Bob the tour guide for Phoenix Mines was great fun and super kid-friendly. Some interesting old mining shacks along the river side near Idaho Springs. Town itself is small.
The Phoenix mine tour was a lot of fun. We decided on it after asking the woman at the visitor center and it was an excellent decision. The chipmunks at the mine are great! They’ll come and eat right from your hands. The museums were just ok. We didn’t spend too much time in them.
Idaho Springs, Colorado
Distance from Aurora, Colorado: 61 miles
Time from Aurora, Colorado: 1 hour, 6 minutes
Idaho Springs is a quaint little mining town that happens to be the home of some of the most successful gold mines in history. It makes for a good easy day trip from Denver.
- Take a tour of a real gold mine! There are two choices in town – Argo (in town, $16 for adults) and Phoenix (about 2 miles away, $10 for adults). We did the Phoenix tour. The guide was enthusiastic and wonderful with the children on the tour, and we had a chance to meet the mine’s owner. For $5 extra, visitors have a chance to pan for gold.
- Stroll through the historic downtown and pop into the three free museums. The visitor center doubles as a historical museum, the Underhill Museum is a historic home and business, and the Central Hose House has a small exhibit on firefighting.