Golden Official Visitors Guide 2024

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DINE • SHOP • PLAY • STAY Maps | Outdoor Guides | Family Fun | Things to Do GOLDEN OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE 2024
Where even locals make tracks STAY HERE, PLAY HERE. Celebrate your Golden adventure around outdoor firepits, Taproom lawn and Truck Eddy BBQ & Shakes. Grab a pint or craft cocktail, hang out, and pitch a game of cornhole or two. Located just off the Clear Creek trail offering roundtrip transport to Red Rocks. Pull up a bike or book your next stay. 1640 8th St, Golden • 720-442-8150

Welcome to Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado – where creativity flourishes and community bonds are formed through art. Discover the historic Astor House, transformed into a dynamic exhibition space featuring local, regional, and national artists. Join us for diverse art classes and workshops at our Creative Campus

Check out our website, for more information and to stay up to date.



Scan this QR code to visit our website and see what classes and events we’ve got going on!

Scan the QR code for the most up to date information on the opening of Astor House!

Golden Moments: A Photogenic Guide 8 EXPLORE Welcome 10 Golden All Year Long 11 Free and Low-Cost Family Fun 12 Golden is Golden 14 DINE 16 INSPIRED Golden is the Sports Capital of the Front Range 20 The World’s Biggest Little Beer Town 22 Golden Walking Tour Includes map 24 Golden the Art Hub 26 A Guide to Seasonal Events 28 Clear Creek Safety 33 STROLL & SHOP 34 Published by EasyChair Media, 800 3rd St., Windsor, CO 80550, 970-686-5805, fax 970-686-7335, The Golden Official Visitors Guide 2024 is published by Smart Marketing, LLC, for the Golden Welcome Center and Visit Golden, 1010 Washington Ave., Golden, Colorado 80401. © 2024. Reproduction of any portion of this publication, including publisher-produced advertising and artwork, is strictly prohibited without the express consent of Smart Marketing, LLC. GOLDEN OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE 2024 4FDStudio Golden Welcome Center 1010 Washington Ave. Golden, CO 80401 303-279-2282 Kristie Melendez, Publisher Dawn Wiggett, Ad Sales Diane Hokans, Art Director Nia Hill, Ad Coordinator Kailee Melendez, Administrative Assistant On the Cover: Autumn on Clear Creek. Photo by Samantha Hille. Parking is always free for the first two hours in City of Golden parking lots and garages. Parking Tip PLAY Get Your Western On 40 Gateway Village Business District 44 Hiking Trails: Toast of the Town Includes map 46 The Lariat Loop® Scenic Byway Includes map 48 STAY & VISIT 50 Golden is Your Live Entertainment Headquarters 52 Parking in Golden 53 The Perfect Place for Small Group Meetings 54 It’s a Date! 55 6 VISITGOLDEN.COM

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Discover the charm of Golden through its most photogenic spots. These locations show off the beauty of Golden in every season and were taken by both locals and visitors. Come capture your own hero image!

Clockwise from top left: Greetings from Golden mural (@colo.rado.momlife); Clear Creek Trail (@denvershewrote); Downtown Golden under the Welcome to Golden arch (@heyitsiyanaaa); Clear Creek Canyon (@littleradadventure); North Table Mountain Sunrise, Golden resident Jennifer Rutter (@jen_in_colorado); Lookout Mountain, local photographer Inna Sherman.

The Golden Welcome Center

A HUB FOR the Golden community, the center provides information, services, programs and activities that benefit the community, its residents, visitors, businesses and organizations.

Our wonderful volunteers give their time weekly to be sure the center offers a safe and comfortable, centrally located place to gather and to learn about all that Golden has to offer. We serve as the information resource on all things Golden for visitors, residents and businesses and provide select services, programs and retail offerings to Golden residents. It is our honor to serve as a desired location for nonprofits to meet and collaborate and we offer spaces for meetings, events and celebrations.

Stop in today!

1010 Washington Ave. in the heart of Golden.

Winter Hours: Monday–Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Closed Sundays

Summer Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm (303) 279-2282

Welcome to Golden!

IT’S NO WONDER Golden has a reputation as one of the West’s friendliest cities. Visit our historic downtown and you will be enthusiastically greeted by a welcome arch that reads, “Howdy, Folks! Welcome to Golden! Where the West Lives.” This perfectly captures the spirit of Golden, a friendly and forward-thinking city proud of its Western heritage.

We invite you to experience all Golden has to offer! First, stop and take a look around and marvel at the natural landscape. Golden is nestled between two volcanic mesas and against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—at its center lies Clear Creek, with gorgeous walking paths. Golden has views in every direction, so be sure to relax and take in the sights.

The city is also home to the world’s largest single-site brewery, the Coors Brewery; the gravesite of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody; the esteemed Colorado School of Mines, a renowned university committed to teaching and research related to engineering and applied science; and attractions, such as the Colorado Railroad Museum and Dinosaur Ridge.

With coffee houses and brewpubs that invite you to linger, locally owned dining spots offering every type of fare and plenty of patios where you can enjoy the views with your meal, Golden is indeed a tasteful place to visit. Your only issue may be deciding just where to dine.

You’ll also have an abundance of culture to enjoy, with itty-bitty art scattered throughout town, colorful murals, a thriving visual arts center, newly expanded performing arts center and, of course, history at every turn.

And let’s not forget Golden’s worldclass recreation, with its craggy rock walls to climb, miles of bike trails, fly fishing, hiking trails and more. The town is also home to some of the top brands for outdoor gear, as well as art galleries, clothing stores and more.

Please enjoy all that Golden has to offer. While we’re only 20 minutes from downtown Denver, Golden can feel like a world away and is the closest option to experience the best of Colorado mountain culture.

Thank you for visiting Golden!

F4DStudio Richard Luckin
The Golden Welcome Center’s Volunteers

No matter the season, Golden is simply gorgeous!


free & low‑cost family fun

Steam trains, dinosaurs, candy shops and cowboys, Golden serves as a haven for families seeking delightful and low‑cost adventures.

From scenic parks to historic landmarks, Golden has something for everyone. Kids can walk along Clear Creek or stop by the Golden History Park to feed the chickens. Thomas the Tank Engine and the Polar Express are regular visitors to the Colorado Railroad Museum, or visit at other times for a ride on the “Galloping Goose.”

Golden’s historic downtown is filled with shops serving ice cream, cupcakes and candy, or count the curves (Hint: there are 56) as you drive up the exciting Lariat Loop Trail to the very top of Lookout Mountain.

Throughout the year, Golden has family-friendly parades, festivals, family movie nights and art shows. Golden is the type of town where parents and grandparents don’t just sit on a bench and watch their kids play. It’s filled with immersive activities the entire family can enjoy together. Here are some ideas:

Take a Hike or Ride a Bike

The Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center has interactive exhibits about the deer, elk, racoons and even mountain lions and bears that live in Golden, as well as scenic nature trails. There are hiking trails up all five mountains that circle around Golden, or hike or bike for miles up into beautiful Clear Creek Canyon, crossing back and forth over the pretty creek on bridges, including a fun suspension bridge.

Hang Out With Buffalo Bill

The famous scout and showman is buried on top of Lookout Mountain with panoramic views of Denver and snow-capped peaks. At The Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, kids can dress up like cowboys and cowgirls and learn about the Old West. Don’t forget to stop in the massive gift shop.

Search For Dinosaur Bones

The first dinosaur bones were discovered near Golden at Dinosaur Ridge. Today, you can hike or take a bus tour looking for hundreds of real dinosaur tracks along the way. The Triceratops Trail shows you where the first T-Rex bones were found, or visit the free Mines Museum of Earth Science, where you can learn about the geology that makes Golden special, enter a uranium mine and even see pieces of rock from the moon!

Play With Trains

The Colorado Railroad Museum has huge indoor and outdoor model railroads where the realistic toy engines sound just like the real thing. There are dozens of genuine cars, locomotives and cabooses on 15 acres ready to be explored. Climb into the cab of a steam locomotive and ring the bell! There are steam-ups, special events and train rides on a “Galloping Goose.”

Visit A Farm

The Golden History Park has a full historic creekside farm with a working blacksmith shop, barn, farmhouse and schoolhouse. Bring some quarters to feed the chickens! Or stop by the Golden History Museum where kids can enjoy a hands-on gallery. Admission is free.

Have A Snack Or Lunch On An Outdoor Patio With 300 sunny days a year, people in Golden live outdoors and there are more than two dozen restaurants with outdoor seating, many with mountain and creekside views. Or pick up a meal to go and have a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables along Clear Creek. Leave room because downtown Golden has specialty shops selling ice cream, yogurt, cookies, cupcakes, candy and pastries!


GOLDEN is Golden

There’s just something about Golden that will make you smile. Maybe it’s the mountain air or perhaps the friendly locals. You’ll find yourself grinning at the hometown parades, the holiday celebrations and certainly at the world’s largest gathering of Golden Retrievers. No matter when you visit, we think you’ll smile as you discover that yes, indeed, love is all around in Golden!



WITH DOZENS OF restaurants, dining out in historic Golden can be fun as well as delicious. There are creek-side cafés, rooftop patios, Old West saloons, and international bistros that simulate the atmosphere and cuisine of Nepal, Thailand, Mexico, the Middle East, China, Italy, India and the Southwest. Start your day with freshly-baked pastries at a number of cafés, then work up an appetite strolling along Clear Creek. For lunch, dine al fresco at numerous outdoor cafés… at a beer garden food truck… or grab a lunch to-go for a picnic in the nearby mountains. Dinner in Golden can be fine dining or quick, tasty pizza and BBQ before a show at Red Rocks. Whatever you feel like eating, you can find it in Golden.

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Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Bella Colibri


The menu features fresh interpretations of Southern Italian dishes, including seafood, homemade pastas, Colorado lamb, steaks and more. Interact with the chefs as they practice their craft and prepare specialties.

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Babe’s Tea Room


New and fun addition to Golden! Featuring afternoon tea, bubbly brunches, café, events and more. Dine-in or patio seating under (really cute) umbrellas. A great place for your next special occasion.

1027 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 455-4832 • Page 33  BabesTeaRoom

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Bridgewater Grill


The executive chef focuses on Colorado

Proud ingredients to ensure your cuisine is delicious—from gourmet salads and craft burgers to house-made hummus and award-winning pork green chili.

800 11th St., Golden (303) 279-2010 • Back Cover  TheGoldenHotel

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Café 13


A popular and busy fast-casual concept that is well known for brunch, breakfast, old fashioneds and comfortable patio dining. A scratch kitchen, lines and wait time can get long, but rest assured it is worth the wait. 1301 Arapahoe St., Golden (303) 278-2225 • Page 17 Cafe13Golden

Cheese Ranch


Specializing in American artisan cheese, this deli offers a variety of gourmet foods, including a selection of fine cheeses from all over the world, deli meats and delicious sandwiches.

601 16th St., Golden (303) 278-1293 • Page 33  CheeseRanch

Coriander Flavors of India


Voted Best Indian Restaurant 2023 (Best of Mile High). Aiming to make simplified yet elevated Indian food. The spices, the aromas, the clay oven preparation all weaving together a celebration of senses. Open 7 days a week.

14799 W. 6th Ave., Unit B6, Golden (720) 287-0095 • Page 4

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service breakfast and lunch cafe, with Hearth pastries and bread, craft espresso drinks and cocktail bar. Serving breakfast all day, with lunch starting at 11am. Located in the old Armory building right off of Washington. CAFE13GOLDEN.COM 1301 Arapahoe St. Golden 80401 303-278-2225 DINE 17 VISITGOLDEN.COM

El Dorado Mexican Restaurant


This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving authentic Mexican food in the Golden community for over 15 years. Enjoy mountain views from the patio.

Winner of “Best of the Best” in Golden nine years straight.

720 Arapahoe St., Golden (303) 278-4644 • Page 17


El Tequileño


Dine in a festive and relaxed atmosphere where dishes are created from the freshest ingredients and traditional Mexican food recipes. This award-winning restaurant offers a large selection of tequilas and delicious margaritas.

15900 W. Colfax Ave., Golden (303) 384-3578 • Page 19 100044144541297

(The) Golden Mill RESTAURANT/BAR

A community gathering place since 1864, the reimaged space offers five local food concepts, a self-pour tap wall with over 50 local Colorado craft beers, wines, cocktails, live music, events and pop-up markets.

1012 Ford St., Golden (720) 405-6455 • Page 51


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Goozell Yogurt & Coffee


This family-owned and operated business is located in the heart of historic downtown Golden. The store offers gourmet self-serve yogurt and its own custom blend of premium brewed Turkish coffee.

1200 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 279-2000

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Miners Saloon AMERICAN

This modern-day saloon is reminiscent of Golden’s mining days in the late 1880s. Offering 24 taps, wine, craft cocktails, great food, patio dining and fireplaces.

1109 Miner Alley, Golden (303) 993-3850 • Center Gatefold


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Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse


This locally-owned establishment offers a full menu of smoked meats, American fare and an array of craft cocktails, wine and beer. Located in one of Colorado most historic buildings built in 1863.

1122 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 279-6390 • Center Gatefold


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Mountain Grill & Cantina


Located in historic Golden, the restaurant features vibrant Santa Fe décor and fresh Southwestern cuisine. Menu items range from TMI burgers and Rocky Mountain trout to fire-roasted chile rellenos and Mesa Bloody Marys.

1310 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 216-8040 • Page 19


Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza


This all-you-can-eat pizza, soup and salad buffet features 15 HDTVs, weekday Happy Hour and 14 local beers on tap. Burgers, wings and sandwiches are also available.

1305 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 277-0443

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El Tequileño Family Mexican Restaurant transports you to Mexico with the exotic, robust flavors of authentic Mexican food

•Open 7 days a week

ARVADA (64th & Ward)

12391 W. 64th Ave. (303) 423-1307


Over 200 different kinds of tequila • Best Margaritas in Colorado

GOLDEN (Colfax & I-70)

15900 W. Colfax Ave. (303) 384-3578

LAKEWOOD (Kipling & Florida)

1535 S. Kipling Pkwy. (303) 988-2580


LAKEWOOD SP ORTS BAR (Kipling & Florida)

1535 S. Kipling Pkwy , Ste M (303) 278-0363

El Tequileño Sports Bar

Restaurant New Location!

AURORA (Havana & Yale)

2790 S. Havana St. (720) 748-1260


AURORA SP ORTS BAR (Havana & Yale)

2790 S. Havana St., Ste M (720) 748-1260

El Tequileño Sports Bar

Luncheon Specials $6.99 Happy Hour M-Fri. 2- 5 House Margaritas 2 for 1 • All beers 2 for 1 303-216-8040 | 1310 WASHINGTON AVE GOLDEN, CO 80401 | LOCATED INSIDE TABLE MOUNTAIN INN Renowned Southwestern Cuisine Brunch | Lunch | Dinner happy hour & Late-Night Happy Hour Private Dining DINE 19 VISITGOLDEN.COM

Golden is the Sports Capital of Colorado’s Front Range

It’s not unusual in Golden to see bikers pedaling up a mountain, while hang gliders are floating down. Golden is the closest mountain town to Denver, just 12 miles from the State Capitol, and the historic town is surrounded by every type of outdoor recreation activity. Take your pick!

Hiking: The five mountains surrounding Golden all have trails to their summits, offering fantastic views. The famous “Peaks to Plains Trail” runs through the center of Golden, following beautiful Clear Creek from high up in the canyon all the way east to downtown Denver. Just a short drive away, you can hike through towering red sandstone monoliths at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, or enjoy the serene mountain beauty of Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Biking: Golden is home to one of Colorado’s most iconic cycling routes: Lookout Mountain. In just 4.3 miles, the paved road climbs 1,300 feet, making 56 curves as it climbs to the 7,379-foot summit. Or try the exciting five-mile mountain biking loop around North Table Mountain. E-bike and bike rentals can be found along Clear Creek, where bike trails stretch up into the foothills or east to downtown Denver.

Rock Climbing: Right from downtown, you can walk to the Canal Zone in Clear Creek Canyon, while further up the canyon are Primo and Anarchy and other famous routes. Nearby Eldorado Canyon is known around the world for its sheer 600-foot-high rock walls. Never tried rock climbing? No worries! Golden has several indoor rock climbing and bouldering gyms that will help you get started.

Mountaineering: The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in downtown Golden is the first and only museum in the nation dedicated to the heroism, culture and spirit of mountaineering. See the clothes worn by the first Americans to summit Mount Everest, learn about Colorado’s 14ers, and experience the thrill of climbing the world’s highest peaks.

Hang Gliding: Golden is Colorado’s capital for recreational footlaunch hang gliding off 6,800-foot-high Mount Zion, letting you curl high above the town before gently landing by the Colorado School of Mines.

Fly Fishing: Clear Creek in Golden is one of the best fly-fishing spots on the Front Range. Right from downtown, you can walk to dozens of access points, while local fly-fishing shops have all the equipment you need, and can also provide guides to other nearby fly-fishing areas.

Snow Sports: In winter, Golden boasts excellent snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. At Golden Gate Canyon State Park, there are miles of trails through evergreen forests and aspen groves with beautiful views of snow-capped peaks in the distance. White Ranch has 20 miles of snow-covered winter trails.

Water Sports: Clear Creek flowing through Golden is one of the most popular rafting and kayaking centers in Colorado. Commercial rafts put in at nearby Idaho Springs. The lower portion of Clear Creek closer to Golden is a kayaking center with a dozen man-made chutes added for extra thrills.

Outfitting Shops: Golden started in 1858 as a supply town for people venturing into the mountains to search for gold, and today it serves the same purpose for people going to the hills for recreation. In Golden you will find stores specializing in every type of recreation from biking, hiking and fishing to rock climbing and kayaking. Experts in the recreation store of your choice will help you outfit and find nearby places to enjoy.

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The World’s Biggest Little Beer Town

OLDEN IS THE world’s biggest little beer town, brewing more beer than any other city on the planet. True to its Wild West roots, Golden is home to saloons, taverns, breweries, distilleries and wine bars, and visiting the establishments is as much about the experience as the imbibements. Take a historical tour of the iconic Coors Brewery, which is the world’s largest single‑site brewery, producing up to 20 million barrels a year.

Golden has award winning distilleries, offering unique atmospheres, speciality drinks, personal tours and special tastes for thirsty visitors. There are speakeasies and taverns, featuring local favorites and specialty cocktails sure to delight.

With a number of top craft breweries, no trip to Golden would be complete without a stop at a local brewery. After all, the town’s craft breweries have made a name for themselves as pioneers in brewing with local ingredients, experimental techniques and unique flavors. Many have popular outdoor beer gardens where you can gather year round (fire pit anyone?) to visit with friends and taste award‑winning brews.

Brick Room Sports Lounge


Downtown Golden’s first sports bar. Watch your favorite sports here!

1112 Washington Ave., Golden • Center Gatefold


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Golden City Brewery


Known as the second-largest brewery in Golden, GCB has been making hand-crafted ales since 1993. There’s a tasting room, a beer garden and, in addition to ales, there is wine, hard cider and a regular lineup of food trucks. 920 12th St., Golden (303) 279-8092 • Page 22


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Golden Moon Distillery


This small artisan distillery makes high-end distilled liquors and liqueurs using traditional artisanal methods of production. They work with Colorado vineyards, wineries, orchards and cideries to develop seasonal products.

412 Violet St., Golden (303) 993-7174

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Golden Moon Speakeasy


Located in the heart of downtown Golden, this tasting room and cocktail lounge offers an extensive list of classic and modern cocktails made with spirits produced by Golden Moon Distillery.

Goosetown Station


Located in a renovated 1867 building, this tavern features indoor and outdoor bars with seating, firepits and live music. The menu includes curated cocktails and a variety of beers from local breweries and select wineries.

514 9th St., Golden (303) 278-2729 • Page 23  GoosetownGolden

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State 38 Distilling DISTILLERY

This award-winning boutique distillery makes agave spirits, vodka, bourbon, gin and absinthe and distills its whiskeys on the grain for more flavor. The establishment takes pride in giving one of the industry’s longest and most detailed tours. 400 Corporate Cir., Golden (720) 242-7210 • Page 23  State38Distilling


The Taproom offers classic “mountain cuisine” boasting a hearty menu focused on seasonality and the use of Rocky Mountain ingredients. The comforting menu is paired with local craft brews on tap and innovative cocktails.

1111 Miners Alley, Golden (720) 638-1155

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1640 8th St., Golden (720) 442-8150 • Page 3  TheEddyGolden

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in an 1867 Historic property, enjoy live outdoor music, specialty cocktails and intimate gathering spaces at Goosetown Station. We have plenty of fire pits and always welcome kids and pets. Come experience Goosetown today!
9th St. Golden, CO 80401 F4DStudio Add a little whiskey to your Golden adventure! Present this card at the tasting room for one free tasting! State 38 Whiskey | Hacedor Agave Spirits | Damn Smooth Spirits 400 Corporate Circle, Suite B Golden, CO 80401 720-242-7219 | www state38 com
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Golden Walking Tour A Ace Liquors 16265 South Golden Rd. B Babe’s Tea Room 1027 Washington Ave. C Bella Colibri 812 12th St. D Brick Room Sports Lounge 1112 Washington Ave. E Coriander Flavors of India 14799 W. 6th Ave., Unit B6 F Earth Sweet Botanicals 1224 Arapahoe St. G Foothills Art Center Annex 809 15th St. H Golden City Brewery 920 12th St. I Golden Moon Distillery 412 Violet St. J Golden Moon Speakeasy 1111 Miners Alley K Goosetown Station 514 9th St. L Goozell Yogurt & Coffee 1200 Washington Ave. M Miners Saloon 1109 Miners Alley N Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse 1122 Washington Ave. O The Eddy Taproom and Hotel 1640 8th St. P The Golden Hotel & Bridgewater Grill 800 11th St. Q The Golden Mill 1012 Ford St. R Truly BoHotique 801 14th St. S Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza 1305 Washington Ave. T Yo Colorado 805 12th St. 1 American Mountaineering Museum 710 10th St. 2 Golden History Park 1020 11th St. 3 Clear Creek Whitewater Park 10th St. & Maple St. 4 Mines Museum of Earth Science 1310 Maple St. 5 Coors Brewery Tour 13th St. & Ford St. 6 Foothills Art Center/Astor House 822 12th St. 7 Golden Game Guild 1209 Washington Ave. 8 Golden Community Center 1470 10th St. 9 Golden History Museum 923 10th St. 10 Golden Public Library 1019 10th St. 11 Miners Alley Performing Arts Center 1100 Miner’s Alley 12 CSM Starzer Welcome Center 1812 Illinois St. 13 Triceratops Trail 19th St. / 6th Ave. 14 Golden River Sports 806 Washington Ave. 15 Adventure West River Tube & Ebike Rental 423 10th St., Rear 16 Clear Creek Public Parking 304 10th St. Golden Attraction Gas Station Public Restrooms RV Park Bus Stop Post O ce Golden Welcome Center Public Parking Public Paved Trail Highway MAP KEY Historic District / Building 1
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Golden is booming as a center for the visual and performing arts.

SOME OF THE biggest changes in Golden’s history are underway with the grand opening of two new, amazing downtown arts centers. The Miners Alley Performing Arts Center opened in late 2023, providing a much larger space for Golden’s critically acclaimed professional acting company. Located in a spacious former downtown hardware store, the new theater can easily seat 160 with plans to expand to 300. The large backstage area has state-of-the-art production capabilities for shows in 2024 that will include a wide variety of productions.

Directly across from Miners Alley Performing Arts Center, the historic Astor House Hotel, built in 1867, is being restored and doubled in size with a beautiful new architectural addition to become the exhibit space for Foothills Arts Center. Established in 1968, Foothills Arts Center is known for special exhibits throughout the year featuring everything from local Colorado artists to internationally famous works by people like Ansel Adams and Toulouse-Lautrec. The new center opens in spring 2024.

Even before these additions, historic Golden has always been known as a center for the arts with a half dozen museums and more than 40 public art works, including colorful

Western murals and statues. Golden also has a thriving gallery scene with an array of Western and First American artwork, and a reputation for live music offered in a variety of bars, beer gardens and at the legendary live music stage in the Buffalo Rose. And of course, Golden has the closest hotel base for the nearby world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

A great introduction to Golden’s art scene would begin with a stop at the Golden Welcome Center to pick up a free Public Art Walking Tour brochure. The guide will take you to murals of aspens, wild horses and Buffalo Bill and to statues of cowboys, miners, bison and even the town’s most famous resident, Adolph Coors. Families can pick up a brochure of “ittybitty art” works — small, kid-sized art treasures hidden all over town.

For a more spiritual experience, on a mountaintop above Golden is the Mother Cabrini Shrine, a 22-foot-high statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a beautiful setting with views of mountains and plains. And of course, Golden’s natural location is a “work of art” as well, so be sure to look around you to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and mesas surrounding Golden and offering gorgeous views at every turn!

the art hub GOLDEN

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Mother Cabrini Shrine



Take a spring break staycation. Many Golden hotels offer great deals and you will feel a world away from the big city. Brunch on a patio and enjoy Golden’s incredible springtime flowers.

Rent an e-bike or take a walking tour. Grab a beer in a sunny beer garden or rooftop patio.


Attend one of Golden’s signature summer events.

Summer sunsets in Golden are spectacular! Catch one from your favorite Golden trail.

Beat the heat and visit one of Golden’s many cultural attractions and museums. Work out at Red Rocks Amphitheatre or attend Yoga on the Rocks.


Picnic in a park or along Clear Creek under the golden hues of the giant cottonwood trees.


Take a romantic creekside walk. Most of Golden’s holiday lights stay illuminated through Valentine’s Day!

Take a scenic drive and enjoy the fall foliage. Fall colors peak later and stay longer in Golden.

Bike to Golden breweries to sample autumn ales in outdoor beer gardens. Cheer on the Colorado School of Mines football team.


Snowshoe Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Enjoy a mild winter day by teeing off where the dinosaurs once roamed—at Fossil Trace Golf Course, open year round, weather permitting.

Where can I use the bathroom in Golden? There are three public restrooms available in Golden: Parfet Park (701 10th St.), Lions Park Ball Field (10th St. north of Clear Creek), and near the Astor House at 822 12th St. Open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

What is the population of Golden? About 20,000

What is the elevation of Golden? 5,675 feet

Is smoking allowed? Downtown Golden is a smoke-free zone. Smoking in other regions is allowed in designated areas.

Are dogs allowed? Yes, but all dogs must be leashed. Off-leash dog parks are located at Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex and Ulysses Sports Complex.

How can I talk to someone about Golden?

The Golden Welcome Center, located at 1010 Washington Ave., is a great resource for the Golden area. Please stop in or call 303-279-2282.

Avoid the crowds. Winter is off-season in Golden which means there will be plenty of room to roam and seats in our amazing restaurants and breweries.


Drop your letter to Santa at the Golden Welcome Center’s special North Pole mailbox.

Enjoy magnificent holiday light displays. Shop local – many merchants offer hot cider and cookies!

Dine and sip on holiday-themed food and drink specials

See a Year-Long Calendar of Golden Events on the following pages



A Guide to Seasonal Events in Golden

For such a small town, Golden has many big events. Each season is filled with music, parades, festivals and art shows. Check out this overview of Golden’s biggest events. But, remember, almost every weekend you’ll find a play, art exhibit or live music. For details, dates, times and up-to-the-minute information, go to


Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

This long Western tradition features singers, yodelers and poets. coloradocowboygathering org

Goldens in Golden

Join hundreds of your four-legged friends for the largest gathering of Golden Retrievers in the U.S. visitgolden . com

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Films from around the world at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center. ceff. net

UllrGrass Festival

Grab your Viking gear and enjoy live music, beer and food at this celebration of the Norse God of Winter. ullrgrass . com

Winter Concerts by the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra jeffsymphony. org

UllrGrass Festival Goldens i n Golden

The Old Captiol Grill & Smokehouse offers a full menu of smoked meats and classic American fare with some unique twists, in an historic setting. Built in 1863 with additions in the mid-1860s, Colorado’s territorial legislature met in this building and helped shape the territory into what would become the country’s 38th state in 1876.

Watch Your Favorite Sports in Downtown Golden!
Catch all the Football Action with our DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket! 1112 Washington Avenue Downtown Golden
ALL-AMERICAN FARE • BISON BURGERS • SMOKED MEATS • SALADS 1122 Washington Avenue Downtown Golden 303-279-6390

Colorado School of Mines E-DAYS

A weekend of fun engineering challenges, cardboard boats, student-built trebuchets launching milk jugs and more. mines edu

Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Golden Fine Arts Festival

Three blocks of artists booths, live demonstrations, music and a beer garden. goldenchamber . org

Movies & Music in the Park

Listen to local bands and watch crowd-pleasing films outdoors. cityofgolden . net

4th of July Celebration

Colorado School of MinesE-DAYS Golden Far m ers Market

Enjoy the annual celebration with brunch afterwards in Golden.

Easter Egg Hunt in Golden Parks

Golden Farmers Market

Shop for local produce, crafts and baked goods along Clear Creek. goldenchamber org


A small-town, old-fashioned 4th of July. cityofgolden . net Buffalo Bill

A celebration of all things art. foothillsartcenter org

Buffalo Bill Days

Featuring a parade, pancake breakfast, Wild West Show and entertainment. goldenbuffalobilldays . com

Golden Fine Arts Festival
S. Golden Road, Golden, Colorado Check out our Drive Thru! Over 200 craft beers. Great Spirits & Wine selection. 303-279-3968 SPRING
Days Parade

Autumn Fest

Blacksmith demonstrations and Old West fun at the Golden History Museum. goldenhistory org

Golden Sidewalk Sale

Stroll the streets of Golden for specials on clothing, art, food and recreation gear. visitgolden .com

Golden Beer Tasting & Chili Cookoff

See why Golden is the biggest little beer and chili town in the West. goldenchamber .org

Golden Farmers Market

Enjoy peaches from Palisade, Olathe sweet corn, Hatch N.M. green chilies and other regional fall specials. goldenchamber org

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The Golden Ticket is your chance to SAVE AND WIN at Golden businesses as a thank you for visiting. The Golden Ticket is your passport for fun, exciting entertainment, delicious food, drinks, gifts, souvenirs and great deals!

Find the most up‑to‑date Golden Ticket information and availability at or stop by the Golden Welcome Center located in downtown Golden at 1010 Washington Avenue. Rules


Golden has some of the most magical holiday events in Colorado

The Polar Express

Ride behind the largest narrow-gauge steam locomotive in the U.S. at the Colorado Railroad Museum, nightly, Thanksgiving to Christmas. coloradorailroadmuseum . org

Miners Alley Playhouse

Holiday production. minersalley com

Foothills Art Center Holiday

Art Market

Purchase artwork by Colorado artists for holiday gifts. foothillsartcenter org

Olde Golden Holidays Parade

Watch cowboys, bands and, of course, Santa Claus.

Jingle on the Avenue

Enjoy “selfie fun” posing with dozens of colorful holiday characters like the Grinch.

Olde Golden Candlelight Walk

Join friends and neighbors walking and caroling to the grand holiday lighting display of 60,000 lights along Clear Creek.

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Rustic & Cozy Bar, 24 Taps, Craft Cocktails, Paninis, Sausages, Spiced Bacon and more

… a gathering place for old friends and new

Miners Saloon is a modern-day saloon reminiscent of Golden’s mining days of the late 1800s. With a rustic, cozy interior and a perfect balance of period details and modern comforts, Miners provides an Old West saloon feel with a contemporary edge.

1109 Miners Alley • Downtown Golden 303-993-3850


BELLA COLIBRI brings rustic elegance and five‑star, creative Italian cuisine to downtown Golden and offers an intimate, white tablecloth dining experience. Enjoy fine Italian wines and flavorful dishes from throughout Italy.

812 12th Street

Downtown Golden


Clear Creek

Stay safe while enjoying your visit to Golden by following these simple rules which keep our creek clear all year round.

Clear Creek Corridor RULES & REGULATIONS

• Water conditions vary. Please use life jackets and water safety gear.

• Be aware of trail tra c and signs.

• Use designated Creek access points.

• Establish a safety plan and a meeting place with your party in the event of separation.

• Keep dogs on a leash.

• No smoking, vaping, glass or alcohol.

• Leave No Trace – pick up trash and recycling and help keep our parks beautiful.

• Charcoal grill res are prohibited. Use of a portable propane camp stove is permitted if the stove’s propane tank has a capacity of two pounds or less.

• Pedestrians and tubers should use the trail on the NORTH side of Clear Creek. Faster tra c, particularly cyclists, should use the SOUTH side of the creek trail.

• Cyclists must go 8 mph or less on the NORTH side of the trail, give an audible signal and slow down to a walking pace when passing pedestrians.

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A diverse and vibrant shopping scene showcasing locally owned stores. Wander through historic downtown streets, or stop into one of our outlying business districts, and you’ll discover an array of boutiques, each with its own unique charm.

Art lovers can explore galleries featuring Western art, while fashionistas can indulge in trendy clothing boutiques. Specialty shops cater to those seeking unique gifts and local apparel, while outdoor enthusiasts will find stores stocked with gear for exploring the nearby mountains, creek or canyons. Golden was traditionally founded as a mining camp supply town and the tradition of outfitting people for their mountain adventures continues today.

Uncover hidden gems, connect with friendly shop owners and take home more than just a souvenir—take home a piece of Golden’s local charm.

Ace Liquors


Where The West Drives Through! Golden’s only drive-through liquor store. 16265 S. Golden Road, Golden (303) 279-3968 • Inside Center Gatefold AceLiquorDriveThru

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Christian Action Guild Food Pantry & Thrift Store


This non-profit organization stocks gently used clothing, books, toys and household items. All revenue is used to support a sustainable food pantry and those in our community in crisis or experiencing hardships. 1401 Ford St., Golden • Page 33 (303) 279-5674 CAGGolden

Earth Sweet Botanicals


This beautiful French Provencal-style shop sells all things botanical and aromatic, including essential oils, bulk herbs, tinctures, teas, jewelry, butters, beeswax and skincare.

1224 Arapahoe St., Golden (303) 278-1260

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Foss Company


A locally-owned wine, spirit and beer boutique in Historic Downtown Golden. Foss Drug Company, founded in 1913, opened the original pharmacy in the location where it is today. Offering small-batch spirits, independently produced wines, craft beers, cigars and tobacco products.

1224 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 963-5693 • Page 9 FossCompanyWines

Gallerie Quilt


This downtown Golden shop sells the very best in handmade, hand-quilted, heirloom-quality quilts, locally crafted lodge furniture and Colorado lodge décor. 1218 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 933-9616 • Page 2 GallerieQuilt

Golden Goods


This shop offers apparel,toys, local foods, games, candies, hand-carved bears, puzzles and water tubes for tubing Clear Creek. This store is a must-stop while you’re in Golden.

1201 and 1205 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 216-2123 • Page 31 GoldenGoodsInc


Visit the Spyderco Factory Outlet Store to browse our complete line of knives, sharpeners and accessories. HOURS

Sun Closed 820 Spyderco way Golden, CO 800 525 7770
- Fri 9am to 5pm Sat 10am to 5 pm

Sangha Juice


Dedicated to using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients in the creation of delicious and nourishing juices. From sourcing the best produce to carefully crafting each blend, they strive to ensure that every sip is packed with nutrients and goodness.

601 16th St., Unit D, Golden (303) 997-5887

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Spyderco Factory Outlet


This cutting-tool outlet sells tactical, fishing/ hunting, culinary, marine, collectible and throwing knives, as well as sharpeners and other knife-related equipment.

820 Spyderco Way, Golden (303) 279-8613 • Page 29




Founded in 2015 with the core principles of education, stewards of the earth and healing through nature. Committed to providing organic products that support every individual’s goal for better health in mind and body.

1111 Washington Ave., Ste. 121, Golden (303) 587-9497 • Page 15


Taspens Organics


Our passion is sourcing the highest quality organic ingredients and creating over 180 organic wellness and topical body care products free from synthetic ingredients, harmful preservatives, fragrances, sulfates and parabens.

700 12th St., Golden (303) 284-5602 • Page 31


Truly BoHotique


This unique women’s apparel and accessories store puts a focus on female-made products, womenowned brands and locally made merchandise.

801 14th St., Golden (303) 278-7084 • Page 31


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As an apparel manufacturer celebrating the Colorado lifestyle, the store sells high-quality trucker hats, beanies, apparel and accessories for the whole family.

805 12th St., Golden (303) 279-9252

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Afternoon Tea, Café, Cocktails, Events & Marketplace

Our signature afternoon tea experience highlights unlimited tea, gourmet French inspired treats, English scones and savory tea sandwiches.

Golden (11th and Washington)

1027 Washington Ave




As our iconic Golden Arch states, Golden is “Where the West Lives!” From horseback rides and Western wear to historic tours and All‑American eats, Golden is your hub for all things Western.

Kickstart a Western day at a local café with a cowboy coffee and a good old fashioned breakfast. After fueling up, get ready for a day of Western fun with new attire from one of Golden’s Western wear shops. You can find everything from classic cowboy hats and boots to unique Western-themed accessories. While you’re out shopping, visit an antique shop and go on the hunt for unique Western relics. You can also marvel at Native American and Western art at one of the art galleries in town.

If you’re feeling up for a history lesson, embark on a Wild West Walking Tour with Golden History Tours. Perfect for the whole family, you can learn all about Golden’s history and its ties to the Wild Wild West. For a more grown-up experience, slip on your boots and head out for the Wild West Pub Crawl. Discover three local breweries while sipping on delicious local brews. For another Western history destination, head to the railroad museum to discover the

machinery that made the Old West what it was. Explore the museum grounds and see the historic and iconic engines up close; you can even climb aboard for a ride!

Experience Golden like the Cowboys did, on horseback exploring the terrain with their majestic sidekicks. During the summer months, saddle up for a guided horseback trail ride. There are local stables that offer guided rides perfect for the whole family. Golden is home to several horseback riding trails that will take your breath away with stunning views.

After exploring Golden’s All‑American main street, meander up the scenic Lariat Loop Trail to the top of Lookout Mountain to experience the views of the West. Once you make it to the top, you can visit the grave of a well-known cowboy. Buffalo Bill is one of Colorado’s most famous cowboys who was not only a soldier but also a hunter and Wild-West showman. There, you can learn

all about his life and the wild adventures he went on. The museum also features rifles owned by Annie Oakley, the headdress of Sitting Bull and much more. On the other side of Lookout Mountain, you can also catch a glimpse of real live bison at the buffalo herd overlook. The city of Denver maintains a herd of over 40 bison in this scenic location, making for one-of-a-kind Western photos.

Round off your Western day with some classic barbeque accompanied by live music. While enjoying your meal, wet your whistle with a crisp beer; the drink of the Cowboys, made right here in Golden.

With so much to do and see, Golden truly is the home of the West. Planning a day chock full of Western history and activities is no hard feat in this classic Western town. As the sun sets at the end of a fun-filled day, you can put up your feet and know that you enjoyed a true Western experience in the town “Where the West Lives.”

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Adventure West River

Tube and Ebike Rentals


This family-owned equipment rental business offers tubes for whitewater tubing and ebikes for all ages and abilities. The staff helps with helmets, locks, safety tips and self-guided tour routes.

423 10th St., Golden (720) 722-1645 • Page 37


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Colorado Railroad Museum


The museum features over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, exhibits galleries, a library and Roadhouse restoration facility with a working turntable. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden (303) 279-4591 • Page 37



Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center


Serving as a West Side Visitor Center for Dinosaur Ridge, the gift shop and exhibits feature the plants, animals and environments that lived in Colorado 150 to 68 million years ago. See and touch model dinosaurs and fossil replicas.

17681 W. Alameda Pkwy., Golden (303) 697-3466

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Foothills Art Center/ Astor House


This regional art gallery offers exhibits, studios and classes for all ages. There are also member trips, art markets and artist meetups.

822 12th St., Golden (303) 279-3922

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Golden Game Guild


Family-friendly board game café in downtown Golden. Dedicated to fostering a community of tabletop gameplay including an afterschool program, meet-ups and tournaments. 1209 Washington Ave., Golden (720) 685-6875 • Page 37


Golden History Tours TOURS

Bringing the stories of Golden’s past to life, these year-round walking tours include pub crawls and ghost tours with more than just facts and dates. Offering group and custom tours.

1010 Washington Ave., Golden (720) 432-1162 • Center Gatefold goldenhistor





Honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the property offers retreat facilities, daily mass and access to numerous sites, including the museum, gift shop and gardens. 20189 Cabrini Blvd., Golden (303) 526-0758 • Page 35


Miners Alley Performing Arts Center


A premiere professional theatre serving the greater Denver area. Offering a variety of shows including plays, musicals and theatre for young audiences on up, classes, camps and special events.

1100 Miner’s Alley, Golden (303) 935-3044 • Page 50 MinersAlley

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre


Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an open-air amphitheater built into a rock structure. The only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.

18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison (720) 865-2494 • Page 35 RedRocksCO

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum


Explore the scope of quilting, from bed coverings of the 1800s to contemporary art pieces. The museum hosts quarterly exhibits, tailored tours and programs for adults and youth. The library contains over 7,500 volumes of literature, patterns, documents and technique resources.

200 Violet St., Golden (303) 277-0377 • Page 37


Tonic Trails Wellness


Treatments pull from several modalities including neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, sports and Swedish massage. They also can incorporate the use of a graston tool, cupping and essential oils to create the best treatment for each individual.

710 Golden Ridge Rd., Ste. 118, Golden (303) 887-9877

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Experience Colorado’s Rich Railroad Heritage Train rides every Saturday mid-January through Labor Day, also in October Expanded train ride schedule June through mid-August (Thurs-Sun) Day Out With Thomas™ (September) THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride (November-December) Tour dozens of iconic locomotives and railroad cars highlighting over a century of Colorado history

Open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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GOLDEN’S VIBRANT NEW business district is conveniently situated just a short five-minute drive from the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It’s also the perfect stop as you head to or from the world-class ski resorts in Colorado’s High Country. With eateries, accommodations and amenities, you’ll find the perfect fusion of modern comforts.

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Your Red Rocks Headquarters

A concert at Red Rocks is a bucket list adventure for music lovers around the world and Gateway Village offers the closest lodging and dining options. Kick off your Red Rocks experience at a fun and lively food hall where there are delectable options for all. Or get the party started at a brewery or upscale restaurant with sharable plates and amazing nachos. Perhaps you prefer to tailgate at Red Rocks? Stock up at Gateway Village on everything you need for pre‑concert fun!

Your Gateway to the Mountains

Hitting the slopes or heading out to hike a 14er? Hit the drive thru to get your caffeine fix or a burrito or gourmet sandwich to fuel your adventure. After you conquer the mountain, head back to Gateway Village to visit a brewery and celebrate your success or feed your appetite at a locally owned eatery.

No matter what brings you to—or through— Gateway Village, you’re sure to add it to your “must stop” locations!

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Hiking Trails

The Toast of the Town in Golden

GOLDEN IS SURROUNDED by six mountains, all of which have hiking trails that lead to spectacular views of snow-covered peaks and the high plains of Metro Denver. And what could be better after a hike than sitting in an outdoor beer garden, sipping a craft brew and looking up at the peak you just climbed? The map on the opposite page shows just some of the hiking trails around Golden. Here are some popular options and afterwards, toast to your adventure with friends at a Golden brewery!

Peaks to Plains Trail

Don’t feel like climbing a mountain? No worries! The Peaks to Plains Trail (also known in town as the Clear Creek Trail) is nearly flat and follows the beautiful river west up into a scenic canyon of sheer cliffs. The year-round, family-friendly trail is paved or hard gravel and crosses Clear Creek on several bridges. The trail can be accessed from the Welcome Center in downtown Golden or from two massive parking areas with restrooms on Highway 6 just west of Golden.

Lookout Mountain and Mount Zion

The highest and most prominent mountain that towers above Golden is Lookout Mountain. There is a high spur to the north called Mount Zion, which is where the giant white rock ‘M’ for the Colorado School of Mines is built. Each

year, new students climb up and place a white rock on the geoglyph, while graduating students hike up and remove one as a treasured souvenir. You can follow their path on a series of trails that climb both peaks. Most scenic is the Windy Saddle Trail which begins halfway up Lookout Mountain Road and switchbacks through pine forests to Buffalo Bill’s Grave and the Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center. Back in town, almost all beer gardens and cafés have a view of the two peaks.

North Table Mountain

Another landmark of Golden is this broad, flat-topped mesa that rises hundreds of feet above Clear Creek Valley to the north and is ringed by cliffs. You can hike to its summit on a hiker-only trail called Lichen Peak, or hike or bike on the 5.9-mile loop trail that goes completely around the mesa.

South Table Mountain and Castle Rock

The iconic view of Golden is the prominent high volcanic rock butte that sits above Coors Brewery named Castle Rock*. It has been featured on their logo for 150 years. The hike is short and steep, but pays wonderful dividends with the best views of downtown Golden. The very first T-Rex dinosaur bones were discovered here. The butte is visible from almost every beer garden and outdoor café in town.

*Castle Rock is private property. Do not trespass.

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Get in the Loop! Get in the Loop!

Explore The Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway

THE LARIAT LOOP® Scenic & Historic Byway provides a multigenerational excursion that retraces the motoring adventures of the 1920s on a 40-mile winding stretch through the foothills between Golden, Morrison and Evergreen. Explore the historic sites, scenic stops and fun attractions at your own pace. Best of all, whether you’re squeezing in a few stops in an hour or making a full day of it, exploring the Lariat Loop Byway is free!

Before you head out, grab a to -go coffee, breakfast or lunch in downtown Golden which offers a wide variety of cafés, coffee shops, food halls and restaurants. Don’t forget to take a photo under the famous Golden Welcome Arch!

Here Are Nine Must-Sees On The Loop!

1 Boettcher Mansion

Tour this 100+-year-old gem where historic authenticity meets modern amenities inside the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve.

2 Golden Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown Golden dates back to the early 1850s when the first settlers came looking for gold. Visit museums, take self-guided walking tours, shop, dine and stay without ever leaving downtown.

3 Colorado Railroad Museum

Experience history with this collection of over 100 narrow- and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses.

4 Miners Alley Performing Arts Center

Enjoy an award-winning production —musicals, comedy, improv, concerts and theater — at this professional theatre in downtown Golden.

5 Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave

Browse collections of antique firearms, Native American artifacts, items used by Buffalo Bill Cody and his grave atop Lookout Mountain.

6 Mother Cabrini Shrine

Walk the gardens, marvel at the art and architecture, explore the museum and browse the gift shop at this sacred site. The Shrine offers retreat facilities and daily mass and is open every day for visitors and pilgrims to pray, explore and visit.

Don’t miss the Bison Overlook at exit 254. There’s a parking lot to pull into to take photos of the high mountain peaks to the west. There may be a bison herd nearby. If so, you can’t miss them!

As you drive, watch for herds of deer and/or elk.

7 Dinosaur Ridge DinoRidge org

This indoor/outdoor museum features fossils from the Cretaceous and Jurassic Periods, first studied and named during the Bone Wars of 1877.

8 Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Explore the scope of quilting, from bedcoverings of the 1800s to contemporary art pieces. The museum hosts quarterly exhibits, tailored tours and programs for adults and youth.

9 Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center

Commune with nature at this 100-acre park’s interactive exhibits, hands-on discovery room and observation room, programs and trails.

Pick up a Lariat Loop brochure at the Golden Welcome Center or visit

Directions from Downtown Golden via Washington Avenue

• Head southeast on Washington Ave. toward 13th St.

• Turn right (west) onto 19th St.

• At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on 19th St.

• Turn right to stay on 19th St.

• Enter a residential neighborhood. Stay on the main road driving between two stone pillars and up Mount Zion (with the ‘M’.)*

• Continue driving onto Lookout Mountain Road.

* It takes about 20 minutes to drive from Downtown Golden to the first attraction, which is Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum.

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How long does it take?

Allow about two to three hours to enjoy the Lariat Loop Byway, depending on how many stops you make. Ensure you have plenty of gas, as stops along the loop are limited.

How high is Lookout Mountain?

The highest point on Lookout Mountain is 7,500 feet.

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Make your Golden adventure even better — stay the night. And do we have lodging choices for you!

FROM UPSCALE, STATE of the art hotels with all the amenities, including balconies and mountain views, to romantic bed and breakfasts with cozy fireplaces and fresh pastries in the morning, Golden has something for everyone! There’s even a creekside RV park right in the center of town and many of our hotels are perfect for small conferences, weddings and meetings. Whatever you are looking for in lodging, Golden can accommodate your needs.

The real fun of staying in Golden is enjoying the town at night with live music, outdoor beer gardens, live theatre and more than two dozen walkable restaurants in the historic downtown. In the morning, there are gorgeous walking trails and plenty of coffee shops and brunch spots. Golden’s proximity to Red Rocks Amphitheatre makes it perfect for an overnight concert date and if you have an early flight, Golden is just 45 minutes on interstate highways from Denver International Airport.

(The) Eddy Taproom & Hotel


Constructed in the place of the Rocky Mountain Fire Brick Works, this hotel offers polished rooms with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. The taproom serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and light fare. 1640 8th St., Golden (720) 442-8150 • Page 3 TheEddyGolden Map Locator Dot: O

(The) Golden Hotel HOTEL

This boutique hotel offers a mountain lodge ambiance and full-service amenities. It features 62 guest rooms and suites, over 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space and a full-service restaurant with creekside dining.

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Origin Hotel Red Rocks HOTEL

As the official hotel of the Red Rocks Amphitheater and located minutes from downtown Golden, Origin Hotel Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel, blends rock ‘n’ roll energy with mountain town vibes. 18485 W. Colfax Ave., Golden (303) 215-0100 • Page 45

Pansy’s Parlor Bed & Breakfast


This 1879 Victorian is on the National Register of Historic Places. They have four comfortable bedrooms and serve delicious breakfast at reasonable rates, just one block from the main street of Golden activity.

906 12th St., Golden (303) 278-6616

Table Mountain Inn


This adobe-style hotel welcomes guests with warm Western hospitality, spacious accommodations and modern amenities. Sprawl out in oversized guest rooms and suites with step- out balconies, cozy fireplaces and luxurious pillow-top mattresses. 1310 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 277-9898

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Golden is Your Live Entertainment Headquarters

THE WORLD FAMOUS Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre draws concertgoers, music history lovers and outdoor exercise enthusiasts from around the world.

Any concert under the stars at Red Rocks is unforgettable, not to mention early morning Yoga on the Rocks, hiking the Geological Overlook Trail or simply running the steps at the world’s best concert venue. And to make your Red Rocks visit even better, begin or end it in nearby Golden—your Red Rocks headquarters.

Located just 15 minutes from Red Rocks, Golden is the perfect stop before a concert for a delicious dinner. Informal, come-asyou-are Golden offers a wide variety of options, from casual burgers to farm-to-table fare. There’s food from every corner of the globe in Golden and also several food halls, where you have a wide range of options to please everyone in your pre-concert crew. Sip a craft cocktail made with Golden spirits or get the pre-concert party started with a Golden beer, either from Golden’s world-famous Coors Brewery or one of the many local craft breweries and beer gardens throughout town.

You can even make a night of it and stay in one of Golden’s great hotels. From charming B&Bs to boutique hotels and lovely inns, Golden has it all. Wake up and enjoy a creekside walk or even head back to Red Rocks for Yoga on the Rocks or to hike a trail or run the stairs at the magnificent concert venue. Afterwards, you’re sure to need a hearty breakfast or maybe a Bloody Mary and Golden delivers with a wide array of diners, coffee shops and sunny patios perfect for the morning after a Red Rocks concert or workout. Both Golden and Red Rocks are

sure to offer stunning views and memories you’ll treasure. The best part? There is a full schedule of fun Red Rocks concerts, movies and workouts, so plan on making a return visit soon! Go to for more information.

In addition to being nearby to Red Rocks, Golden is home to an array of venues that offer amazing entertainment. Many Golden breweries, bars and restaurants host live musical performances, often featuring local artists. Some venues even have beautiful outdoor stages that have made Golden a sought-after hotspot for music lovers.


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The Closest Mountain Town to Denver International Airport is the Perfect Place for Small Group Meetings

Golden at a Glance

32 Miles from Denver International Airport

12 Miles from Downtown Denver

30+ Meeting & Event Venues

700+ Hotel Rooms

LOCATED JUST 12 MILES from Denver with highway access to Denver International Airport, Golden is easy to reach, and offers a charming, small mountain town atmosphere ideal for meetings, family reunions, weddings and company retreats.

The historic Old West downtown is pedestrian-oriented and sits in lovely Clear Creek Valley, surrounded in all directions by rocky buttes and mountains. Everything in town is easy to reach by a short walk. And what a walk it can be. Gorgeous Clear Creek flows through the center of Golden and is followed by a paved bike path that stretches nearly three miles up into Clear Creek Canyon to the west, and more than 15 miles east all the way to downtown Denver. All of downtown Golden’s hotels are on the Clear Creek Trail or just a few blocks away, as are more than two dozen restaurants, multiple outdoor beer gardens, a live theater, a concert music hall and several museums.

The people of Golden love to live outdoors and the historic downtown has become one of the top centers for outdoor recreation on the Front Range. Opportunities for “team-building” or “out-oftown visitor” activities, include bike riding, rock climbing, hiking mesas or mountain trails, golfing on one of Colorado’s most beautiful courses (where you can see dinosaur tracks made by a T-Rex!), fly fishing, kayaking and rafting.

There are plenty of meeting and wedding sites in picturesque Golden including Gateway Village, Interplaza West and the 6th and Indiana areas. From hotels and businesses with ample meeting

spaces to historic sites with indoor-outdoor options, Golden has the perfect event venues for intimate and large gatherings all within a few minutes walk from first class hotels and fine dining.

The Colorado School of Mines (CSM), situated in the heart of Golden, is devoted to engineering and applied science and the perfect place for meetings and events. The Green Center, located on campus, is the largest event facility in Golden with 85,000 square feet of event areas including seven separate meeting spaces. From classrooms to department rooms to meeting spaces in the Arthur Lakes Library, there are a range of options to choose from on the CSM campus.

Golden is also just a few-minutes drive from the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheatre, making it the perfect place to combine a wedding or meeting with an unforgettable, bucket list concert night. And speaking of bucket lists, Golden is also home to the worldfamous Coors Brewery. Add a brewery tour at the largest single-site brewery in the world to your activity list, but be sure to reserve a tour three weeks to a month in advance to guarantee a spot.

With more than 700 hotel rooms, ranging from delightful bed & breakfasts to brand new, state-of-the-art hotels, Golden offers a mountain town feel just minutes from a major international airport, making it a golden spot for your next event!

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It’s a Date!

A vibrant town surrounded by picturesque scenery, Golden offers both traditional date night options and adventure‑packed day date ideas, including:

Sunsets, Hikes & Happy Hours

Combine a sunset hike with happy hour. Some favorite hikes with views include the top of North Table Mountain, Panorama Point in Golden Gate Canyon State Park or the Windy Saddle Lookout. Or take a scenic drive up Lookout Mountain and park near Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. The views won’t disappoint and afterwards you can enjoy happy hour or dinner on a Golden patio or tucked into a cozy restaurant.

Live Music, Game Nights and Trivia Nights

Many Golden restaurants and taverns offer weekly live music and trivia nights. Listen to local tunes or test your date’s knowledge of random facts at a local trivia night. Or match wits and challenge your date with one of the more than 300 games at Golden Game Guild, a great date destination.

Dinner and a Show

Make an early reservation at your favorite Golden restaurant and then head to the Miners Alley Performing Arts Center to catch a show at the newly-renovated downtown theater. It’s a comfortable, intimate setting that has a great community feel and a wonderful lobby bar for a pre-show drink, too.

Tour Time!

Golden has tours of all kinds, from self-guided walking tours of local public art and murals to the Golden Hayride, which winds through town stopping at local taverns. You can also learn about Golden history with Golden History Tours and let’s not forget Golden’s most famous tour, the Coors Brewery Tour, where you and your date can learn about the history and passion of this brewing legend and if aged 21+, enjoy samples of fresh beer.

Plan the perfect date with the one you love in this charming city with mountain town vibes. With countless activities and places to discover here, Golden will quickly become your go‑to date destination.

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