I-70 around Idaho Springs, Colorado

I-70 around Idaho Springs, Colorado

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I-70 around Idaho Springs, Colorado

June 20: Golden, Colorado (just west of Denver).

We are in Clear Creek City Park N39° 45.197' W105° 13.193' Golden, Colorado. The campground is located on the south side of 10th street at the end of the road. Clear Creek City Campground is one of the nicest (location wise) campgrounds you can stay in (our opinion). located on Clear Creek 3-blocks from downtown Golden. They have paved interior roads with small backin sites (mature trees are so wonderful); 50-amps, water and sewer, $28.91 per-night 303-278-1437. There is a 2-week max stay before you have to leave the park and they do not take reservations.

Today is going to be an exciting day. We are going to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. However, we are going to enter Rocky Mountain National Park from the back side or the western side instead of going through Estes Park, the eastern entrance.

We are going to head west on I-70 through Idaho Springs to mile marker 232 and exit on US-40 which will take us up and over Berthoud Pass.

From Berthoud Pass we will fall down to Grand Lake, Colorado which is a beautiful little community high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

From Grand Lake we will continue on the the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park then up and over Milner Pass which will make the second time we have crossed over the Continental Divide today. The first time was at Berthoud Pass a short time ago.

From Milner Pass we continue on to the Alpine Visitors Center then follow Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park to Estes Park. From Estes Park back to Golden would be an exciting ride if we had not just been over the Continental Divide twice then driven down Trail Ridge Road.

Oh my! What a day. Now join us as we a small section of our exciting day.

The is the very beginning of todays adventure. We left Golden, Colorado on I-70 heading west.

Near Idaho Springs on I-70 west of Denver



As we near Idaho Springs on I-70 the mine tailings on the south side of the road point to an active mine.

Would you look at the canyon that I-70 is squeezing through in this picture.



Road cut on I-70 west of Denver




This is a tremendous road cut on I-70 west of Denver.





Another awesome roadcut on I-70 west of Denver

In order to fit 4-lanes of traffic through this canyon a major road cut had to be dynamited. Can you believe the size of this roadcut? Most of I-70 east of the Eisenhower Tunnel is relentlessly climbing. Here is a short stretch that is dropping. I know the truckers hate to see this knowing they are going to have to give up hard earned elevation.

I-70 in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver


I-70 west of Denver is almost always a grueling uphill grade. Almost always but in this picture you can see a short area where the grade is going down. Denver is known as the mile high city at 5,280 feet while Eisenhower Tunnel on the Continental Divide is at 11,158 feet you can see that vehicles on I-70 have a lot of work to do. They have to climb over a mile between Denver and the Continental Divide.



Exit 232 on I-70 west of Denver will take us to Berthoud Pass and Grand Lake





This sign on I-70 was what we were looking for. We were getting off on US-40 and heading to Rocky Mountain National Park via Berthoud Pass and Grand Lake, Colorado.


Click here for the next leg of todays adventure that takes us over Berthoud Pass and the Continental Divide.

Here are some other Travel Adventures in this area that may interest you:

Golden, Colorado -- Kayaking Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado -- Golden Farmer's Market --

Hang Gliding on Lookout Mountain -- Buffalo Bill's Grave on Lookout Mountain -- Nature Center on Lookout Mountain

Evergreen, Colorado and Bear Creek scenic drive -- Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison, Colorado

Central City & Black Hawk, Colorado -- Mountain Goats of Mount Evans -- Clear Creek Canyon Scenic Drive

The Oh-My-God Road from Central City to Idaho Springs -- Boulder Canyon Scenic Drive -- Golden, Colorado

Evergreen, Colorado -- Kayaking fun in Clear Creek Golden, Colorado -- Mount Evans Scenic Drive -- Lookout Mountain

Summit Lake on Mount Evans ** Loveland Pass on I-70 ** Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 ** Colorado Ski Areas

Oversize Loads on US-6 ** I-70 West of Denver ** Clear Creek Water Sports Golden, Colorado

Colorado Nature ** I-70 around Idaho Springs ** Berthoud Pass ** Grand Lake, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Wildlife ** Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park ** Rocky Mountain National Park

Alpine Visitors Center Rocky Mountain National Park ** Milner Pass Rocky Mountain National Park


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Until next time remember how good life is.

Mike & Joyce Hendrix

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