Located only 12 miles from downtown
Denver, Golden is where the plains meet
the mountains. Sitting in spectacular Clear
Creek valley, Golden is surrounded by
natural beauty. To the east, two volcanic
buttes rise up dramatically, both of them
ringed with hiking and mountain biking
trails. To the west, just on the edge of
town, the Foothills start and shoot up to
7,000 feet in elevation. Lookout Mountain
(where Buffalo Bill Cody is buried) and
Mount Zion (which has a giant white “M”
on it honoring the Colorado School of
Mines), loom above Golden and are linked
to town by the Lariat Loop Trail, one of the
most scenic drives on the Front Range.
With all this scenery, Golden is at heart
a mountain town. More than 30 miles
of paved off-road bike trails follow
Clear Creek right through the center of
downtown heading up into the mountains.
Golden is filled with outdoor adventures.
There are stores specializing in fly fishing,
river rafting, kayaking, rock climbing,
biking, cross country skiing, tubing and
every other possible sport, all of which
you can enjoy right in Golden. The town
also features the state’s largest and most
acclaimed indoor climbing facility – Earth
Treks – which offers more than 300
technical routes. The Golden Bike Library
provides free bike rentals, making it
possible to pedal around town, or even try
your hand at the most iconic bike climb in
the state – the looping four mile ascent up
But Golden is also a college town. The
pretty campus of the Colorado School
of Mines is located downtown, giving
Golden a true college town atmosphere.
The main street is lined with coffee shops,
restaurants, breweries, art galleries, one-of-
a-kind clothing shops, and outdoor cafes.
There is a college town sophistication
to Golden, evident in its museums and
fine dining. The Foothills Arts Center has
changing exhibits by top name artists
ranging from Ansel Adams to Toulouse
Lautrec, as well as showcasing the many
talented artists who call Colorado home.
The Geology Museum at the School of
Mines is considered one of the finest of
its kind in the world, while Golden is also
home to the American Mountaineering
Museum, the only museum in the United
States dedicated to the heroism, tech-
nology and spirt of mountaineering.
In recent years, Golden has become
a dining destination with the critically
acclaimed Abejas, the traditional Briarwood Inn, and the one-of-a-kind Sherpa
House, which recreates an authentic
farmhouse from Nepal. From the pretty
riverside Bridgewater Grill to the Southwest
fare of the Table Mountain Inn’s Cantina,
to the gumbo and jambalaya of the
Trailhead Taphouse & Kitchen, downtown
Golden offers a wide variety of cuisines in
beautiful settings. Plenty of delicious and
affordable eats for the family too, such as
Woody’s Pizza or D’Deli.
And Golden is the biggest little beer town
in the world. Coors Brewery was started
here in 1873 when German brewer Adolph
Coors found some natural springs. Today,
Coors is the largest single brewing site in
the world, attracting hundreds of thou-
sands of visitors a year for free tours and
samples. But Golden has six other small
craft breweries, three of them downtown
within easy walking distance, as well as
two distilleries. Golden’s craft breweries
all offer outdoor beer gardens and food
trucks in a relaxed atmosphere, where
neighbors and dogs are welcome.
Finally, Golden is one of Colorado’s most
historic towns. The original state capital was
here (the building is now the Old Capitol
Grill and Smokehouse) and Golden is filled
with quiet tree-lined streets of gorgeous
Victorian homes. The Old West comes to
life at Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum, which
tells the story of the West’s most famous
scout and showman, as well as offering
the best view of Golden from 2,000 feet
above. The Colorado Railroad Museum
has the state’s largest collection of narrow
gauge trains and runs steam locomotives
throughout the year, including the popular
Polar Express during the holiday season.
Right in town, a historic homestead sits
along Clear Creek, letting young people
feed chickens and experience what
Colorado was like in the 1880s.
With its valley and mountain location,
Golden is a small town filled with big views.
From almost any vantage point you can
see the high volcanic butte of South
Table Mountain. It was here that the first
fossilized bones of a T-Rex dinosaur were
discovered. The geological marvel that
is Red Rocks Amphitheatre is just a few
minutes’ drive away.
Perhaps the best way to experience the
small town vibe of Golden is to come
during the holiday season, when the town
stages weekly holiday parades, free horse
drawn carriage rides, a holiday market,
the Polar Express, and the famed candlelight walk, where thousands of Golden
residents meet on the Main Street and
walk together holding flickering candles
and singing carols.
No matter when you visit, Golden is
known for its friendly hospitality that is
proudly declared across the Welcome
Arch spanning downtown’s main street,
Washington Avenue: “Howdy Folks!
Welcome to Golden!”
Colorado’s Closest Mountain Town
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