Golden Official Visitors Guide 2023

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DINE • SHOP • PLAY • STAY Maps | Outdoor Guides | Family Fun | Things to Do GOLDEN OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE 2023
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

We’ve got some BIG things coming this year, and we’re excited for you to be a part of it. You can look forward to us unveiling our renovated Creative Campus opening summer 2023, which includes a clay studio, rentable artist studios, and a dedicated open studio space.

Then in late summer, join us for the opening of our devoted gallery space at the Astor House. We are so excited to share all of our hard work with you, show off our shiny new spaces, and create together. Check out our website for more information and to stay up to date.

809 15th Street, Golden, CO 80401 303.279.3922 @foothillsartcenter Scan this QR code with your smartphone to visit our website and see what classes, events, and exhibitions are on view!
WELCOME From the City Manager | Visitors Center Info 8 EXPLORE Golden WALKING TOUR INCLUDES MAP 10 FUN for the Whole Family 12 MOUNTAIN SPORTS Capital of the Front Range 14 DINE DINING Destinations 16 INSPIRED Golden ARTS & CULTURE 20 The World’s Biggest Little BEER TOWN 22 Golden is PAW‑FECT for Your Tail Wagging Friends 24 TIPS & FAQs 25 A Guide to SEASONAL EVENTS 27 CLEAR CREEK Safety 31 SHOP DOWNTOWN Golden Attractions INCLUDES MAP 32 SHOP: Always Local, Always Unique 34 PLAY WALK THIS WAY in Golden 40 LARIAT LOOP Scenic Byway INCLUDES MAP 44 STAY & VISIT 46 Golden’s TRAILS + ALES INCLUDES MAP 48 150 Years of COORS 50 Golden is Your RED ROCKS Headquarters 52 PARKING Information INCLUDES MAPS 53 Golden Loves “MEETING People” 54 Top INSTAGRAMMABLE Spots 56 Golden Visitors & Information Center 1010 Washington Ave. Golden, CO 80401 303-279-2282 • Publisher: Kristie Melendez Ad Sales: Dawn Wiggett Editor: Wendy Burt-Thomas Art Director: Diane Hokans Ad Coordinator: Nia Hill Graphic Designer: Meadow Trail Administrative Assistant: Kailee Melendez On the cover: Hikers on South Table Mountain. Photo by F4D Studio. Published by EasyChair Media 800 3rd St., Windsor, CO 80550 970-686-5805, fax 970-686-7335 Golden Official Visitors Guide 2023 is published by Smart Marketing, LLC, for the Golden Welcome Center and Visit Golden, 1010 Washington Ave., Golden, Colorado 80401. © 2023. 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 2023 Parking is always free for the first two hours in City of Golden parking lots and garages. 6 VISITGOLDEN.COM

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Welcome to Golden!

The Golden Visitors & Information Center is a hub for the Golden community, providing information, services, programs, and activities that benefit the community, its residents, visitors, businesses and organizations.

We are a thoughtful, dedicated advocate for Golden residents in building and maintaining a strong sense of community. 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. We also partner with local businesses and organizations to create/host special activities/projects that benefit the community. 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 Avenue in the heart of Golden.

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

Summer Hours: Monday–Friday 9 am-5 pm. Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm (303) 279-2282


Golden’s Washington Avenue says it perfectly, “Howdy Folks, Welcome to Golden!” As a relative newcomer, I can attest firsthand to the city’s friendly spirit. In my short time as Golden’s City Manager, my family and I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of Golden citizens, the variety of activities and the beauty of the area. We’ve only just begun exploring all Golden has to offer, but we have enjoyed rich cultural activities including museums, art galleries and local theater, fun community events throughout the year, an abundance of outdoor recreation and delicious dining.

Thank you so much for visiting Golden! We are excited to share the city’s Western hospitality with you. The 2023 Golden Official Visitors Guide will point you to all the city offers and includes insider tips to help you make the most of your stay. Golden is a wonderful place to shop, dine, stay, recreate and enjoy Colorado’s beauty.

We are grateful you chose to visit Golden and wish you a fun, safe and vibrant experience!


The Golden Visitors & Information Center’s Volunteers
Scott Vargo, Golden’s City Manager
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THE BEST WAY to see historic downtown Golden is on foot. Founded on June 16, 1859, during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, the mining camp was originally named Golden City, ironically not because of the shiny metal found in Clear Creek but in honor of an early settler, Thomas L. Golden. Golden City served as the capital of Colorado Territory from 1860 to 1867. It is the birthplace of Coors Beer and Jolly Rancher candy, and the final resting spot of Buffalo Bill Cody. Today, the downtown area is filled with colorful murals, statues, covered verandas, outdoor cafés, one-of-a-kind shops, recreation outfitters and galleries. Here are some historic and fun places to visit.

1 Golden Visitors & Information Center

This is your headquarters for maps to local hiking trails in nearby Jefferson County Parks, as well as information on dining, shopping, recreation, craft breweries, distilleries, theater, art and live entertainment. The center occupies a scenic location on the Clear Creek Trail, just north of the bridge on Washington Avenue.

2 Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

America’s only museum dedicated to mountaineering has a diorama of the different routes up Mount Everest and the actual clothes worn by the first Americans to summit the world’s highest peak. There is information about Colorado’s 14ers, climbing and the famous World War II troops, the 10th Mountain Division, who trained in Colorado.

3 Vanover Park

In 1859, a tavern owner named Edgar Vanover became inebriated and began shooting at people. A mob of angry citizens chased him and without benefit of a trial, lynched him from a tall cottonwood that stood at the southeast corner of Ford Street and Clear Creek. Today, it’s a peaceful spot with lovely views of Castle Rock.

4 Coors Brewery

In 1873, a German immigrant named Adolph Coors discovered two dozen natural springs at the base of South Table Mountain and opened a small brewery, producing a Czech Pilsner recipe beer. Today, it has grown to become the largest single-site brewery in the world! You can tour Coors and discover how beer is made while visiting a huge room filled with gigantic copper kettles. Everyone loves the packaging department, where thousands of cans and bottles whiz by before being stuffed into six-packs.

5 Welcome Arch

One of the most photographed spots in Colorado was created in 1948 when a steel frame structure was built 58-feet high over Washington Avenue emblazoned with the words, “Howdy Folks, Welcome to Golden.” The sentiment still remains. Watch the traffic, but make sure to take your photo under this historic Colorado icon. A good spot is from the buffalo statue, which marks the approximate place where outlaw “Heartless” Edward Franklin was shot in a shootout between Denver detectives and the notorious Musgrove Gang.

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6 Jolly Rancher

Dorothy and Bill Harmsen opened their first ice cream store at 1113 Washington Ave. in June 1949. They called it the “Jolly Rancher” to evoke a fun, Western hospitality. When sales slumped in winter months, the Harmsens began making hard candies in fruit flavors and one of America’s favorite sweets was born. Jolly Rancher is now owned by Hershey, but the “mother ship” was right here in Golden.

7 Loveland Cottage

Constructed in 1859, this cottage at 717 12th Street is the oldest building in Golden. Owner William Loveland helped start the Colorado School of Mines. Both Loveland Pass and the town of Loveland, Colorado, are named after this early Golden resident.

8 Colorado Territory’s First Capitol

William Loveland built this saloon in 1863 and offered it for free to serve as the first Capitol building of the Colorado Territory. In 1867, a possibly “heavily bribed” meeting was held here and voted to move the capital to Denver. Today, it’s the wonderful Old Capitol Grill, still offering a full bar and barbeque.

9 The Armory Building

Built in 1913, this is one of the most unusual buildings in Golden, constructed entirely from river rock pulled from Clear Creek (which at the time was known as “Cannonball Creek” because of its large, round, river boulders).

10 Foothills Art Center

This National Historic Register building opened amidst pines and aspens as the First Presbyterian Church of Golden in 1872. In 1968, a group of artists and business leaders bought and remodeled the buildings as an art center that today features exhibits by both local Colorado artists and national and international touring art shows.

11 Astor House

The two-story building was originally constructed in 1867 of locally quarried sandstone and served as a hotel during the Gold Rush days. It is the oldest surviving former hotel in Colorado, and one of the state’s oldest stone buildings. Saved from demolition by a group of local citizens, it is currently being remodeled and will be reopen in 2023 as an expansion of the Foothills Art Center.


12th Street Historic District

Compared to some of the rowdier parts of town, this was Golden’s genteel neighborhood and is today filled with some of the best examples of Victorian and Italianate architecture in the town. Don’t miss visiting Golden City Brewery, one of the first craft breweries in Colorado. The brewers live in the house, the beer garden is their backyard and you purchase beers through the old carriage house window.


Colorado School of Mines

This 7,000+ student university started in 1874 and is one of the top engineering and mining science schools in the nation. On campus is the free Mines Museum of Earth Science filled with rare rocks, minerals, fossils and other fascinating Earth Science-related objects. The gigantic “M” overlooking the campus on Zion Mountain was started in 1908 and is the fourth mountain monogram in the U.S. Traditionally, new students bring a 10-pound rock from their hometown and climb the mountain to add it to the pile. After graduating, they climb the mountain and take one down.

14 Golden History Park

The park is filled with historic buildings from the Pearce Ranch, originally located in Golden Gate Canyon, 15 miles away. Self-guided tours visit the farmhouse, barn, garden and school. Bring some quarters and feed exotic chickens in the historic chicken coop. During special events, there is a working blacksmith shop.

15 Golden History Museum

Established in 1938, the free and fun museum is home to more than 15,000 artifacts telling the story of Golden’s history with rare items from Coors Brewery, Jolly Rancher candy and early mining and pioneering days.

16 Clear Creek Trail

The paved trail along Clear Creek is part of the ambitious Peaks to Plains Trail that will one day stretch 65 miles from Loveland Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel all the way east to Denver. Currently, the trail goes from downtown Golden 1.75 miles west up into Clear Creek Canyon, and east all the way to Denver. A new three-mile segment west into the canyon broke ground in 2022 and will open in 2025. •

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Fun for the Whole Family

Steam trains, dinosaurs, candy shops and cowboys—there’s nothing like a trip to Golden for family fun.

KIDS CAN WALK along Clear Creek and meet the ducks or stop by the Golden History Park and feed some chickens. Thomas the Tank Engine and the Polar Express are regular visitors to the Colorado Railroad Museum, or visit at other times for model trains and a ride on a “Galloping Goose.” Golden’s historic downtown is filled with shops serving ice cream, donuts, 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 ride for miles up into beautiful Clear Creek Canyon, crossing back and forth over the pretty river on bridges, including a fun suspension bridge.

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 steamups, special events and train rides on a crazy contraption called a “Galloping Goose.”

Hang Out with Buffalo Bill!

The famous scout and showman is buried on top of Lookout Mountain with panoramic views of Denver and snowcapped 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.

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 and feed the chickens.

Have a Snack or Lunch at an Outdoor Café!

With 300 sunny days a year, people in Golden live outdoors and there are over 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 tables along Clear Creek. Leave room because downtown Golden has specialty shops selling ice cream, yogurt, cookies, cupcakes, candy and pastries. •



IN GOLDEN, IT’S not unusual to see hang gliders floating down a mountain, while bikers are pedaling up it. Golden is the closest mountain town to Denver, just 12 miles from the state capitol building, but the town offers every type of mountain recreation experience that can be found in Colorado. Here are some ideas:

Hiking: All five of the mountains surrounding Golden have trails to the top, while the paved, all-weather Clear Creek Trail follows the beautiful river from historic downtown for several miles west up into the canyon, crossing the creek several times. Head east and you can follow the trail all the way to the South Platte River and Denver. Just a short drive away, there are wonderful trails at Red Rocks Amphitheatre or in Golden Gate Canyon and Eldorado Canyon State Parks.

Biking: The climb up Lookout Mountain from downtown Golden is one of the most iconic cycling routes in Colorado. The paved road makes 56 curves as it climbs 1,300 feet in 4.3 miles up the 7,379-foot-high mountain. Golden is filled with mountain bike routes, from the

five-mile loop around North Table Mountain to the Apex trail network. E-bike and bike rentals are available for the Clear Creek Trail which can be cycled for dozens of miles.

Rock Climbing: Clear Creek Canyon begins in Golden and offers some of the best rock climbing in Colorado. Beginners head to the Canal Zone, which can be accessed by foot from downtown Golden. Little Eiger, Red Slab and High Wire Crag also offer beginning routes to work your way up to Primo and Anarchy Wall. If you’ve never climbed, Golden is home to several indoor rock climbing and bouldering gyms, where you can try it out or even take a class.

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. There are exhibits about climate, the science of mountains, Colorado’s 14ers, lightning and the history of mountaineering in both Colorado and around the world.

Hang Gliding: Golden is the center for foot launch hang gliding off of Mount Zion, the 6,800-foot-high peak adjacent to Lookout Mountain. The skies above Golden are often filled with gliders curling down to a landing spot near the Colorado School of Mines.

Fly Fishing: Clear Creek is one of the best near-to-Denver fly fishing spots with dozens of access points to the river near Golden. Right downtown, there are excellent places for fly fishing. You won’t have to cast far to find a great local shop that can help with professional guides, or suggestions and maps to local fly fishing areas.

Snow Sports: Golden is surrounded by places perfect for snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing. Golden Gate Canyon State Park has cross country skiing through aspen meadows and deep conifer forests. White Ranch has 20 miles of snowshoeing or cross country skiing trails.

Water Sports: Clear Creek flowing through Golden has become one of the most popular rafting and kayaking centers in Colorado, with more rapids per mile than any other commercially rafted river. Commercial rafts put in at nearby Idaho Springs. The lower portion of Clear Creek closer to Golden is the center for kayaking with a dozen man-made chutes right in the heart of downtown Golden.

Outfitting: Golden was founded as a supply town for the mountains and that tradition continues today. The city is a center for recreation shops for all outdoor mountain sports and the perfect place to gear up for your mountain adventure! •



alternative transportation, a ride-share service or bicycle. Golden is extremely walkable, so once you are here, you can walk or bike to most areas of interest. EXPLORE 15 VISITGOLDEN.COM

Dining Destinations

ADENVER POST HEADLINE proclaimed, “Golden’s food scene is blowing up” and indeed, the city has a slew of diverse dining options sure to satisfy all. From hip food halls to quiet bistros, Golden’s culinary scene has you covered. Cafes and delis serve up fast and delicious options to fuel your next adventure. Grills, restaurants and high‑end dining provide a longer sit‑down experience for those looking to savor their meal and connect with family and friends. From Nepalese, Mexican and Italian to Thai, Hawaiian and “Colorado mountain cuisine,” Golden’s global cuisine will ensure your visit is satisfying and delicious.


For a complete list of Golden restaurants, go to VISITGOLDEN.COM/ restaurants

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.

812 12th St., Golden (720) 289-4859 • Center Gatefold


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 19


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Bono’s Italian Restaurant


For more than 25 years, Bono’s has served scratch-made Italian cuisine, including pizza, pasta, seafood, subs, calzones, salads and other selections. Beer, wine and cocktails are also available.

14799 W. 6th Ave. Frontage Rd., Golden (303) 278-1068 • Page 19


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


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Coriander Flavors of India


Voted Best Indian Restaurant 2022 Westword. 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., Golden (720) 287-0095 • Page 4

El Dorado Mexican Restaurant


This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving authentic Mexican food in the Golden community for over 10 years. Enjoy mountain views from the patio. Winner of “Best of the Best” in Golden eight 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  profile.php?id=100057599282811

The Golden Mill


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 selfserve yogurt and its own custom blend of premium brewed Turkish coffee.

1200 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 279-2000 • Page 33


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Miners Saloon


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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Table 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 fireroasted chile rellenos and Mesa Bloody Marys.

1310 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 216-8040 • Page 41


Vice Kitchen Wine Whiskey



Experience Rocky Mountain Region cuisine, wine, cocktails and local beer. From salmon ceviche and Rocky Mountain elk medallions to charcuterie boards and homemade pizza, the menu is exquisite.

18445 W. Colfax Ave., Golden (303) 216-2568 • 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 • Page 17  WoodysGolden

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Golden’s only artisan cheese shop and deli. We serve a wide selection of domestic cheeses and meats. In fact, we proudly use these ne ingredients on our gourmet sandwiches. It’s not the cheese.

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Delivery through DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub El Tequileño Family Mexican Restaurant transports you to Mexico with the exotic, robust flavors of authentic Mexican food •Open 7 days a week Over 200 different kinds of tequila • Best Margaritas in Colorado AURORA (Havana & Yale) 2790 S. Havana St. (720) 748-1260 Restaurant LAKEWOOD SP ORTS BAR (Kipling & Florida) 1535 S. Kipling Pkwy , Ste M (303) 278-0363 El Tequileño Sports Bar AURORA SP ORTS BAR (Havana & Yale) 2790 S. Havana St., Ste M (720) 748-1260 El Tequileño Sports Bar ARVADA (64th & Ward) 12391 W. 64th Ave. (303) 423-1307 Restaurant LAKEWOOD (Kipling & Florida) 1535 S. Kipling Pkwy. (303)
Restaurant GOLDEN (Colfax & I-70) 15900 W. Colfax Ave. (303)
Restaurant New Location! Daily Luncheon Specials $6.99 Happy Hour M-Fri. 2- 5 House Margaritas 2 for 1 • All beers 2 for 1 Sourced locally and prepared with love •Elk, Buffalo, NY strip •Flatbreads, Burgers, Salads •Wine, Whiskey & Craft Cocktails •Sit-down Service & Outdoor Patio 18445 W. Colfax, Ste. 104 Golden (1-70 exit #259) 303.216.2568 Family Owned

GOLDEN ARTS & CULTURE: Rich in Variety and Full of Unexpected Surprises

ULTURE AND CREATIVITY thrive in Golden. Surrounded by rocky buttes and evergreen-covered mountains with Clear Creek at its center, it’s no wonder the city inspires.

The city is home to more than a dozen arts and cultural attractions that rival Golden’s recreational offerings. No matter where you look in Golden, at natural landscapes or man-made artistic creations, there is something to appreciate.

For live performances and the performing arts, Golden is home to the award-winning Miners Alley Playhouse, where you can catch critically acclaimed performances, musicals, comedies, improv and theater. Golden also has a thriving live music scene offering everything from acoustic-guitar solo artists at local taverns to national touring acts. The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra also plays frequently in Golden. And let’s not forget Golden’s proximity to the worldfamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre!

Golden’s Foothills Art Center serves as the city’s artistic hub, offering a range of national and regional exhibitions, engaging classes and a delightful sense of community. You can also browse Golden’s galleries where you’ll find an impressive array of Western and Native American artwork and pottery.

Golden proudly showcases 40+ public art works, including captivating statues, colorful murals and even “itty bitty art” found in surprising spots. Stop into the Golden Visitor & Information Center for a free Public Art Walking Tour brochure to guide you to favorite murals, including a quirky mural of a UFO abducting a cow, scenes of Golden from local artist Jesse Crock, a rearing Picasso (the West’s most famous wild horse) and more. Look for beloved public art statues including: “The Cowboy,” depicting a Bronco buster with his saddle; “The Monarch,” a life-size buffalo; “Winter Wind on the Mesa,” a statue of a young Native

American woman; or the “Howdy Folks” statue of Buffalo Bill Cody with a young child on his shoulders.

For the “crafty” visitor, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is the perfect place to explore quilting, from bed coverings of the 1800s to contemporary art pieces. The museum hosts quarterly exhibits, tours and programs for adults and youth and is home to treasured family heirlooms, historically significant quilts and cutting-edge contemporary quilts

Golden’s cultural offerings also provide opportunities to enjoy nature and take time for personal reflection.

High above the town, with incredible views in all directions, is the Mother Cabrini Shrine, a peaceful place dedicated to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Whether you’re strolling the Clear Creek walking paths or browsing in a local gallery, Golden is a “feast for the eyes!” •

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The World’s Biggest Little Beer Town

… and cool craft cocktails, too!

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 and 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 23

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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 • Page 23

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GOLDEN 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. •


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 the spirits produced by Golden Moon Distillery.

1111 Miners Alley, Golden (720) 638-1155 • Page 23

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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 21

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Holidaily Brewing Company


A company 100% dedicated to creating a tasty gluten-free craft beer. Guaranteed safe with world-class taste.

801 Brickyard Cir., Golden (303) 278-2337 • Page 33


For a complete list of Golden breweries and distilleries, go to VISITGOLDEN.COM /restaurants/breweries 22 INSPIRE
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The Eddy Taproom


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.

1640 8th St., Golden

(720) 442-8150

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State 38 Distilling


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

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Golden is Paw‑fect for Your Tail -Wagging Friends!

You and your furry friend will have a doggone great time in Golden! Hiking trails, walking paths, water bowls and dog treats in many stores, dog‑friendly beer gardens and patios for socializing—what’s not to love?

GOLDEN LOVES DOGS! After all, the town shares its name with one of America’s most popular dog breeds—the Golden Retriever.

In February 2022, Golden set the unofficial world record and made international news when more than two thousand sweet, smiling, tail-wagging Golden Retrievers gathered for a historic photo under the “Welcome to Golden” Arch. The popular event was repeated in honor of National Golden Retriever Day on February 4, 2023.

But all dogs are welcome in this historic town at the edge of the mountains. Here are some ideas for wonderful dog day afternoons.


Golden is filled with dog-friendly outdoor beer gardens! The town brews more beer than any other place on the planet and while enjoying a craft brew, what’s better than having your fur baby with you? Many breweries offer live music, food trucks and firepits, making them a wonderful place to relax with your four-legged friends after a walk.


Golden is surrounded by mountains with hiking trails. Walk your friend along the Clear Creek Trail, crossing the beautiful river again and again over bridges, with plenty of places where (keeping your pup on a leash) they can take a little dip in the cool, clear stream.

Trails wind up Lookout Mountain, Mount Galbraith, and North and South Table Mountains. If your pooch wants to play with other dogs, there are a number of off-leash dog parks such as Tony Grampsas Park where, on weekends, you might hear a locomotive steam whistle from the adjacent Colorado Railroad Museum


Golden residents love to be outdoors and with mountain views in every direction, why eat inside? Your pets can join you at Golden’s many dog-friendly outdoor cafés, food halls and restaurant patios. Or grab a sandwich to go and eat with your pal at one of the many free picnic tables along scenic Clear Creek. You’ll find that many of the shops in downtown Golden have snacks and a bowl of water for your tail-wagging pals.


All of Golden’s downtown hotels are pet-friendly, including The Eddy Taproom & Hotel and The Golden Hotel (both located along the Clear Creek Trail) as well as the Southwestern-style Table Mountain Inn and the Origin Hotel, the “official hotel” of nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park, yet another adventurous hiking spot for dogs. •




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

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

Snowshoe Golden Gate Canyon State Park. 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.


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.


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


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.

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

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


Drop your letter to Santa at the Golden Visitors 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.

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

Golden is EVENT‑FULL

A Guide to Seasonal Events in Golden


Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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

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 American Mountaineering Center. ceff. net

UllrGrass Festival

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 .

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
16265 S. Golden Road, Golden, Colorado Check out our Drive Thru! Over 200 craft beers. Great Spirits & Wine selection. 303-279-3968 SPRING 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 Enjoy the annual celebration with brunch afterwards in Golden. Easter Egg Hunt in Golden Parks SUMMER Movies & Music in the Park Listen to local bands and watch crowd‑pleasing films outdoors. cityofgolden net 4th of July Celebration A small town, old‑fashioned 4th of July. cityofgolden . net Golden Farmers Market Shop for local produce, crafts and baked goods along Clear Creek. goldenchamber . org Buffalo Bill Days Parade ARTSWEEK Golden A celebration of all things art. foothillsartcenter . org Buffalo Bill Days Filled with a parade, pancake breakfast, Wild West Show and entertainment. buffalobilldays com Golden Fine Arts Festival Three blocks of artists booths, live demonstrations, music and a beer garden. goldenchamber org 4th of July Celebration Golden Fin e A rts Festival Colorado School of MinesE‑DAYS 28 VISITGOLDEN.COM


Golden Sidewalk Sale

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

Golden Farmer’s Market

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

Wild West Oktoberfest!

Golden’s beloved Bavarian style festival presented by Golden Civic Foundation. goldencivicfoundation org

Autumn Fest

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

Golden Beer Tasting & Chili Cookoff

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


Golden has some of the

in Colorado, including:

The Polar Express

most magical holiday events

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

Foothills Art Center Holiday

Art Market

Purchase artworks by Colorado artists for holiday gifts. foothillsartcenter .org

Miners Alley Playhouse

Holiday production. minersalley com

Olde Golden Candlelight Walk

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

Olde Golden Holiday Parade

Watch cowboys, bands and, of course, Santa.

Jingle on the Avenue

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

For details on all events, go to

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! For the most up-to-date Golden Ticket information and availability, visit or stop by the Golden Visitors & Information Center located in downtown Golden at 1010 Washington Avenue. Rules

and Regulations: Discounts or cash prizes only valid when scratched in presence of participating businesses at time of purchase. Discounts limited to items priced at or below $300. Not valid on sale items or with any other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Cash prizes can be redeemed in person at Golden Visitors Center. Odds of winning cash prize 1 in 200. Odds of
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Wild West Oktoberfest
Autu m n Fest Jingle on the Avenue Holiday lights along Clear Creek
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ITALIAN FINE DINING 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 720-289-4859 Rustic & Cozy Bar, 24 Taps, Craft Cocktails, Paninis, Sausages, Spiced Bacon and more 1109 Miners Alley • Downtown Golden 303-993-3850 … 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.

Clear Creek Corridor RULES & REGULATIONS

• Pick up your trash and recycle.

• Water conditions vary. Please use lifejackets and water safety gear.

• Be aware of trail traffic and signs.

• Use designated creek access points.

• Pedestrians and tubers: use the North side of the Clear Creek Corridor Trail.

• Faster traffic, particularly cyclists: use the South side of the Clear Creek Corridor Trail.

• Keep trail traffic moving: travel single file and avoid stopping to congregate.

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

• Charcoal grill fires 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.

Clear Creek SAFETY

There may be additional requirements when you visit. For the most up‑to‑date guidelines about Clear Creek safety and water conditions:



■ KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Do your research to know what you’ll need. Take a reusable water bottle everywhere

■ STICK TO TRAILS: Help natural areas stay natural by staying on the path.

■ LEAVE IT AS YOU FIND IT: Take home the beauty in a photo and not in your backpack.

■ TRASH THE TRASH: If you pack it in, pack it out — even food scraps and poop! If you come across trash, pick it up.

■ BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE: Keep campfires small, and put them out until you can handle the embers.

■ KEEP WILDLIFE WILD: No feeding, approaching or touching, no matter how cute they are.

■ SHARE OUR TRAILS & PARKS: Yield to the uphill bikers and hikers; silence your cell phone and search for the trail less traveled.

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MAP KEY Public Parking Public Trail Highway Bus Route Paved Trail Historic District/Building Golden Attraction Gas Station Public Restroom Visitors Center RV Park Bus Stop Post Office Downtown Golden FEATURED BUSINESSES Photo: Andrew Maguire 1 Ace Liquors 16265 South Golden Rd. 2 Adventure West River Tube & E-Bike Rentals 423 10th St. 3 Bella Colibri 812 12th St. 4 Brick Room Sports Lounge 1112 Washington Ave. 5 Earth Sweet Botanicals 1224 Arapahoe St. 6 Foothills Art Center 809 15th St. 7 Golden City Brewery 920 12th St. 8 Golden Moon Distillery 412 Violet St. 9 Golden Moon Speakeasy 1111 Miners Alley 10 Goosetown Station 514 9th St. 11 Goozell Yogurt & Coffee 1200 Washington Ave. 12 Miners Saloon 1109 Miners Alley 13 Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse 1122 Washington Ave. 14 The Eddy Taproom and Hotel 1640 8th St. 15 The Golden Mill 1012 Ford St. 16 The Golden Hotel and Bridgewater Grill 800 11th St. 17 Truly BoHotique 801 14th St. 18 Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza 1305 Washington Ave. 19 Yo Colorado 805 12th St. Utilize one of the two parking garages on Jackson Street between 11th and 13th streets. There are usually plenty of open spaces and you are steps away from downtown shops and restaurants. SHOP 33 VISITGOLDEN.COM
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GOLDEN’S MOSTLY LOCALLY owned shops are spread throughout the charming town, dotting the downtown and outlying areas. It’s easy to get lost in the inviting art galleries featuring Western art and oneof-a-kind shops with handcrafted, unique gifts and apparel, many made in Golden!

There are vintage clothing shops, sweet-smelling soaperies, whimsical toy shops and adorable boutiques with the latest fashions. Golden was traditionally founded as a mining camp supply town and the tradition of outfitting people for their mountain adventures continues today. Golden’s outdoor retail shops feature top notch hiking, skiing, fly fishing, biking and climbing gear.

Most stores are staffed by friendly local merchants who will brighten your day with their helpful recommendations and appreciation. Shopping in Golden is always delightful—a must-do activity for any visitor. •

Ace Liquors


Where The West Drives Thru! This is Golden’s only drive-thru liquor store.

16265 S. Golden Rd., Golden (303) 279-3968 • Center Gatefold


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Blue Moose Trading Co.


Offering a rustic-industrial aesthetic and eclectic vibe, this locally owned boutique sells home goods, games and puzzles, hats, books, leather goods, candles, garden gifts and more.

1299 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 271-1191 • Page 31


Creekside Jewelers


Local shop with works by Colorado jewelry artisans and classics such as wedding rings and estate pieces. They also provide repair services for jewelry and watches.

1206 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 279-4246 • Page 33


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 • Page 7  EarthSweetBotanicals

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Foss Company


Foss Company is 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 at today. They offer 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 800 525 7770 HOURS Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm Sat 10am to 5pm Sun Closed 820 Spyderco Way Golden, CO Visit the Spyderco Factory Outlet Store in Golden, CO, browse our complete line of knives, sharpeners, and accessories, consult with our expert staff, and enjoy museum-quality displays that share insights into our 47-year history.

Golden Goods


Offering toys, 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 33  GoldenGoodsInc

Golden Sweets


Billed as “Golden’s hometown soda fountain,” this ice cream shop also sells gourmet chocolate and candy. Novelties include pies, brownies, cookies, Krispy Treats and more.

1299 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 271-1191 • Page 31  GoldenSweetShop

Old Barrel Tea Company


This family-owned business specializes in loose-leaf tea, raw honey, spices and everything wellness. With more than 60 different teas, there’s something for everyone.

1224 Washington Ave., Golden (720) 328-5441 • Page 33  OBTCGgolden

Spyderco Factory Outlet


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

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

Taspens Organics


The family’s 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 9  taspensorganics

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  TrulyBoHotique

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

805 12th St., Golden (303) 279-9252 • Page 13  YocColoradoShop

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Call us today for a FREE market analysis of your home. (720) 363-5626 514 9th St. Golden CO 80401 Sherry Nadine Lori Jami Cheryl Located in a historic Golden Landmark, Aegis Professional Realty is a boutique real estate firm – where building and valuing client relationships is our mission. S ince 1902, the oldest continuously run jewelry and watch location in Colorado! Offering a wide range of fine jewelry, including engagement & wedding rings, vintage estate jewelry, appraisals and onsite repair services Creekside Jewelers 1206 Washington Ave., Golden, CO Instagram @creekside_jewelersCO Best Variety of Colorado Souvenirs Souvenirs, Toys, Colorado Food Products, Candy and More! Gift Cards Available Mercantile: 1201 Washington Ave. Market: 1205 Washington Ave. 303-216-2123 | Visit Our Taproom on Hwy 93 in Golden 801 Brickyard Circle, Golden, CO We love loose leaf tea, herbs and spices, raw honey and anything else that elevates wellness! Happy Tea Time! 1224 Washington Ave , Ste. 118 Historic Downtown Golden 720-328-5441 • SHOP 39 VISITGOLDEN.COM


in Golden


VISTAS at every turn, walking tours are a great way to get to know Golden. There are free and easy self-guided tours or you can book a paid tour with a local tour group. Either way, you’ll discover that while Golden might be a small town, it has a big history and deep appreciation for art.

Here are some Golden tours to consider:

Triceratops Trail

Golden was once teeming with dinosaurs and you can revisit this prehistoric history on Triceratops Trail, a 1.5-mile gravel hiking trail that winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone and into reclaimed clay pits. Along the trail are stops highlighting clay mining and dinosaur, bird, mammal, insect and invertebrate tracks and traces, as well as several walls full of plant impressions.

The Itty Bitty Art Tour

This is a fun and free activity for families. Pick up a brochure at the Golden Visitors & Information Center and set out on this serendipitous scavenger hunt looking for miniature paintings and sculptures where you would least expect to find them—places like cracks in cement, tree stumps, water drains and sidewalks. Kids will love searching for miniature trains, butterflies, spacemen, waterfalls, climbers, dinosaurs and other creatures they might find crawling out of a sidewalk crack or a stump. There’s a miniature world in Golden, so come out and try to find it!

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Golden History Walking Tour

Put together by the Golden History Museum, the free, self-guided tour directs you to 16 historic spots in Golden as it winds one-anda-half miles past beautiful homes, stone buildings, gardens, a re-created historic farm and schoolyard, and—most popular with kids—an historic chicken coop filled with heritage chickens you can feed for a quarter. Visit and navigate using your smartphone or access a PDF map on the site.

Golden Public Art Walking Tour

Pick up a free Golden Public Art Walking Tour brochure at the Golden Visitors & Information Center and take a delightful stroll past more than two dozen public artworks, beautiful statues, and murals that capture the spirit of the West. There are cowboys, gold miners, wild mustangs, aspen trees and so much more, all in vivid colors.

Golden Wild West Walking Tour

If you’d rather not go it alone, check out Golden Wild West Walking Tours for a fun guided tour highlighting true stories from Golden’s Wild West and transporting you back to those rough-and-tumble times. • | 720-722-1645 | 423 10th St (Rear) Golden, CO 80401 Rad Power Electric Bike rentals - experience the epic Peaks to Plains trail! Tube the Clear Creek in sunny Golden - new Tube/Shuttle Package! SCAN TO BOOK NOW! What Will You Find? 20 189 Cabrini Blvd . | Golden, CO 80401 MotherCabriniSh
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Adventure West River Tube and Ebike Rentals


A family-owned equipment rental business offering 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 35


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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave


Owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, the facility exists to preserve the memory of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody through permanent and temporary exhibits and events, including the gravesite.

987 ½ Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden (720) 865-2160 • Page 21


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 of Colorado 150 to 68 million years ago. See and touch model dinosaurs and fossil replicas.

17681 W. Alameda Pkwy., Golden (303) 697-3466 • Page 37  DinoRidge

Foothills Art Center


Housed in a Gothic church and Queen Anne manse, this regional art gallery offers exhibits, studios and classes for all ages. There are also member trips, art markets and artist meetups.

809 15th St., Golden (303) 279-3922 • Page 5

FoothillsArtCenter Map Locator #6

Golden Game Guild BOARD GAME CAFÉ

Family-friendly board game café in downtown Golden. Dedicated to fostering a community of tabletop gameplay, including an after-school program, meet-ups and tournaments.

1209 Washington Ave., Golden (720) 685-6875 • Page 37


Golden History 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. They also offer group and custom tours.

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


Mother Cabrini Shrine CHAPEL/SHRINE

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


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


Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum 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



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Experience Colorado’s Rich Railroad heritage

Minutes from Downtown Golden Train Rides every Saturday mid-January through Labor Day, also in October.

Expanded Train Ride Schedule June through mid-August (Thurs-Sun)

Tour dozens of iconic locomotives & railroad cars highlighting over a century of Colorado history.


GIFT SHOP – Local artisan made gifts, quilt related items, fabric and more.

The mission of The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and educate the public about quilts; honor quiltmaking traditions; and embrace the evolution of the art and craft of quilting.

Check the website for events and closures:

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Get in the Loop!



Did you know … the trail (now known as Lookout Mountain Road) was built in 1913 by a man the locals called “Cement Bill”? It has quite an entertaining and interesting history, not the least of which is that when the City of Denver owed Bill money for his work on the road, he put up a blockade at the Golden entrance. He let in all travelers except those with Denver license plates—until the City finally paid him!

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

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Illustration by Gary Hovland. Photos (left to right): Buffalo Bill Museum; Lookout Mountain Road (photo by Jerry Maguire); Colorado Railroad Museum; Bison Herd Overlook.
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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 grab a photo under the famous Golden Welcome Arch!

Did you know …


From 1915 to the 1920s, Denver developed and promoted the Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive ascending Lookout Mountain and the Bear Creek Canyon Scenic Mountain Drive as part of several “scenic circles” designed to help Coloradans experience the mountains in proximity to the Denver Metropolitan area.

Originally, the Lariat Loop Byway (today billed as “40 Miles of Western Adventure”), provided early automobile access to the Denver Mountain Parks system, and later, to Jefferson County Open Space parks. In 1976, the roadways of the Byway were designated to the National Register of Historic Places.

1 Boettcher Mansion

Tour this 100+-year-old gem where historic authenticity meets modern amenities inside the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve. Built in 1917, the former Lorraine Lodge was donated to Jefferson County in the 1970s and in 1984, the Arts and Crafts estate was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2 Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave

Browse collections of antique firearms, Native American artifacts, items used by Buffalo Bill Cody and his grave atop Lookout Mountain. See Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows, Buffalo Bill’s show outfits and Frederick Remington’s “Portrait of a Ranch Hand.”

3 Colorado Railroad Museum

Experience history with this collection of over 100 narrow- and standardgauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses. Also, see the exhibit galleries, renowned library, Roundhouse restoration facility and working turntable, plus the Depot General Store.

4 Golden Historic Downtown

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

5 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. Jeffco Open Space Educators offer programs throughout the year covering the county’s wildlife, plants, history and more.

6 Miner’s Alley Playhouse

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

Did you know the Lariat Loop® Byway is named after the Lariat Trail, five miles of zig-zagging road climbing the front of Lookout Mountain to Buffalo Bill’s Museum and Grave?

Did you know … the list of prestigious awards for Miners Alley Playhouse includes several Henry Awards and Marlowe Awards?

Golden. The performances have been acknowledged by Denver Westword and True West for excellence in community theater. Watch for the early 2023 move into the former Meyer Hardware building, where the playhouse blossoms into the new Miners Alley Performing Arts Center.

7 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.

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. The Sandra Dallas Library contains over 6,500 volumes featuring out-of-print literature, technique resources, historic patterns and research documents.

9 Dinosaur Ridge

This indoor/outdoor museum features fossils from the Cretaceous and Jurassic Periods, first studied and named during the Bone Wars of 1877. An esteemed panel of paleontologists ranked Dinosaur Ridge as the No. 1 dinosaur track site in America for the variety and accessibility of fossilized tracks open to visitors. •

Directions from Downtown Golden via Washington Ave.

• 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 Mt. Zion (with the “M”.) *

• Continue onto Lookout Mountain Road.

How long does it take?

Allow about 2-3 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.

Learn more: Pick up a Lariat Loop brochure at the Golden Visitors & Information Center or visit

* It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive from Downtown Golden to the first attraction, which is Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum. the “Welcome to Golden” Arch is one of the top photographed items in Colorado?

Stay & Visit

WHERE YOU STAY in Golden can set the tone for your entire trip. Thinking “romantic getaway?”

Choose a bed and breakfast with a cozy fireplace and homecooked breakfast. Bringing Fido? Opt for one of the pet-friendly establishments whose staff members will welcome your fur baby like their own. Making it a weekend of outdoor recreation and nature exploration? Bring your camper or tent to stay at one of Golden’s private or state RV parks. Traveling with a big group for work? Golden’s hotels offer modern amenities including Wi-Fi, fitness centers, meeting spaces, business centers and indoor pools. Wherever you stay in Golden, you’ll have easy access to shopping, recreation, dining, entertainment, arts, culture and stunning views. Choosing where to lay your head may be easy, but with so many things to see and do, choosing how to spend your waking hours is the real challenge. •

The Eddy Taproom & Hotel 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

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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.

800 11th St., Golden (303) 279-0100 • Back Cover


Table Mountain Inn


This adobe-style hotel welcomes guests with warm Western hospitality, spacious accommodations and modern amenities. Sprawl out in oversized guestrooms and suites with step-out balconies, cozy fireplaces and luxurious pillow-top mattresses.

1310 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 277-9898 • Page 41

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Golden’s Trails + Ales

TWO THINGS GOLDEN takes seriously?

Its hiking trails and happy hours! After all, the city is renowned for both its ales and its trails and combining the two makes for a delightful duo.

For hiking, the hard part is deciding where to go! There are plenty of options no matter what your level of fitness. And Golden hiking trails can be enjoyed year round if you bring trax or microspikes for any icy or snowy spots.

After you enjoy the mountain views and air, head to a Golden beer garden or sunny patio. Toast to your outdoor adventure and soak in that post-hike feeling of accomplishment while enjoying Golden’s vibrant scene. Some hikes to consider:

Clear Creek Trail

Everyone’s favorite all-weather, year-round trail follows Clear Creek from the center of historic downtown Golden up into the foothills. You’ll pass the Golden History Park, as well as the Golden History Museum and Golden Library. There are lots of sculptures and even a slide the kids can swoosh down. There are benches and big rocks where you can stop to watch the fly fishermen and kayakers enjoying the creek.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Just a few minutes’ drive from town, Golden Gate Canyon offers acres and acres of evergreen forests and a huge network of trails with excellent signage and maps. Don’t miss Panorama Point, which has one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Front Range.

North Table Mountain

One of the chief landmarks of Golden is this broad, flat-topped mesa that rises hundreds of feet above the valley and is ringed by cliffs with a half dozen hiking and biking trails crisscrossing the area. The classic hike or bike trip is a moderate 5.9-mile loop trail that will take you around—and over—the mesa top,

with 360-degree views of Golden, Denver and the Front Range. A parking area on Colorado Hwy. 93 just north of town has maps; trails head off clockwise or counterclockwise around the mountain. It’s a mixed-use trail with some steep climbs and single-track sections for bikers. Once on top, look for herds of deer and consider heading to Lichen Peak, the highest spot on North Table Mountain.

South Table Mountain

This short, steep hike pays off big dividends since it has the best view into downtown Golden far below. The volcanic butte is where the first T-Rex skeleton was discovered, and is the famous western landmark on the old Coors logo (Coors Brewery is located at its base). The view from the top looks south along the Foothills and you can see everything from Pikes Peak in the south to Longs Peak far to the north.

Windy Saddle to Buffalo Bill’s Grave

Halfway up the Lariat Loop Trail to the summit of Lookout Mountain, there’s a wonderful trailhead at Windy Saddle with a switchbacking trail that climbs through forests to the summit of the mountain. Here you can visit the Jefferson County Nature Center with exhibits on the elk, bear, and mountain lions who live in this forest, or push on to Buffalo Bill’s grave with its outstanding museum on the famous scout and showman. •

The City of Golden and Jefferson County offer an extensive and interconnected trail system of 24 miles, providing diversity in both types of trail experience and destinations. Regional Trail connections provide a link to neighboring communities and open space. Information about trail features, difficulty and locations can be found at cityofgolden. net/play/recreation-attractions/trails or by scanning the QR code above.

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1880: Coors buys out Schueler and Adolph Coors Company is born.

1916: Colorado Prohibition grinds alcohol consumption to a halt. Displaying his trademark determination, Coors converts his brewery to make malted milk and nonalcoholic “nearbeer,” launching a venture to manufacture porcelain and ceramic products and deal in real estate and cement products. During this period, Adolph’s son, Adolph Coors Jr., takes over as president and leads the brewery out of Prohibition.

The Past

1872: 25-year-old Adolph Coors arrives in Golden. He stows away on a ship to the United States and spends three years at the Stenger Brewery in Illinois. After arriving in Golden, Coors buys into a bottling business.

1873: Coors partners with Jacob Schueler to open Schueler & Coors Brewing Co. Coors chooses Golden for the brewery site for its Rocky Mountain water from the Clear Creek Basin—perfect for brewing old-world lager.

1900s: The brewery goes through several expansions.

1946: Bill Coors establishes the brewery’s barley program, which gave the brewery access to good quality, high-yield barley.

1959: Coors introduces the first all-aluminum, two-piece beverage can, a development spearheaded by Bill Coors. The innovation kicks off a recycling drive across America, with Coors leading the way. “Waste,” said Bill Coors, “is just a resource out of place.”

1977: “Smokey and the Bandit” immortalizes the phenomenon of visitors to the American West loading their vehicles with cases of Coors.

1978: Coors Light is introduced.

1991: With interest in Coors beers at an all-time high following the release of “Smokey and the Bandit,” Coors establishes nationwide distribution and lands in all 50 states by 1991.

2005: Adolph Coors Co. merges with Molson Inc. to form Molson Coors Brewing Company, becoming one of the world’s largest brewing companies.

2020: The company changes its name to Molson Coors Beverage Company to reflect its ambitions beyond just the beer aisle.

The Present

Today, the brewery:

• Is the largest single-site brewery in the U.S. by volume

• Employs more than 800 full-time workers

• Produces 33 brands

• Brews nearly 10 million barrels of beer per year

The malthouse ranks as one of the world’s largest. Through a

pair of joint ventures, Coors also operates one of North America’s largest aluminum can and end plants, as well as a bottling plant.

The Future

Currently undergoing a multi-hundred-million-dollar overhaul called G150, a nod to the brewery’s 150th anniversary, the project is on track for completion in 2024. The revamp includes updating the brewery, which will increase the ability to reuse carbon dioxide and reduce energy and water usage. It’s expected to save millions of dollars a year, making the facility—which produces about a quarter of the company’s beer in the U.S.—one of the world’s most efficient breweries.

“We’re a Colorado family through and through, and we take a lot of pride in the Golden brewery,” says Peter J. Coors, the fifth-generation family member leading the G150 project. That pride is reflected in Coors’ commitment to its longtime support of environmental, clean-water and wildlife fire prevention initiatives, as well as several charities and nonprofits. Today, you can find Coors beers across the world. •

Visit for guided tours, sampling information and reservations.
“We’re a Colorado family through and through, and we take a lot of pride in the Golden brewery.”


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Adolph Coors came to America to fulfill his dream to operate a brewery which produced good-quality beer. He made his way out west and found a clean, pure water source of Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado.


Golden Brewery employees are generous within the community donating $110,000 and racking up an average of 7,000 volunteer hours.


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Golden is one of our oldest, most iconic breweries and through our new revitalization project we ensure the brewery has a bright future for hundreds of years to come.



GOLDEN IS YOUR Red Rocks 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-as-you-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 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. •

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Golden has plenty of parking available. If parking outside the downtown area, note that surrounding neighborhoods have resident permit parking. Read signs and choose a spot carefully.

Downtown Parking

Parking is free for the first two hours in downtown parking lots and garages. Always register your vehicle license plates at the pay station or by using the Parkmobile app, even if you are staying for less than two hours. Parking garages are located on Jackson Street between 11th and 13th and often have available spots.

Accessibility Parking

The map above indicates designated accessible parking for our visitors who may need to park in close proximity to downtown. Additional designated spaces are located within both parking garages.

Paid Parking

• Paid public parking garage at Calvary Church 1320 Arapahoe Street.

• Paid parking at the Colorado School of Mines campus. During operational hours, visitors should park in the General and Commuter lots. All Visitor parking areas have a pay-and-display parking meter.

• Parking on 10th Street west of Washington Avenue (Clear Creek Corridor) requires either a permit or a fee from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Map & Station List:

Alternative Transportation Options

Golden can be accessed by car, bus or rail so consider alternative transportation options to reduce your carbon footprint.

Free Two-Hour Parking: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Parking in the Orange zones, shown on the map above, is available for only 2 hours.

• You may not park longer than two hours in these areas.

• After 5 p.m., park here free and for the evening.

• Two-hour parking is in effect in these areas seven days a week.

• Starting in summer 2023, free public parking is available at Marv Kay Stadium “North” K Lot, 11th and Maple Streets.

Clear Creek Corridor Parking

There is a designated Clear Creek parking lot with plenty of FREE parking, located at 304 10th Street at the intersection of 10th and Archer Streets. RV parking is allowed during the day. Staying overnight is prohibited.

Bus/Shuttle — RTD 16 bus runs from downtown Golden to downtown Denver. There is an option on the “W” Rail Line to transfer at the Oak Street Station to the 16 bus directly to/from downtown Golden.

The West Rail Line (Light Rail Service) — The West Rail Line, or “W” Line, provides service to Golden from Denver and DIA. Upon arrival in Golden you can walk, bike or taxi to downtown Golden. Walkers/bikers can take the 6th Avenue Trail or travel along Johnson Road to Ford Sreet.

Total distance is 2.5 miles.

FlexRide — FlexRide provides extended bus service in specific Denver metro areas. Call 303-299-6000 for more info or to reserve a ride.

Other Transportation — Rent a bike at a local bike shops or call Denver Yellow Cab at 303-777-7777 or use a ride share app.


‘Meeting People’ Golden Loves

Colorado’s First Capital is Perfect for Small Meetings, Reunions and Weddings

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.

flows through the center of Golden and is followed by a paved bike path that stretches nearly three miles up into the mountains 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.

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

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 world-famous 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.

The historic Old West town is pedestrianoriented 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

The people of Golden love to live outdoors and the historic town has become one of the top centers for outdoor recreation on the Front Range. Opportunities for “team building” or “out-of-town 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 settings. From hotels

With more than 700 hotel rooms ranging from delightful bed & breakfasts to brandnew, 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! • For

contact information and details on size and capacity of meeting rooms and event spaces, go to
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