There’s Gold (Hill) In Those Mountains!
Looking for a great adventure near Boulder that won’t have you driving all day to get there? Just 10 miles west via a windy dirt road lies the quaint town of Gold Hill. Never heard of it? Most haven’t!
That’s because this town has managed to stay small and avoid becoming just another tourist trap in the mountains. Instead, Gold Hill has kept the charm of the 1900’s gold rush alive with its log buildings and small population. It has not changed much since it was first established in 1859 by a group of prospectors who followed Gold Run creek and were rumored to have yielded $100,000 in gold in the first year of mining.
This town may be hidden off the beaten path, but it sure does have one very popular little restaurant! The historic Gold Hill Inn has racked up some amazing reviews on websites like Trip Advisor and Urban Spoon for its great home cooked food and warm, welcoming atmosphere. You could even catch a live music session if you show up at the right time, featuring music mostly of the jam-band category. Their line up is rather extensive and draws a decent crowd for such a small town! The Inn is open May through December.
Spring Hours: Wednesday – Monday 6:00-9:00pm Sunday 5:00-8:00pm Closed Tuesday Call 303-443-6461 for reservations and information
A great way to experience this town in to make it a pit stop on the way to one of the fantastic camping spots just to the west of town in the Roosevelt National Forest. If you just continue through town (which only takes about 2 minutes to drive though), and take Gold Hill Rd. straight in to more mountains, you’ll stumble upon a plethora of amazing spots with fantastic overlooks that allow you to see all the way to the city lights of Boulder at night. The camping spots are nicely spaced out, but be warned that this is a popular camp spot for locals so complete serenity may not always be accomplished. The roads in this area are also not well maintained, so expect a bumpy ride. But if you are willing to drive back country, this camping area will we worth your while!
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HERE is a link to a directions on how to get to Gold Hill from Boulder via the Sunshine Canyon route.