WIFI before (no signal required or data used during tour)

Exclusions: Smartphone or tablet, Transportation (use your own vehicle)

4. Gold Mine and Hike St. Mary's Glacier

Union station, 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, USA Ximena Pareja
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This tour blends adventure and education. Children and adults will enjoy hiking St. Mary's Glacier. This is a high altitude (over 10,000ft.) semipermanent snow field located an hour from Denver. Amazingly, on a hot summer day you will find people skiing and sledding the glacier while others are cliff jumping into the frigid lake. You may want to bring your bathing suit and attempt a dip into the icy lake water! Dipping into the ice cold water not for you! Then just enjoy the scenery while you bask in the sun and enjoy an early morning picnic lunch. After lunch it's time to stimulate the cerebral cortex! We will hike back down to the van and drive to the Phoenix Gold Mine. A local expert will guide you through the mine, teach you how to pan for gold, and provide the tools you need to test your own luck at finding gold. If the weather is in our favor, you will practice your new skills in the river.

Inclusions: Picnic lunch will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions please let us know. If you have allergies we recommend you bring along your lunch. There is nowhere to purchase food at the glacier., Two bottles of water will be provided.

Exclusions: Tips are not included

5. Overnight Trip in Colorado: You Choose: We Tailor

Adventure Colorado Tours
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This tour is unique because we take guests on trails that only locals know about at all throughout Colorado. We will ascend through the stunning Colorado forest and end with a breathtaking panoramic view. This is one of the most accessible and fulfilling experiences in Colorado, as we depart from Denver, CO, and explore parts of Colorado that normal tourists don't get to experience. This experience includes it all!! (hiking, snowshoeing, camping, snowmobiling, hot springs, nature, sightseeing, mountain biking, and much more. We have insider access from start to finish during this experience. Your adventure awaits!! If you want to experience Colorado with little risk and a lot of rewards, this tour is for you! We plan your experience from start to finish! Please reach out via email or text for more details! Hope to see you soon!

Inclusions: If applicable: Air Mattress, Sleeping Bag, S'mores, Firewood, Crampons and/or Snowshoes, Private transportation, Fuel surcharge, Parking Fees, Photography with DSLR camera, Colorado Native Guide, Water, Dinner Reservations

Exclusions: Food Costs, Optional Hotel Accommodation

Reviewed By tylermo20

We were hesitant to book this tour initially, just because we’re so fickle. However, after reading all of the positive reviews we decided to just do it!!! It was amazing. We had Bree as our tour guide and she was so funny, so pleasant to be around and beyond knowledgeable about the area. You could tell she really enjoyed having us and showing us around! Could not have been happier with this experience and I look forward to coming back and booking more adventures with ACT in the future!!! So if you’re considering booking with them, don’t even think about it. JUST DO IT!!!

6. Listen to a Tour Guide While You Drive between Breckenridge and Denver

Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA Listen to a Tour Guide While You Drive between Breckenridge & Denver, CO
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Use your smartphone & vehicle's stereo to make your drive come alive! Using GPS, our fun game show host like tour guides will transform this beautiful drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure! Enhance your drive between destinations, or use as a one way stand alone tour. Hear about stop-worthy things to see & do, local animals, popular people, historical events & more. Over 45 points of interest will keep you entertained and take your road trip to the next level! Route. Interstate 70 between Breckenridge & Denver with extensions to Vail & Boulder. Travel in either direction. Freedom. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start/stop anywhere. Hands Free. Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Trivia Fun. Each point of interest has a fun trivia question included in the audio. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive. Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle.

Inclusions: Hands free (audio plays automatically), Lifetime Tour Access on Tripvia Tours app for Android & iOS, Download on WIFI before (no signal required or data used during tour)

Exclusions: Attraction tickets, Smartphone or tablet, Transportation (use your own vehicle)

7. Listen to a Tour Guide While you Drive between Boulder and Vail / Breckenridge

Boulder, CO, USA Listen to a Tour Guide as you Drive between Boulder & Vail / Breckenridge, CO
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Use your smartphone & vehicle's stereo to make your drive come alive! Using GPS, our fun game show host like tour guides will transform this beautiful drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure! Enhance your drive between destinations, or use as a one way stand alone tour. Hear about stop-worthy things to see & do, local animals, popular people, historical events & more. Over 55 points of interest will keep you entertained and take your road trip to the next level! Route. Interstate 70 between Boulder & Vail with extensions to Breckenridge & Golden. Travel in either direction. Freedom. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start/stop anywhere. Hands Free. Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Trivia Fun. Each point of interest has a fun trivia question included in the audio. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive. Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle.

Inclusions: Lifetime tour access on Tripvia Tours app for Android & iOS, Download on WIFI before (no signal required or data used during tour), Fun Trivia Challenge (optional), Hands free (audio plays automatically)

Exclusions: Smartphone or tablet, Transportation (use your own vehicle), Attraction tickets

Reviewed By 329sarahi

Checked this out on our way to the mountains. We enjoyed it overall, definitely a bit more life than your average tour. Not boring at all

8. Private customized tour of Denver, Red Rocks, Idaho Springs and mining towns.

Adventiure Scenic Tours of Colorado

I offer my tours in English, Spanish and French. This is a private tour cerified by the State of Colorado for private SUV tours. Let's explore Denver and the scenic beauty of the Red Rocks Park along with several mining towns. Imagine that Denver was once not long ago full of Cowboys and Indians who roamed the mud filled streets of Denver. Now market street and Larimer Square (the area where Denver was founded) is now several blocks of swanky restaurants and boutique stores. Leaving Denver we ascend to over 6400 feet when we visit the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. In the park there are miles of hiking trails that are intertwined with sandstone cliffs. Rolling Stones had previously ranked Red Rocks the best musical venue in the United States. Onward, we will go up through several beautiful canyons past Evergreen and then upto Idaho Springs. From Idaho Springs we ascend to the old mining towns of Central City which once claimed to have the richest square mile in the world. .

Inclusions: Private transportation

Exclusions: Lunch and or Dinner are excluded as are tickets to all museums.

Reviewed By cjma

Brad did a great job getting us to our destinations and had a lot of information along the way. There was a shield between the front and back seats for COVID safety. Would recommend Brad but would insist the vehicle be sanitized before the trip.

9. Private custom tour of the foothills of Denver, Dillon and Breckenridge.

LoDo, Denver, CO 80202, USA Adventiure Scenic Tours of Colorado

This is a private custom tour that the passengers can customize. I have my commercial insurance and I am certified as driver by the State of Colorado and thus legal to drive any paying customers. Spend an entire day in the mountains and enjoy a few easy hikes (if desired) with spectacular views of Lake Dillon. The historical mining town of Breckenridge offers great boutique shopping and a free Gondola ride to the Breckenridge Summer Fun Park where adults and kids can enjoy some of the interesting rides such as zip lines, the Gold Runner Coaster and much more. Discover the historic town of Frisco and the beautiful Dillon marina before going over Loveland Pass and seeing spectacular views of the mountain ranges and of the Continental Divide. Continue on to the old mining town of Idaho Springs, where we will stop for coffee, some mining history and entertaining cowboy stories. We will stroll through this charming town before heading back to Denver.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and any drinks are excluded., Any rides at the fun park., Airport pick up or hotels in that area require an extra charge of $50

Reviewed By cjma

Brad did a great job getting us to our destinations and had a lot of information along the way. There was a shield between the front and back seats for COVID safety. Would recommend Brad but would insist the vehicle be sanitized before the trip.

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