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Old 08-21-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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So my family is moving to Colorado in December and we are still trying to figure out where. Golden has been our location until I just came across Idaho Springs. Can anyone enlighten me on this town. We will be working in the Denver area, so is it commutable in the winter? How long is the commute? I've just noticed it's a small town with a bit cheaper rent for houses but really how is the town itself? nice? dumpy? Thanks for your help!!!!
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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I too have the exact same question. I hope people post soon!
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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It's been 35 years since I made the drive on I-70 between Denver and Idaho Springs. I hated that drive back then and I imagine I'd hate it much more today. All I can say is....rather you than me doing a commute like that.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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I would check the forum for other postings related to Idaho Springs as this has been discussed before.

It is a rough old mining town that had it's glory days over a 100 years ago. It sits in a narrow valley with I-70 running through it.

However it does have Beaujo's Pizza which I quite enjoy.

No I would not recommend commuting from there. You have to climb Floyd Hill not to mention coming back down after Genesee Park into Denver. I have plenty of nightmare driving stories from the Foothills.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Ok thanks for everyone's help, Definately will not be moving there!!
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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If I had to choose between Golden and Idaho Springs, it would be no contest. Golden by a mile.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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If I had to choose between Golden and Idaho Springs, it would be no contest. Golden by a mile.
Or rather many icy miles.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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I've spent a week in Idaho Springs every other summer for the past 6 years.
Idaho Springs is much smaller than Golden- they don't have that much in common. Idaho Springs has a higher percentage of tourists- people stopping through- a few nice restaurants - Pizza place that was good. There is a nice view from Wall st or any of those streets back of downtown. There is a big safeway with a large selection of groceries. Some old houses- more old than new ones. The mine tour is nice- motels are cheap.

I find it pleasant.
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I was in Idaho Springs today... it's lovely, but if you're commuting to Denver, live in Golden. It's closer to everything but skiing, and you'll have a lot more options there.
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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If you live in the foothills of Golden, you'll still have the mountain "atmosphere" without the crazy commute. Check out Genesee (I think that's how you spell it) or Morrison.
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