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Among the old mining trails stretching from Idaho Springs to Silver Plume, Bard Creek Road offers an enchanting journey through the region's history. As you traverse its bumpy climb, you'll uncover vestiges of Colorado's vibrant past, most notably, the Bard Creek Mine with its remarkably intact ore chute. The drive rewards you with remarkable scenery, from glimpses of the valley through the trees to the awe-inspiring vista at Empire Pass. Although less challenging than its neighboring trails, Bard Creek Road doesn't compromise on the visual treat, providing easy access to beautiful landscapes, and as autumn descends, the trail transforms into a vibrant display of fall colors. Bard Creek Road is off the beaten path, and this journey offers a refreshing blend of history, natural beauty, and adventure.
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