Winter day at Echo Lake

Strap on the snowshoes and experience the sounds of silence outside of Denver

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  • For dessert head to Miner Decadence where you’ll have a tough time choosing between freshly made chocolates peanut brittle and caramel-dipped apples.

    Miner Decadence

    Tom Bol

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Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub. Big, brassy brewpub pours award-winning ales and cooks up hearty burgers and garlic fries. Info: $; 1401 Miner St., Idaho Springs; 303/567-2688.

Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza. The go-to stop for refueling. Thick- or thin-crust pizzas come with lots of toppings; frothy root beer arrives in mason jars; and the salad bar perches on an old claw-foot tub. Info: $; 1517 Miner St.; 303/567-4376.

Miner Decadence. Connie Planck's handmade chocolates ― and her mom's peanut brittle ― are well-deserved sweet treats for the drive home. Info: 1536 Miner St.; 303/567-1704.


No excuses not to give it a go on Winter Trails Day, when snowshoe manufacturers cart vanloads of equipment to the frozen shores of Echo Lake and lend it out for free. Strike out on your own, or join small groups led by volunteer guides (10-3 Jan 6; 303/756-3100).



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