located west of Denver in the foothills
of the rocky mountains, Jefferson
County is the area’s second-largest
county. located partially within its
boundaries are the cities of golden,
lakewood, Wheat ridge, arvada and
Westminster. also in the county are
Pike, roosevelt and arapahoe national
forests, golden gate Canyon and a
section of Chatfield State Park, all of
which offer county residents abundant
In the western part of the county are
the mountain communities of Conifer,
evergreen and genesee. these towns
provide the perfect compromise for
residents wanting to live in the mountains and work in Denver or Boulder.
Jefferson County prizes its landscape:
of its 773 square miles, 557 are mountain
areas and 217 are plains areas. local
attractions include the molson Coors
Brewery, the Colorado School of mines,
Dinosaur ridge, red rocks amphitheater and many museums, including
Buffalo Bill’s grave and museum.
Jefferson County also has an extensive
parks and open space system that
allows for mountain biking, horseback
riding, climbing, hiking and fishing.
Note: Some cities are located in multiple counties. For
information on Littleton, see the Arapahoe County section.