2020 Golden Official Visitors Guide

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Maps & Itineraries



Calendar of Events | Tour Information | Free Things to Do DINE • SHOP • PLAY • STAY

Occupying two floors on the campus of Colorado School of Mines, Mines Museum of Earth Science showcases an extensive collection of minerals, mining artifacts, meteorites, fossils and gemstones with more than 2,500 items on display. Explore our indoor mine and discover minerals that glow, admire Miss Colorado’s sparkling crown, visit a moon rock recovered during the Apollo 17 mission and “pet” a dinosaur! Admission is free.


9 a.m.-4 p.m.



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Group tours and special event rentals are available General Research Laboratory (GRL) building 1310 Maple Street, Golden, CO 80401



Welcome from Golden’s Mayor................... 6 Golden Through the Ages...........................8-9 DINE 10–15 Beer, Cocktails and More.......................... 16-17 SHOP 18–21 Shelby Feistner

Your Golden Ticket to Save and Win ........................................................... 22 Visit Like A Local.................................................... 24 Itineraries: a Few Hours to a Full Day................................................................ 26 Arts & Culture...........................................................30

Only in Golden.........................................................48

FREE Things To Do................................................ 31

Museums & Cultural Attractions with Year-Round Exhibits..............................49

PLAY 32–33

Parking in Golden.................................................50

Tour Information............................................ 34-35 Coors Brewery Tour............................................. 36 STAY


Golden FAQs Answered...........................42-43 Family-Friendly Golden........................... 44-45

Publisher: Kristie Melendez Ad Sales: Donna Reardon, Janice Holmes Editor: Wendy Burt-Thomas Art Director: Diane Hokans Ad Coordinator: Melissa Levad Administrative Assistant: Kailee Melendez


Signature Events............................................46-47


MAPS Golden City Limits Map.................................... 27 Downtown Map & Attractions............ 28-29 Parks & Trails Information and Map................................................................. 38-39

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WELCOME TO GOLDEN! NESTLED IN THE foothills with spectacular views of the mountains and mesas, Golden, Colorado is a mountain town that’s only 12 miles from downtown Denver. There’s so much to do here, and we’re happy to share all of our must-visit spots with you in this year’s Golden Official Visitors Guide. Our dining scene has exploded over the past few years. There’s a brand new food hall, new fine dining establishments, award-winning long-standing restaurants, and cuisines from all around the world. From old to new, this guide will highlight the wide variety of places in Golden where you can grab a bite. Find all types of goods and gear in Golden at our many shops. We have great places to find your favorite outdoor gear brands before heading off to the mountains or trails, chic and stylish boutiques, art shops, western wear outposts, and everything in between. Come discover it for yourself. Activities abound in Golden. There are one-of-akind museums, an interactive history park, historic tours, the world’s largest single-site brewery, art galleries featuring the work of talented locals and renowned artists, and an intimate award-winning professional theater. We’re also surrounded by miles of hiking and biking trails.

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With so many fun and exciting ways to spend time in Golden, it’s no surprise that there’s too much to do all in one day! Book a stay at one of our fine lodging establishments and experience Golden without having to rush. Whether you want an intimate boutique, a hotel with spectacular views, or a familiar nationwide chain, you can stay your way in Golden.

Laura Weinberg, Mayor Golden, Colorado

Between our dining, shopping, activities, and lodging, it’s no surprise that Golden rules. I’m proud to be the mayor of a small town with a big personality, and I welcome you into our community and hope you enjoy your visit.

Golden Visitors Center


For more information, call the Visitors Center at (303) 279‑2282 or go to VisitGolden.com.

Mayor Laura Weinberg



When you arrive in town, stop by the Golden Visitors & Information Center to pick up a Golden Ticket and information about area dining, shopping, attractions, and lodging. Our volunteers pride themselves on their knowledge of Golden and are available to answer any questions you may have. The Visitors Center is located in the heart of Golden at 1010 Washington Avenue.

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GOLDEN  THROUGH THE AGES They say hindsight is 20/20, which makes this the perfect year to reflect on Golden’s past, present, and future. Over the past few decades, Golden has undergone a lot of changes. All of them helped Golden transform into the incredible community it is today, and we can’t wait to see what comes next. Visitors can step back in time at the Golden History Museum & Park, located at 923 10th Street. See exhibits from Golden’s past at the museum, take a photo by the “Greetings from Golden” mural out back, and then head to the History Park to check out cabins from the 1800s, a one-room school, and a flock of heirloom chickens. Taking a trip to the creekside museum and park is a great way to dive deep into the history of our special town, and as an added bonus, both have free admission in 2020. Here are some important events that have helped shape Golden into the town we know and love:



3 1 Castle Rock & Coors Brewery 2 Hotel Berrimore, 1925 3 Washington Avenue, 1950s 1-3 courtesy Golden History Museum & Park, City of Golden Collection 4 Boston Company Building, 1860 courtesy Colorado Historical Society 5 Jolly Rancher Opening Day, 1949 courtesy Golden History Museum & Park, City of Golden, Bob Harmsen Collection


July 4, 1859

The cornerstone is laid for Golden’s first building—a two-story log house known as the Boston Company. It was located where Parfet Park is today.

August 14, 1862 Golden City becomes the capital of the Territory of Colorado after winning legislative battles against Denver, Central City, Canon City, and Fairplay. The honor is short lived: The territorial legislature ultimately votes to move the capital to Denver permanently in 1867.

1869 Arthur Lakes, the “Father of Colorado Geology,” begins teaching at Jarvis Hall, an Episcopal school. He stays with the school when it is turned over to the territorial government for the State School of Mines.

January 2, 1871

The town of Golden City is formally incorporated. (The name is officially shortened to Golden on January 22, 1872.)

November 24, 1873

January 1, 1865 Colorado Central & Pacific begins construction on a rail line—Colorado’s first—with a groundbreaking ceremony in Golden.

Jacob Schueler and Adolph Coors found Golden Brewery, the precursor to the Coors Brewing Company. Golden Lager, their first beer, hits the market in 1874 and is an instant success. Coors later becomes the largest single-site brewery in the world.

1866 Brick making at the Golden Brickworks leads


to Golden’s first clay mining.




The “M” on Mount Zion is built, initially designed by Joe O’Byrne in 1905.

January 1, 1916

Golden ushers in Colorado’s Prohibition with a grand free-for-all fight as angry saloon goers spill into the streets. Coors Brewery dumps its entire stock of beer (about 17,000 gallons) into Clear Creek. The brewery decides to adapt by making a “near beer” called Mannah, while also experimenting with malted milk and other dairy products.


June 3, 1917

Twenty thousand people drive up the recently completed Lariat Trail to witness the burial of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody atop Lookout Mountain with full Masonic rites performed by George W. Parfet.


Washington Avenue is paved and downtown gets ornamental street lights. Today’s lights are patterned after the 1924 lights.


Hotel Berrimoor (later Holland House, now Table Mountain Inn) opens on Washington Avenue. It’s now Golden’s longest-operating hostelry.

8 6 Triceratops Trail 7 ‘The First Settler’ float in Golden’s 150th Anniversary Parade

8 Holidaily Brewing Company


The Welcome Arch is lit. Golden’s iconic “Howdy Folks” arch was conceived by two locals: Luther Holland and its designer, Paul Reeves. The arch is now listed on the State Register of Historic Properties.

June 3, 1949

Bill and Dorothy Harmsen open the first Jolly Rancher Ice Cream store on Washington Avenue. Later that winter (and out of necessity), they develop a line of chocolates and their world-famous hard candies. The building burns down in 1956.



The Golden Sesquicentennial celebration marks the city’s 150th anniversary.

April 26, 2013

The west corridor Light Rail line (W Line) opens, linking Golden to downtown Denver. The new line follows the historic Denver, Lakewood, and Golden rail line.


Golden changes the motto on the Welcome Arch from “Where the West Remains” to “Where the West Lives.”

February 4, 2016

March 22, 1984

November 11, 2018

The Twelfth Street Historic District is established—Golden’s first National Historic District.


Golden’s last working clay mine, the Ruby No. 2, shuts down, closing the book on Golden’s long claymining history.


Triceratops Trail opens to the public at the site of reclaimed clay pits by the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. The 68 million-year-old tracks are from dinosaurs, mammals, birds, and beetles.

Holidaily Brewing Company, Colorado’s only commercial scale, dedicated gluten-free brewery, opens in Golden. Golden’s time capsule is unearthed. The time capsule was originally buried on Armistice Day in 1918, unearthed and reburied 50 years later in 1968, and again in 2019. It will be uncovered again in 2068.


The Golden Chamber of Commerce celebrates their 100-year anniversary.

To learn more about important events in Golden, visit the Epic Events exhibit at the Golden History Museum.




The award-winning Bridgewater Grill is a full-service restaurant in downtown Golden with a popular patio overlooking Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills. Their menu features culinary creations focusing on Colorado Proud ingredients. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour daily.

800 11th St., Golden (303) 279-2010 thegoldenhotel.com/bridgewater-grill

TABLE MOUNTAIN GRILL & CANTINA Join Table Mountain Grill & Cantina for fresh, humble and authentic Southwestern cuisine inspired by the Santa Fe region using fresh local ingredients. From the classics like enchiladas and burritos to fresh takes on the perfect staples, there are sure to be dishes for everyone.

1310 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 277-9898 tablemountaininn.com/dining

Golden’s dining scene has exploded in recent years.

BONO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT At Bono’s Italian Restaurant, we offer a variety of Italian cuisine including some of the finest pizza in Colorado. We also invite you to try our soonto-be famous Spicy Steak Bomb. We look forward to seeing you at Bono’s!

14799 W. 6th Ave. Frontage Rd., B2‑B3, Golden (303) 278-1068 bonositalianrestaurant.com

MORE THAN A dozen new restaurants, food halls, bars, and breweries have opened in the past year, with more on the way. New establishments include a completely revamped Buffalo Rose with a sprawling bar, concert hall, and restaurant; Bonfire Burritos with the same delicious burritos in a new brick-and-mortar location; and Nosu Ramen with both traditional and modern ramen dishes. Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery, Golden’s first food hall, offers several different food stations that carry you throughout the day, starting with coffee and a breakfast sandwich and ending with dinner and cocktails. Bella Colibri, with its rustic elegance and five‑star Italian cuisine, has a menu that features fresh interpretations of Southern Italian dishes, including seafood, homemade pastas, Colorado lamb, steaks, and more.



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We look forward to seeing you at Bono’s! 14799 W. 6th Ave. Frontage Road, Road, Golden 303-278-1068 www.BonosItalianRestaurant.com


Golden’s only ar tisan cheese shop and deli. We serve a wide selection of european and domestic cheeses and meats. In fact we proudly use these fine ingredients gou on our gourmet sandwiches. It’s not just the cheese. It’s the experience. 303/278-1293 cheeseranch.com 601 16th Street (between Ford & Jackson)

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You can find cuisine from all over the world in Golden, from farmto-table fare at Abejas to Nepalese food served at an authentic farmhouse at Sherpa House to Ali Baba Grill—an Arabian Nights dream. Take a culinary trip down south at Sassafras American Eatery, try premier Middle Eastern cuisine at Amir Grill, or spend Taco Tuesday at Xicamiti La Taqueria

EL DORADO MEXICAN RESTAURANT Serving authentic Mexican food in the Golden community for over 10 years. Beautiful mountain views from our patio. Family owned and operated. Eight years straight winning ‘Best of the Best’ in Golden.

720 Arapahoe St., Golden (303) 278-4644 goldenmexicanfood.com

WINDY SADDLE CAFÉ Windy Saddle Café is a gathering place for coffee, made-from-scratch breakfast, lunch, smoothies and pastries, as well as craft beer and wine.

1110 Washington Ave., #100, Golden (303) 279-1905 windysaddle.com

TRAILHEAD TAPHOUSE Trailhead Taphouse and Kitchen specializes in scratch-made lunch and dinner with a Cajun emphasis and 21 taps with Colorado craft beer, wine and kombucha.

811 12th St., Golden (720) 638-9009 trailheadtaphouse.com

CAFÉ 13 Stand still on the streets of Golden and you can feel it—the timeless scent of Western adventure full of strong coffee and opportunity, bourbon and gold. It’s alive and thriving at Café 13. Offering breakfast, lunch, baked goods, espresso and a full bar.

1301 Arapahoe St., Golden (303) 278-2225 cafe13golden.com



Bistro, which is the highest-rated Latin cuisine restaurant in all of Colorado according to Yelp.com users. Cheese Ranch Artisan Deli serves incredible American artisan cheeses, but they also stock popular European cheeses, European-style sandwiches, cheese boards, meat trays, and accoutrements. Golden has plenty of long-time favorites as well. Visitors can grab a tasty burger from Bob’s Atomic Burgers, classics from the Golden Diner, or a hearty sandwich from D’Deli. The award-winning Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza is a community staple and recently expanded to include a solarpowered dedicated take-out and delivery kitchen so that you can get your pizza to-go and enjoy it wherever you would like. Bono’s Italian Restaurant has been serving traditional Sicilian cuisine with an East Coast spin in Golden for nearly 30 years, and if you want to go way back in Golden history, head to Old Capitol Grill and Smokehouse where you can get tasty barbeque and pub grub served in the building that once housed the original Colorado Territory capitol.

Windy Saddle Café

Gold Mine Cupcakes

Downtown Golden is jam-packed with eateries. El Dorado Mexican Restaurant specializes in homemade Mexican food, including award-winning green chile; Windy Saddle Café serves up made-fromscratch baked goods made daily along with breakfast, coffee or tea, lunch, and dinner on weekends; and Café 13, known as “Golden’s Living Room,” is located in the historic Armory building and offers high-quality fresh, local, memorable food at a competitive price. Eat close to where you stay at Bridgewater Grill, the restaurant of the Golden Hotel, which offers creekside dining in a casual, comfortable environment serving contemporary favorites or at Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, the restaurant for Table Mountain Inn, which has vibrant Santa Fe décor, friendly service, and fresh

Table Mountain Grill & Cantina

Open daily at 6:30am Full service breakfast and lunch cafe, with house-made pastries, specialty espresso drinks and a full cocktail bar. Serving breakfast all day.

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1301 Arapahoe St. Golden 80401 303-278-2225

Premium Craft Spirits Distillery in Colorado, Inspired by History Distillery Address: 412 Violet Street Golden, CO 303-993-7174 www.GoldenMoon Distillery.com

Speakeasy Address: 1111 Miners Alley Golden, CO 720-638-1155 www.GoldenMoon Speak.com



Southwestern and American cuisine. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head to Gold Mine Cupcakes where they make their cupcakes from scratch daily or Golden Sweets, an ice cream shop and candy store where you can get shakes and malts, sundaes, waffle ice cream sandwiches, glitter cones, and a variety of delicious chocolates. Miners Saloon is known for their massive drink selection, but they’ve also got a carefully constructed food menu in their modern day saloon reminiscent of Golden’s mining days in the late 1800s. For delicious hard ciders served with made-from-scratch food, head one block over to Colorado + 49 Cidery and Pub.

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Head north to Big Daddy Bagels for New York style boiled and baked bagels made from scratch all day long and Cast Iron Tavern for their elevated pub fare with a fresh modern twist and craft beers.

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Woody's has been a staple in Golden for 26 years and we were voted Best Pizza, Wings and Bar in 2019! Guests enjoy friendly service, local brews and all-you-can-eat wood-fired pizza, soup and salad bar. NEW: Our dedicated take-out and delivery kitchen.

Gold Mine Cupcakes is a family bakery and makes all of their cupcakes from scratch daily. Flavors rotate seasonally. Baked in house and may include limited amounts of gluten free and vegan options. Cupcakes in small and regular sizes, and free coffee with purchase.

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

700 12th St., #130, Golden (720) 328-9531 goldminecupcakes.com



In the Central & South Golden Road area, you’ll find Louis’ Café serving Mexican and American breakfast, lunch, and dinner and Schnepf’s Restaurant at Fossil Trace, which is open to the public and has incredible views and delicious new American cuisine made with high-quality regional ingredients. El Tapatio has authentic Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood; South Philly Grille serves

TRIBUTARY FOOD HALL & DRINKERY Tributary offers an array of mouth­ watering treats for any time of day in the heart of downtown Golden. Enjoy specialty lattes, breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches, smoothies, oat or grain bowls, charcuterie boards, Neapolitan pizzas, street tacos, Thai food, gelato, crêpes and more!

701 12th St., Golden (303) 856-7225 tributarygolden.com

Woody’s has been a staple in downtown Golden for over 26 years. We’ve been voted best pizza, wings, and bar in the city! Guests enjoy friendly service, 15 local draught beers, and an all-you-can-eat wood-fried pizza, soup and salad bar! New in 2019 is our dedicated Take Out and Delivery kitchen. We can now accommodate catering-sized orders for your group enjoying the great Colorado outdoors or special occasion. Just call or go online to place your order and we will have it waiting for you with dedicated parking and a convenient walk-up window.

Open 11 a.m. - midnight daily

www.WoodysGolden.com | 303-277-0443 | 1305 Washington Ave., Golden

cheesesteak sandwiches made the Philly way; and Pizza Hut, with Golden roots dating back 50 years, serves up tasty pies, wings, and more. West Colfax is home to local family-owned and operated artisan bakery Grateful Bread (open limited hours) and Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill known for their Windy City specialties. Gateway Village, located near the Hogback Parking/Morrison exit on I-70, is a perfect place to stop before or after you head to the mountains, hiking trails, or Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.

Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery

Launch Espresso.Food.Spirits

There you’ll find Launch Espresso. Food. Spirits, open daily with a full menu with many to-go items for your adventure snacking needs; VICE Kitchen Wine Whiskey, a hot spot for adventurous foodies who want a fine dining experience in a casual setting; and Nomad Taqueria + Beer Garden, the restaurant for the Origin Hotel known for their fresh and delicious tacos and great beer selection. • VISITGOLDEN.COM



Barrels & Bottles Brewery

New Terrain Brewing Co.

Golden, Colorado brews more beer than any other city on the planet. THIS IS LARGELY due to the fact that hometown favorite Coors Brewery is the world’s largest single-site brewery, but Golden also has an assortment of awardwinning craft breweries producing wonderful ales, wheat beers, pilsners, and stouts. New Terrain Brewing Co. is located on the eastern edge of North Table Mountain with a view down into Clear Creek Valley. There’s an outdoor beer garden with picnic tables, fireplace, food trucks, and eight beers on tap, with more coming.

Golden City Brewery



Golden City Brewery

Coors Brewery

Cannonball Creek Brewing is just down the road from the North Table Mountain trailhead and a perfect Golden beer stop. Cannonball Creek was the original name of Clear Creek, which flows through the heart of downtown. Golden City Brewery is just a block from the Clear Creek Trail and offers the one-of-a-kind experience of enjoying a beer in the brewer’s backyard. The tasting room was originally located in the sun room of the house of the founders. Since that time, the operation has expanded and now the carriage house is the tasting room and their backyard is the beer garden. Mountain Toad Brewing is the quintessential Colorado brewery with big windows that open to the outdoors, an outdoor patio with

food trucks, a beer garden, and craft beers on tap. You can bring in your own food, buy food at the adjoining food truck, or even order in a pizza. Dogs are welcome and mingle with guests inside and out. If you are gluten-free, Golden has a brewery for you! Head to Holidaily Brewing Co., the only commercial scale, dedicated gluten-free brewing facility in the state of Colorado. If you’re traveling up to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains or going to see a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, stop by Over Yonder Brewing to enjoy some delicious Colorado craft beer. Located across the street from Coors, Barrels & Bottles Brewery has more than 25 craft beers on tap (a half dozen of their own and great guest beers from across the country) and two dozen wine taps. If you’re not familiar with

TO COCKTAILS AND MORE If beer isn’t for you, don’t fret! Stop by Colorado + 49 Cidery & Pub for fresh cider, Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar for their extensive wine list and downtown sidewalk seating, or State Room or Golden Moon Speakeasy for a craft specialty cocktail. Try your hand at concocting a Golden cocktail with these recipes: Golden Moon Speakeasy is an intentionally hidden gem in downtown Golden known for their cocktail lounge with an sextensive menu and distillery tasting room. COLORADO APPLEJACK MANHATTAN

State 38 Distilling makes all their Damn.Good. spirits from scratch using only 100% Organic Raw Blue Agave, locally-sourced grains, and crisp Rocky Mountain water. Golden travel blogger, Presley Fowler of Colorado Checklist (@ColoradoChecklist on Facebook and Instagram), modified the following Delish cocktail recipe for them: APPLE CIDER MULES 2 oz. Damn.Good. Vodka Sparkling Cider Ginger Beer

2 oz. Golden Moon Colorado Applejack

Apple Slice / Cinnamon Stick

1 oz. sweet vermouth 4 dashes angostura bitters Stir, serve garnished with a proper cherry.

Pour 2 ounces of vodka into each cup. Fill 2/3 full with sparkling cider then top with ginger beer. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick.

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The Restaurants at Gateway Village 18455 West Colfax Avenue

Coors Brewery Tour

tap wines, it’s the freshest way to enjoy wine right from the barrel, including wines produced right here in Colorado. And of course, there’s Coors Brewery, the world’s largest singlesite brewery and a perfect place to learn how beer is made. See the room of giant copper kettles and then view the fascinating packaging room where millions of cans and bottles whiz by on their way to being filled with beer and slotted into six packs. •

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Baby Doe’s carries clothing, artisan jewelry and fine crafts from over 40 regional artisans and artists across the country. Spinster Sisters offers safe and gentle skin care products to benefit our consumers, employees and the earth thanks to ecologically sound ingredients, procedures and packaging.

Spinster Sisters

With a charming downtown lined with mostly locally-owned stores, Golden offers everything from technical outdoor gear to fine art.

1116 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 279-8100 babydoesclothing.com

BLUE MOOSE TRADING COMPANY We began with the inkling that our little town craved a shop that meets the needs of both locals and tourists. Golden has been continuously expanding and we wanted to create a space filled with beautiful and unique merchandise specifically tailored to our customers.

1299 Washington Ave., #110, Golden (303) 271-1191 bluemoosetradingcompany.com Big Ring Cycles



We carry plant-based skin care products, essential oils, aromatherapy blends, organic herbs, herbal tinctures and tea blends, in addition to plant‑based home and garden décor and jewelry. We also offer fun, information-packed classes, workshops, talks, events and DIY.

We are a female-run, family-owned business who specialize in loose leaf tea, raw honey, spices and everything wellness. With over 60 different teas, you are bound to find a new favorite! Stop in for a sample today.

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

1224 Washington Ave., #118, Golden (720) 328-5441 oldbarreltea.com



Start local, stay local.

TRULY BOHOTIQUE Truly BoHotique’s mission is to curate affordable, fashion forward, timeless classic apparel and accessories. We’re pleased to feature specialty boutique brands and our consignment section consists of carefully selected pieces. Our vast selection of jewelry includes pieces made by local artisans.

801-B 14th St., Golden (303) 278-7084 trulybohotique.com

The inspiration behind Blue Moose Trading Company began with the inkling that our little town of Golden, Colorado craved a shop that meets the needs of both locals and tourists alike. We wanted to create a space filled with beautiful and unique mountain eclectic merchandise that is hand-picked and specifically tailored to our customers.

Come check out Golden’s favorite shop.

1299 Washington Ave. Golden

(303) 271-1191


THROW IN BEAUTIFUL mountain views, creekside walking paths, friendly shopkeepers, and plenty of patios where you can stop for a latte or a beer, and Golden is the perfect place to shop. So what can you buy in Golden? Well, just about everything! From the practical necessities at the family-owned third-generation hardware store Meyer Hardware to luxurious lotions at Spinster Sisters, Golden has something for everyone. Golden is home to amazing fly-fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and more, so it’s no surprise that we have incredible gear shops. If you are looking for hiking, climbing, or other active outdoor gear, check out Bent Gate Mountaineering, Vital Outdoors, and Mountain Side Gear Rental. Golden Fly Shop is a premier fly shop, and Golden River Sports offers lessons and has fly fishing, stand-up paddleboard and kayaking gear. Runners High is the place to go for running gear, and cyclists love Peak Cycles, Pedal Pushers Cyclery, Big Ring Cycles, and Golden Bike Shop. If you‘re looking for skis and snowboard gear, check out both Icelantic Skis and Powder7, two great Golden-based shops known for quality and performance. Golden’s consignment shops aren’t your ordinary thrift shops. Eagle-eyed shoppers flock to Rewind Consignments for furniture, home décor, and women’s clothing; The Clothes Mine, a boutique offering unique

Golden River Sports

Taspen's Organics



Serving Golden For 75 Years! 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 • OldBarrelTea.com

women’s gently used brand name clothing and accessories at affordable prices; and Bumps & Bundles Consignment where expectant or new parents can find consigned maternity and children’s clothing and toys. Downtown Golden has shops to suit every need. Baby Doe’s Clothing, Artisan Jewelry & Fine Craft has a blend of casual and eclectic women’s clothing that works for the Colorado lifestyle, artisan jewelry, fine crafts, and wearable art by Colorado and regional artists. Truly BoHotique carries unique women’s apparel and accessories, higher end consignment items, and organic and eco-friendly brands for socially- and fashionably-conscious shoppers.

WE CARRY OVER 30,000 ITEMS IN 21,000 SQ. FT. OF SALES AREA Plumbing • Hardware • Tools • Lawn & Garden • Valspar Paints Automotive • Electrical • Housewares • Sporting Goods Cutting & Threading Of Pipe • Kwikset Lock Rekeying Blade Sharpening • Hunting & Fishing Licenses Free Gift Wrapping For Your Meyer Purchases

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1103 Arapahoe St. • Downtown Golden • 303-279-3393

Blue Moose Trading Company offers a rustic-industrial aesthetic and the nearby Avenue Gifts sells a wide range of gifts for all ages, including Golden and Coors souvenirs. Spend an entire afternoon taking a trip down memory lane at Rockin’ Horse Antiques. At Red Wagon Gift & Garden Shop, you’ll find wonderful gifts for the home and garden. Old Barrel Tea Company sells loose leaf tea, local honey, spices, a variety of gift items, and all the things to brew the perfect cup; and Taspen’s Organics offers herbal healing products, nourishing creams, and body care and wellness products for all ages.

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Rockin’ Horse Antiques

Something For Everyone! Fine Gifts • Charming Toys Colorado & Coors Souvenirs 1212 Washington Avenue


Historic Downtown Golden

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Consignment Store (303) 216-2121 TheClothesMineOfGolden.com

Hats • Purses • Jewelry Unique Gifts • Clothing Shoes & Boots GOLDEN 1205 Washington Ave WHEAT RIDGE 4300 Kipling St, Unit E

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The Silver Horse carries jewelry as well as unusual items that span from hostess gifts to pottery and cowboy boots, and Toad&Co offers men’s and women’s clothing perfect for a Golden look. Looking for a unique gift? Head to Earth Sweet Botanicals for all things aromatic—from essential oils and herbs to flowers and candles; Creekside Jewelers for Golden-themed jewelry as well as Colorado artisan jewelry; Golden Goods, a well-stocked toy and candy store for all ages; and Gene Bauer Goldsmith for custom-designed jewelry. In the North Golden area, you’ll find outdoor gear shop Powder7; the SpyderCo Factory Outlet, a leader in the cutlery industry; and Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience offering custom tour driving experiences. In the Central & South Golden Road area, head to Period Six Studio for artisan cards, art, and “ephemera” and Pedal Pushers Cyclery—a dirt-centric bike shop with a 6-tap bar.

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The West Colfax area is home to Avalanche HarleyDavidson, the highest volume Harley-Davidson dealer in the Golden area; YoColorado, a Colorado apparel and accessories store; Spot Bikes, offering full-suspension mountain bikes and industry leading city bikes; and Yeti Cycles, a high-end mountain bike manufacturer. • VISITGOLDEN.COM



he 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! Where can I get a Golden Ticket? The scratch ticket is handed out at the completion of the Coors Brewery Tour and is also available at the Golden Visitors & Information Center located at 1010 Washington Avenue.

How do I use the Golden Ticket? Present the ticket at a participating retailer or restaurant and scratch to save up to 20% or win up to $500 cash. Do not scratch the ticket until you are about to make your purchase.

Where can I use my Golden Ticket? Participating merchants are located throughout Golden. Look for the “Golden Ticket Accepted Here” sign or ask the merchant if they take the Golden Ticket. Go to visitgolden.com/your-visit/golden-ticket for an up‑to‑date list of merchants.

MEYER HARDWARE Meyer Hardware, a family-owned three-generation hardware store serving Golden since 1945, provides basic hardware, sporting goods, fishing and hunting licenses, housewares and more for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy this Golden landmark while picking up items for picnics or barbeques.

1103 Arapahoe St., Golden (303) 279-3393 visitgolden.com/listing/meyerhardware/1353

CREEKSIDE JEWELERS Stop by and take a look at our wide selection, including bridal, precious and semi -precious gold jewelry, and sterling designs, some exclusive to Creekside and many made here in Colorado. We are a full-service jeweler including repairs and appraisals. Come see us!.

1206 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 279-4246 creeksidejewelers.com



Creekside Jewelers Rules and Regulations: Discounts or cash prizes only valid when scratched in pres‑ ence 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 winning grand prize 1 in 10,000.

THE CLOTHES MINE The Clothes Mine has new and used clothing and accessories for women and men, and home décor. We offer a range of goods for any budget. New items arrive weekly, so one visit is never enough. Get your next favorite find at The Clothes Mine.

1205 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 216-2121 theclothesmineofgolden.com

WINGS OF EAGLES Wings of Eagles is Golden’s Native American goods store offering jewelry, pottery, kachinas, artwork and other handcrafted Native American pieces. This art gallery and gift store is located in historic downtown Golden.

805 12th St., Golden (303) 273-9708 wings-of-eagles.business.site

GOLDEN GOODS Golden Goods has the best selection of all things Colorado! From souvenirs, nostalgic toys and old-fashioned candy, to a multitude of outdoor toys, science kits and river tubes for summer fun, we’re you’re local headquarters for those last-minute gifts. We are family owned and operated and offer gift certificates. Open 7 days a week!

1201 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 216-2123 goldengoodsinc.com

AVENUE GIFTS Visit this charming little shop that has something for everyone. Toys, gifts, cards, Colorado and Coors souvenirs and T-shirts, Coloradomade foods and much more. Enjoy browsing the fun selection of whimsical metal signs, Beanie Boo’s and Melissa & Doug toys.

1212 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 279-0200 avenuegiftsofgolden.com

Golden Goods Souvenirs, Toys & Candy

Best Variety of Colorado Souvenirs! CO Apparel • River Tubes • Old Fashion Candy Nostalgic Toys • Wooden Bears • Legos

1201 Washington Ave, Golden, CO GoldenGoodsInc.com 303-216-2123 Gift Certificates Available

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BOUTIQUE BRANDS AND LOCALLY MADE GOODS 801 14th St., Ste. B, Golden, CO TrulyBoHotique.com | (303) 278-7084

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Co‑Owner of Abejas Being a restaurant person, much of my day would be centered on food and beverage. I would start my day early at Café 13 for coffee and quick breakfast. Service is friendly, and Café 13 has a motto of “Golden’s Living Room,” which feels very true. Playing 18 holes at Fossil Trace Golf Club, situated on the south end of Golden, is an amazing way to spend the day. Views of the mesa

Fossil Trace Golf Club

and the scenery, especially on the back nine holes, are incredible. After embarrassing myself at golf, I would head back to downtown Golden for some tacos or a pupusa from El Callejon. Adri and Jorge, the proprietors of this restaurant, come from Cartagena in Columbia and brought an authentic, tasty little lunch spot to Golden. Golden has a thriving small brewery scene so there are a lot of fun choices. I’d probably go to Barrels & Bottles just to stay on foot. After an afternoon beer or two, I would stroll up Washington Avenue and browse a few of the outdoor lifestyle stores like Bent Gate and Icelantic Ski Store. I would finish ‘My Perfect Golden Day’ with dinner at Abejas. I am still in awe of the food our chefs, Nicholas Ames, Tommy Kummer and the crew, put out of a tiny kitchen. If I weren’t exhausted from this day, I’d very much consider a night cap at Golden Moon Speakeasy and take a Lyft home. 24


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Executive Director of Golden Civic Foundation My favorite way to start my day is to sneak out of my house early in the morning (before the kids or husband are awake) with my two dogs and run to the top of South Table Mountain. It feels like such a great accomplishment to stand on South Table, overlooking our beautiful city, and start a fresh new day in Golden. On the run home, I’d stop by Pangea Coffee Roasters for a large cup of their dark roast coffee. This is my favorite coffee place in town! For lunch, I would have a meeting with Jen and Bob Toohill at Bob’s Atomic Burgers. These folks are truly amazing for both running a successful small business and also for their involvement and investment in local nonprofits. After work, I’d take at least one of my kids to Peak Cycles to fix their bike (we bike everywhere in Golden), then to the Colorado School of Music for piano lessons. Next we’d go to Del’s Tonsorial Parlor and Barbershop for a haircut, then to buy a birthday present (since present wrapping is free!) at Avenue Gifts. If we have time, I’d get my jewelry fixed and cleaned at Creekside Jewelry and then buy a needed household item from Meyer Hardware. That evening we’d get a babysitter and my husband and I would have a Golden date night. Although there are so many great restaurants in Golden, I am excited to try Dean and Aimee Valdez’s new Italian restaurant Bella Colibri.

State Room at Buffalo Rose

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Miners Saloon

Finally, we would go to the Buffalo Rose’s recently renovated State Room that overlooks Washington Avenue for an evening cocktail. Luckily, we live in downtown Golden so we would enjoy a nice walk home through the Golden History Park and then along the Clear Creek path.

Jesse Crock

Golden Artist My perfect day would start out with a single-speed mountain bike ride up North Table Mountain, which allows me to take in the spectacular views as well as get in a good workout. Once home, I’d switch to my e-cargo bike and take my wife Lindsay out for a little brunch at either Sassafras American Eatery, where I enjoy the Fried Green Tomato Breakfast, or at the Golden Diner, which is home to amazing green chili. After brunch, we’d head home for some studio time. If time permits and a painting gets completed, I’d go to Mountain Toad Brewing to display the new work. I enjoy seeing many familiar faces and the excellent beer at the Toad as well. Lindsay and I would walk with our daughter, Juniper, along Clear Creek and stop at the Golden Public Library. We also enjoy getting together with friends at local spots such as Miners Saloon or Golden Moon Speakeasy. To finish my perfect day, I’d get pizza from the Rolling Dough Pizza food truck, which is a Golden-based food truck and a regular at several Golden breweries. Their Breakfast Pizza, which offers a freshly cracked sunny side up egg as one of the toppings, is delicious. After dinner, I’d unwind from the day with a little campfire in the backyard. •

Richard C. Myrup

Go where the locals go! Here are three people who have made a big impact on Golden. Read how they would spend their perfect day in Golden.

1122 Washington Ave Downtown Golden, CO 303.279.6390 OldCapitolGrill-Smokehouse.com

ALL-AMERICAN FARE, BISON BURGERS, SMOKED MEATS, SALADS The Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse offers up 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.

RUSTIC & COZY BAR, 24 TAPS, CRAFT COCKTAILS, AND PANINIS, SAUSAGES, SPICED BACON, & MORE …a gathering place for old friends and new

Miners Saloon is a modern day saloon reminiscent of Golden’s mining days in 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, CO 303.993.3850 www.Miners-Saloon.com

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, CO 720.289.4859 www.BellaColibri.com VISITGOLDEN.COM



Golden in …

A FULL DAY Begin your day at the Golden Diner, a favorite among locals. It’s an oldfashioned locally owned diner that serves breakfast and lunch in downtown Golden.


Check out a bike from the City of Golden Bike Library, located just behind the Golden Visitors & Information Center. Bike rentals are free for the first two hours, and give riders a chance to take in Golden’s natural beauty Golden Bike Library from the seat of a 2-wheeler. Afterwards, stop off at Barrels and Bottles for a quick wine slushy or craft beer and grab a bite at one of Golden’s many wonderful restaurants.

After breakfast, just a couple of blocks away, browse through all the information at the Golden Visitors & Information Center located on the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue. Pick up brochures and talk with the knowledgeable, friendly volunteers about all there is to do and see in the Golden area. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Clear Creek Trail to the Golden History Museum and Park, offering free admission in 2020. This is a wonderful place to learn all about the days gone by in Golden.

A HALF DAY Begin your day at Café 13! It’s a great place for breakfast and opens bright and early every day. The restaurant is located in what was once a stone armory built in 1913. Catty corner from Café 13 is Earth Sweet Botanicals, a delightful French-inspired boutique boasting unusual soaps, jewelry, scarves, and garden and household décor items. They also offer various cooking and beauty classes, which can be found on their website.

Next, take a walk around the beautiful Colorado School of Mines campus and visit the free Mines Museum. Take in more than 15,000 square feet of rocks, minerals, fossils and other fascinating Earth Science-related objects. Gaze at the sparkling Miss Colorado Crown containing over 600 gemstones and 21 diamonds. Finally, stop for lunch at The Buffalo Rose. Recently remodeled, the Rose is one of the oldest buildings in Colorado dating back to the 1800s. Their regionally inspired American cuisine offers a twist on the classics and shouldn’t be missed. 26


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Take home a great memory from Golden when you visit Mountain Lux Candle. Craft your own candle with a blend from over 80 scents. Colorado Railroad Museum Mountain Lux is here to ensure you love your candle made from natural soy wax with cotton wicks and pure fragrance oils that are long burning and unique to you! Plan on spending 30-40 minutes in the shop to create your candle before visiting other Golden shops and restaurants while your candle sets up (typically in 2 hours or less). Lanz Photography

Buffalo Rose

Schnepf’s Restaurant

When the weather is nice, visit Splash Aquatic Park, a 10-acre water park located adjacent to Fossil Trace Golf Club and Schnepf’s Restaurant. The Splash Aquatic Park has features and attractions for all ages. If water isn’t your thing, take a short drive to the Colorado Railroad Museum, less than five minutes away. Just east of Golden on 10th Street (which becomes 44th Avenue), the museum houses over 100 locomotives in its 15-acre rail yard. There is no shortage of things to see and experience for rail fans at The Colorado Railroad Museum. From featured exhibits to their large collection of rolling stock and Roundhouse restoration facility, you are sure to learn and be inspired by Colorado’s railroad history. For an evening of entertainment, see what’s playing at Miners Alley Playhouse, a professional, 130-seat theater offering great performances year round. •

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1310 Maple St.

19 Oh! Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor

710 10th St.

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Golden sits in an area of spectacular natural beauty, surrounded by rocky mesas and evergreen-covered mountains. The natural beauty is the perfect backdrop for the arts and culture atmosphere that the town has cultivated. On the Clear Creek Trail and up and down Washington Avenue, there are more than two dozen public art works, beautiful statues, and murals that capture the spirit of the West. You can pick up a free Golden Public Art Walking Tour brochure at the Golden Visitors & Information Center and take a delightful stroll past these wonderful art pieces. Along the way, you’ll also spot the new ‘Greetings from Golden’ mural on the back wall of the Golden History Museum. In addition to all of the public art, there are also several art festivals

that allow you to browse through art and meet local and renowned artists. (See pages 46-47 for dates and more information.)

Cabrini Stone House

If you’d prefer to see art indoors, the Foothills Art Center, located in historic downtown Golden, features rotating exhibitions and dynamic arts programming for learners of all ages. Wings of Eagles is a distinctive shop of Native American Art, authentic jewelry, paintings, hand-painted hides, herbs and teas, medicine bags, pottery and much more. Spirits in the Wind Gallery is a showcase for premier art of the New West and features work by national and local artists in a variety of mediums. For cultural experiences, Golden has several one-of-a-kind museums and attractions. The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is America’s first and only museum dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture, and the spirit of mountaineering. Jump a crevasse, hang out in

a port-a-ledge, and find your route up Mt. Everest as you learn about mountaineering’s exciting history. Moon rocks, gems of the Colorado Rockies, and crystals from all over the world are always on exhibit at the free Mines Museum. The museum hosts more than 15,000 square feet of rocks, minerals, fossils and other fascinating Earth Sciencerelated objects. The museum offers tours for those wanting to learn more about Earth Science. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum gives visitors the chance to 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 and is home to treasured family heirlooms, historically significant quilts and cutting-edge contemporary quilts. For live entertainment, Miners Alley Playhouse is an intimate, award-winning professional theater located in historic downtown Golden. Visit their website for a schedule of performances, concerts, classes, and workshops. The Mother Cabrini Shrine is a place dedicated to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and has many peaceful areas for visitors to enjoy and take time for personal reflection.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum



At Jefferson County’s original paleontology museum, the Morrison Natural History Museum, visitors will find expert guides and hands-on exhibits. Encounter historic and modern fossil finds and see research in progress in the fossil preparation laboratory. •

Mother Cabrini Shrine



Rent a Bike from the Bike Library: “Check-out” a bike for a limited time for local Golden Bike Library use! The program runs from May through October and provides adult and children’s bikes behind the Golden Visitors Center. The first two hours of your bike rental are free. Plod Along the Triceratops Trail: Triceratops Trail, a 1.5-mile gravel hiking trail, 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.

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Golden is a great place to give your wallet a break. We’ve got so many fun and FREE activities for interests of all kinds.

See Old World Grandeur at the Boettcher Mansion: In the heart of the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve, the Boettcher Mansion provides a rare combination of historic authenticity and modern convenience. Tour the mansion, and enjoy the historically accurate interior and Craftsman-style furnishings. •

Here are a few ways to spend your time without spending a dime: See a Moon Rock at the Mines Museum: Home to one of the state’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission, the museum offers an extraordinary collection of specimens. Don’t miss their simulated uranium mine and the gift shop. Go on a 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 the more than two dozen public art works, beautiful statues and murals that capture the spirit of the West. Learn about Golden’s Past on the Golden History Walking Tour: Created by the Golden History Museum, the free, downloadable tour directs you to 16 historic spots in Golden.

Mines Museum

MOTHER CABRINI SHRINE A Place of Prayer and Pilgrimage

20189 Cabrini Blvd. Golden, CO 80401 | 303.526.0758 Visit our website for mass times and events www.mothercabrinishrine.org VISITGOLDEN.COM



Our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and educate the public about quilts; to honor quiltmaking traditions and embrace the evolution of quilting. Explore the scope of quilting, from bedcoverings of the 1800s to contemporary art pieces. We host quarterly exhibits, tailored tours, and education programs.

200 Violet St., #140, Golden (303) 277-0377 rmqm.org

GOOSETOWN EVENT CENTER We are located in a beautifullyrenovated historic 1867 cabin with mountain views. It can accommodate 35 to 45 people and up to 100 more in our outdoor spaces. We maintain a list of off-site catering, including vendors and food trucks, and a commercial kitchen is available.

Golden is filled with year‑round events and activities celebrating the town’s history, arts, music, and love of outdoor recreation. Golden events celebrate community and provide families affordable fun. THE STREETS OF historic downtown Golden are lined with an assortment of one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, recreation outfitters, music clubs, fine dining restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cafés, and taverns making Golden one of the most fun and interesting towns on the Front Range with delicious food and drink and outstanding shopping.

For a truly Wild West adventure, stop by Oh! Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor—an old‑time photo studio in the heart of historic downtown Golden. Choose between Wild West, Steampunk, or Oh! Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor Victorian costumes and backgrounds for a truly unique photo. Bring the family, friends, and even the dog! Test your smarts at the Golden Puzzle Room’s escape rooms, where players solve a series of themed puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.

Golden Puzzle Room

514 9th St., Golden (720) 363-5626 visitgolden.com/listing/goosetownevents-center/8929

MORRISON NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Small Museum, Big Discoveries. Discover local dinosaurs! Explore the paleontological heritage of Jefferson County with hands-on exhibits explained by expert guides. Hourly tours. Dinosaur-themed gift shop with unique items.

501 CO-8, Morrison (303) 697-1873 mnhm.org/246/morrison-naturalhistory-museum



Keep an eye out for adventure—it’s around every corner in Golden.

Golden History Park

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Creating treasured memories in our historic Golden landmark. Golden History Museum

The Golden History Museum & Park is a great place to go to learn about the town’s historic past. At the history park, you can view the old cabins, feed the flock of heirloom chickens, and take a selfie in front of the one-room schoolhouse. For a glimpse into Golden’s past, visit the museum and try the interactive Touch Gallery. Admission is free throughout 2020. At the Colorado Railroad Museum’s 15-acre rail yard, guests will find over 100 engines, cabooses, coaches, a garden railway, and their renowned library. The 1880s-replica Depot Museum building houses thousands of rare artifacts and two changing gallery spaces featuring the colorful stories of the railroads serving Colorado for over 125 years. Located in the spectacular Clear Creek valley and surrounded by mesas and mountains, Golden is where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Because of its spectacular location, Golden has become one of the most popular outdoor recreation destinations in Colorado. Golden is a short distance to many hiking and biking trails, and a river runs right through downtown. If you aren’t sure which gear you’ll need for an outdoor adventure, stop by Mountain Side Gear Rental where you’re able to try out merchandise before you commit to purchasing it.

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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. RMQM hosts quarterly exhibits that feature both traditional and contemporary art quilts. Check the website for events & closures: www.rmqm.org

Immerse yourself in all the fun Golden has to offer at the many festivals and events happening throughout the year. Host your own at some of the many venues around town, including the Goosetown Events Center—a beautifully renovated historic 1867 cabin. Whether you are enjoying your favorite pastime, crossing a once-in-a-lifetime activity off the bucket list, seeking a new experience or leisure time with friends and family—Golden is your place to play! •

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TOURS DINOSAUR RIDGE Dinosaur Ridge is the No. 1 dinosaur track site in the United States. Visit us and jump on a guided bus tour or take a self-guided walking tour to explore the more than 300 dinosaur tracks that dot Dinosaur Ridge Trail.

16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison (303) 697-3466 dinoridge.org

OH! SUSANNA VINTAGE PHOTO PARLOR Oh! Susanna is an old-time photo studio complete with vintage costumes and realistic backdrops. You’ll leave with your 8 x10 photo which will be the best souvenir from your visit to Golden, Colorado!

Mines Museum Geology Trail

We love to learn in Golden, and we’ve got plenty of places for you to do it. LEARN ALL ABOUT Golden’s past on a self-guided history walking tour. Put together by the Golden History Museum, the free, downloadable tour directs you to more than a dozen historic spots in Golden as it winds one-and-a-half miles past beautiful homes, stone buildings, gardens, a re-created historic farm and school yard, and a historic chicken coop filled with heirloom chickens. To access the free tour, go to goldenhistory.org. You can print out your own copy of the various stops, or navigate using your smartphone and the customized Google map available online.

1209 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 216-0877 ohsusannavintagephoto.com


20189 Cabrini Blvd., Golden (303) 526-0758 mothercabrinishrine.org

Golden History Museum and Park



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Our mission at Mother Cabrini Shrine is to provide a unique and peaceful environment for visitors to experience God’s loving presence through quiet meditation and prayer. We host retreats, weddings, memorials, Quinceaneras and mass/intentions.

Vintage Photo Parlor

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(303) 216-0877 1209 Washington Ave. Golden ohsusannavintagephoto

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Golden History Tours offers guided history tours, brewery crawls, and cocktails and history hours. Hear intriguing tales about Golden’s storied history from a knowledgeable guide.

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Every October, Oh! Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor hosts a Golden City Historical Ghost Tour and Pub Crawl that lets you journey back to Golden’s Wild West with stories of shoot outs, secret liaisons and murder. Learn about historic and haunted downtown Golden while enjoying some of the best saloons in town. They also offer private tours for groups.

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Art lovers will enjoy the Public Art Walk, another free self-guided tour through Golden. Visit cityofgolden.net to download a Public Art Walk map for information about murals, statues, and other works around town. The Mines Museum offers two types of paid guided tours for groups of 30 people or less: the indoor Mines Museum tour and the Bob Weimer Geology Trail tour, an outdoor guided walking tour covering local geology. One of the most popular tours in town is the Coors Brewery Tour. On the Coors Brewery Tour get an up-close look at what goes on inside the brewery. The 30-minute tour highlights the malting, brewing, and packaging processes and ends with some samples of their great beer. Find details about the tour on page 36. VISITGOLDEN.COM


2020 COORS BREWERY TOUR GOLDEN RIVER SPORTS We are Golden’s original fly fishing and paddling shop located in historic downtown just blocks from Golden’s Clear Creek Whitewater “Playpark” Course and the “Golden Mile” fishing habitat. We have been locally owned and operated since 2004. Our staff are water enthusiasts and fly fishing specialists who work hard to help with all your equipment needs.

806 Washington Ave., Golden (303) 215-9386 goldenriversports.net

BRADFORD WASHBURN AMERICAN MOUNTAINEERING MUSEUM The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum seeks to preserve the history and spirit of mountaineering, to educate visitors on mountain culture and the sport of mountaineering, and to inspire in the modern climber a greater appreciation for climbing history.

710 10th St., Golden (303) 996-2755 mountaineeringmuseum.org

COORS BREWERY TOURS The Coors Brewery Tour gives you a look into our malting, brewing and packaging processes. After your tour, enjoy samples in our lounge and shop at the Coors & Co. gift shop for unique branded items and Colorado-themed merchandise.

13th St. & Ford St., Golden (866) 812-2337 millercoors.com/breweries/coorsbrewing-company/tours



Operation Dates 2020 Tour Hours: Thursday – Monday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2020 Coors & Co. Gift Shop Hours: Wednesday – Monday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: Noon-4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays Special 2020 Summer Hours (May 28 – September 2): Open 7 days a week Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: Noon-4 p.m. We suggest calling 1-800-6426116 or 303-277-BEER (2337) prior to your visit to confirm days/times of operation.

CLOSED on the following days: • Easter Sunday, 4/12 • Memorial Day, 5/25 and the Tuesday/Wednesday after Memorial Day (5/26 & 5/27) • Independence Day, 7/4 (Saturday) • Labor Day and Plant Shutdown 9/2 – 9/9 • Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, 11/26 & 11/27 • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 12/24 & 12/25 • Closed the Tuesdays and Wednesdays before and after Christmas • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, 12/31 & 1/1/2021

PLEASE NOTE: Backpacks or bags of any type (i.e. purses, diaper bags, briefcases, computer bags, etc.) are not permitted in the brewery or on the tour. Strollers are not permitted on the tour or in the brewery. These items should be left at home or in the car as the Coors Brewery Tour cannot check bags nor store strollers. Lockers are not provided. •

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Apex Park

9.5 miles of 1 to 4 trails hrs.


1500 ft.

West access at 116 Lookout Mountain Rd.; East access at 121 Heritage Rd.

Free off-street parking

Horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking

Active, rocky trail with some shade

Clear Creek Trail

1.6 miles 30 min. with longer to 1.5 options hrs.


50 ft.

Start at Golden Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Ave. or Vanover Park

Free parking

Walking, biking

Paved trail located on both sides of creek, in many places with benches and shade

Chimney Gulch Trail

2.5 miles

1 to 2 hrs.

Moderate to 2000 ft. advanced

U.S. Hwy. 6 eastbound at Clear Creek Trail intersection

Roadside parking

Hiking, mountain biking

Exposed trail with grass prairie, pine forest and stream crossings

Cressman Gulch Trails

.6 mile

30 min.


Ford St. and Mesa Dr.

Parking across the street at Norman D. Park

Hiking, biking

Urban paved trail

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.


Access via the south end of Peery Dr.

Free parking, but limited

Hiking, climbing

Exposed trail with grades exceeding 25%

Parking north of Golden on Hwy. 93 just north of Pine Ridge Rd.; parking near Peery Pkwy.; parking at Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex

Hiking, mountain biking, climbing and horseback riding

Sanctuary for abundant wildlife and excellent views of Golden Valley. Lichen Peak Trail leads to park’s highest peak.

Golden Cliffs Trail at North Table Mountain

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North Table Mountain Trails

15 miles of trails

30 min. to 2 hrs.

Easy to moderate

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Grant Terry Trail

.7 mile

30 min.


Access via the Clear Creek Trail west of Clear Creek RV Park

Free parking

Hiking, biking

Wide compact dirt trail

Kinney Run Trail

.75 mile

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.

Moderate to 50 ft. advanced

Access via the Apex parking lot off U.S. Hwy. 40

Free parking

Hiking, biking

Taxing trail with great views of Denver/South Platte Valley

Lubahn Trail

2.5 mile loop

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.


Access via Belvedere Dr. and Street parking 19th St.

Hiking, biking

Loop trail in the gulley below and south of Castle Rock on South Table Mountain


Access the trail via Iowa St. west of Hwy. 93, Washington St. near Quail Ct. or Rubey Street parking Dr. at Mitchell Elementary School

Hiking, biking

A group of trails connect Golden residential neighborhoods along Hwy. 93 to neighborhood schools, the Golden Community Center and the downtown area.

Hiking only

Provides access to Mount Galbraith Park and is rough, with many rock steps and ledges

400 ft.

Magpie Gulch Trail

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.

Nightbird Gulch Trail

1.8 miles

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.

Moderate to advanced

Neighborhood access to the trail is from Golden via Canyon Point Circle (close to Valley View Court, a cul‑de‑sac)

Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex Trail

1.3 miles

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.


Access east of Tony Grampsas Gym on Salvia St., Free parking on Easley Rd. or at W. 50th Ave. and Quaker Lane

Hiking, biking

Easy trail that follows the west side of the Park often following the church ditch shade

Tucker Gulch Trail

1.5 miles

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.

Easy to moderate

Access the trail via Vanover or Norman D. Park

Free parking

Hiking, mountain biking

Uphill paved trail starting at Vanover Park, Downtown Golden at Clear Creek Trail; travels up the Tucker Gulch drainage

6th Ave. Trail

2.5 miles

1 to 2 hrs.

Easy to moderate

19th St. and Hwy 6

No designated parking lot

Hiking, biking

A critical north-south regional trail along Hwy. 6 connecting to regional trail systems

Fairmount Trail

3 miles

1 to 2 hrs.


Access the south end of the trail at Tony Grampsas Park

Free Parking

Hiking, biking, horseback riding

Easy natural surface trail

South Table Mountain

4 miles

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.


Access the park at 1220 Kilmer St.

Street parking

Hiking, mountain biking

Open space property with prize habitat for cliff-nesting raptors and panoramic mesa‑top views

Triceratops Trail

1.5 miles

30 min. to 1.5 hrs.


Access the trailhead via the parking lot at 6th Ave. and 19th St.

Paid parking


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Table Mountain Inn welcomes guests with warm Western hospitality as they enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains and spacious accommodations in historic Golden, Colorado. The adobe-style boutique hotel with 74 Southwestern-style rooms offers the spirit of the west for the experienced traveler.

1310 Washington Ave, Golden (303) 277-9898 tablemountaininn.com

THE GOLDEN HOTEL The Golden Hotel, overlooking scenic Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills, is conveniently located in the heart of the historic downtown Golden. They proudly feature 62 guest rooms and suites, over 6,500 square feet of event space and an in-house restaurant—the Bridgewater Grill.

800 11th St., Golden (303) 279-0100 thegoldenhotel.com

The Golden Hotel

From boutique bed and breakfasts to nationwide hotel chains, Golden has lodging options to fit every need. LOOKING FOR SPECTACULAR views with the downtown convenience? The Golden Hotel overlooks Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills, with the Bridgewater Grill’s outdoor seating, the hotel’s full-service in-house restaurant, facing the creek. Pets are welcome at the hotel, and your furry friends can enjoy the convenience of the Clear Creek Trail, located directly outside of the hotel. It’s a great place for them to stretch their legs and play. Whether you’re looking for your ideal wedding location, a place to hold a business meeting, or to just enjoy a quick mountain getaway, the hotel staff’s personalized service will take you to a different place and time.

featuring fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and balconies with mountain views, the accommodations are designed to relax and renew your spirit. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, ski storage, wedding service, room service, a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, free parking, and a beautiful fireplace in the lobby.

Book your stay in the heart of downtown at The Golden Guest House! This family-friendly venue can host events For weddings, graduations or family up to 35 people and is an easy walk to reunions, the Golden Guest House welcomes you to stay in the heart of restaurants, cafés and brew pubs. From downtown Golden. The main floor a heated towel rack and a yard for kids sleeps six with two bedrooms and two to beautiful views and a stocked fridge, baths, or the entire house sleeps ten there’s plenty to love about this unique Table Mountain Inn has outstanding with four bedrooms and two baths. house. If you’re seeking a private setting views of the nearby mesas and foothills 1105, 909 11th St., Golden that features all the comforts of home and is minutes away from hiking, raft(847) 636-9764 with great proximity to everything ing, fishing, and more. From cozy rooms thegoldenguesthouse.com Golden and the surrounding area has to with private patios to luxurious suites offer, the Golden Guest House can check off all your boxes! GOLDEN RULE #16 Wherever you stay, there’s always a place to play.




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A Southwestern boutique hotel with an award-winning restaurant, 5,000 sq ft of meeting & event space, located in the heart of downtown Golden, steps from the Colorado School of Mines.

ASK FOR THE CSM VISITORS’ RATE FOR A DISCOUNT WHEN BOOKING Based on availability. Blackout dates may apply.


Dove Inn

Dove Inn is just steps from our historic downtown and is a Golden staple with a new look and an old soul. The beautifully renovated 10-room home, originally built in 1866, offers modern conveniences while maintaining its Victorian roots. They strive for a hands-off bed and breakfast model and source as much of their breakfasts locally as possible and have coffee from some of the best local roasters. The Silk Pincushion is a more traditional bed-and-breakfast, and you’ll enjoy waking up to a full homemade breakfast. They offer three beautiful Victorian-decorated guest rooms,

one modern decorated room, and a carriage house suite with kitchenette.

and spirits from the area in a fun atmosphere.

Pansy’s Parlor Bed & Breakfast, located in a 1879 Victorian house in the 12th Street Historic District, is Golden’s only Bed & Breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The proximity to the historic downtown and the Colorado School of Mines make it even more appealing.

If you want to bring your own camper and need a place to stay, the Clear Creek RV Park is a perfect solution. This small, friendly RV park is owned and operated by the City of Golden and offers a relaxed country-like setting within walking distance of historic downtown Golden. The RV park is open year-round.

The official hotel of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Origin Red Rocks is the place to stay for music lovers and experience junkies. If you get hungry during your stay, visit their in-house restaurant Nomad Taqueria and Beer Garden. They serve meals made with fresh ingredients, microbrews,

Origin Red Rocks

Golden also has familiar nationwide chains. Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Residence Inn, The Hampton Inn Denver-West/Golden, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites let you rack up hotel points while you adventure and explore Golden. For a stay without walls, camp at the nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park. They have electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds and picnic sites. Besides camping, overnight guests at Golden Gate Canyon State Park can also stay at one of the five cabins and two yurts. • VISITGOLDEN.COM




Where can I find Golden memorabilia? Many of the shops downtown have great Goldenspecific goods, including Avenue Gifts, Silver Horse, Golden Goods, and the Golden History Museum & Park. What is the population of Golden? About 20,000 What is the elevation of Golden? 5,675 feet Where can I park? See page 50 for a full list of places to park in Golden.



Where can we take a short, easy hike? Try the trail along Clear Creek! It’s paved, there aren’t a lot of changes in elevation, and you can stop by several Golden attractions while you walk. For a full list of trails in Golden, see page 38. Is smoking allowed? Downtown Golden is a smoke‑free zone. Smoking in other regions is only allowed in designated areas. How can we get around? If you do not have your own transportation, please consider the FlexRide Bus. Service is now offered every 15 minutes on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The City of Golden’s Bike Library, located to the west of the Visitors & Information Center, is open summer months and is free for the first two hours. Downtown Golden is walkable, but if you need to get to other regions, we recommend using a ride‑share service.

Can we go tubing? Yes, with a proper personal flotation device (life jacket) and tube. We also highly recommend using a helmet. Tubing is seasonal and the creek may be closed due to water levels. Are dogs allowed? Yes, but all dogs must be leashed. There are off-leash dog parks located at Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex and Ulysses Sports Complex if you want to let your furry friend run free. How do I find the Coors brewery tour? See page 36 for details about the Coors Tour. How can I talk to someone about Golden? The Golden Visitors & Information Center, located at 1010 Washington Avenue, is a great resource for the Golden area. Please stop in or call 303-279-2282.

Pansy’s Parlor Bed & Breakfast Award winning 1870’s Victorian located in Golden’s beautiful 12TH St. Historic District

• Only Golden lodging on the National Register of Historic Places • 1 block west of the main street • Walk to restaurants, shops, theater, Coors Brewery, Clear Creek and all the other downtown sites • Gracious accommodations and delicious meals at reasonable rates

906 12TH Street • Golden

(303) 278-6616


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Golden is the perfect family-friendly place to enjoy free activities and memorable experiences!

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—the beauty is that you can decide just how far you want to go. You’ll pass Golden History Park, a

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EXPLORE THE SCENIC trails, splash into water activities, spend leisurely time in the parks, and learn about everything from railroads to dinosaurs! Golden has authentic small‑town charm that will delight children of all ages. Here are a few places your little one will love:

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historic farm museum (stop and feed the chickens), as well as the Golden History Museum and Golden Library. There are lots of sculptures (some are climbable) and even a slide in Parfet Park that the kids can swoosh down. Colorado Railroad Museum: There are dozens of locomotives and cars to climb on and explore, and the basement of the museum is one of the largest

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model railroad displays in the state—an entire city of miniature trains with a circus, fire engines, mining camps, and hundreds of buildings and figures to explore. Don’t miss the Denver Garden Railway Society G-scale exhibit. It’s operated most Wednesday and Saturday mornings and is included with admission to the museum. Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve: The preserve has 1.4 miles of gentle trails that wind through ponderosa pine forests mixed with meadows of wildflowers. Exhibits in the center will tell you about the black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, elk, and mule deer that are often captured on the center’s cameras. Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave: Head up Lookout Mountain to give your little ones a taste of the Wild West with Colorado’s most famous Westerner, Buffalo Bill, at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave. Buffalo Bill was a showman with fancy hats and outfits. Your buckeroos can be, too!

One of the favorite activities is dressing up as cowboys and cowgirls with chaps, hats and ropes in the “selfie-station” made for memorable photos. It’s free to visit the grave and lookout points, but there is an admission charge for the museum. Mines Museum: With shiny gems that dazzle, fossils to educate, and even a moon rock to inspire, the free Geology Museum is a must-visit. Check out Miss Colorado’s jewelstudded crown and enter a uranium mine. And don’t forget to visit the gift shop, where you can literally take home a small piece of Mars. Golden Weekends: On Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer, most of the downtown shops stay open late and there are free horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, free parking, and more than a dozen pet-friendly outdoor cafés and patios. To find more family-friendly activities and destinations, go to VisitGolden.com.• VISITGOLDEN.COM


2020 Golden Events

Golden is bursting with unique experiences and activites to charm every age, interest and adventure level. Please contact the organizer to confirm event details.


1 1 – 18 - Western Week

Golden is your Wild West destination during the annual National Western Stock Show and Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Western-themed activities will be held throughout the town. visitgolden.com

17 – 20 - Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Easter Egg Hunt



Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

Celebrate Golden’s dining scene and magnificent holiday light display during this annual 10-day event. Stroll through downtown or stop in to one of Golden’s distilleries to try a fancy cocktail or special before enjoying a meal at one of Golden’s fabulous restaurants. visitgolden.com

24 – 26 - 6th Annual UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival

20 – 23 - Colorado Environmental Film Festival

A weekend that captures the true spirit and lifestyle of the Cowboy heritage through poetry, song, and storytelling. coloradocowboygathering.com

24 – March 1 - “Frankie & Johnny”

The UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival is a winter signature event in Golden. Festival-goers dress in Viking regalia and celebrate community, live music, performing arts and craft beer. ullrgrass.com/beer-festival

1 – 9 - Golden Restaurant Week

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an inspiring and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. ceff.net

20 – April 26 - “Moon over Buffalo”


2 – 26 - “Moon over Buffalo”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

6 - A Taste of Golden

A Taste of Golden features a wide variety of Golden’s fine dining restaurants, eateries and sweetshops; along with local breweries and distilleries. Sample some of the best which Golden has to offer. goldenchamber.org

1 1 - Easter Egg Hunt

On the morning of the hunt, eggs are spread throughout Parfet Park (located at 10th St. & Washington Ave.) with areas for different age groups. Once the bell sounds, kids clean the park in 30 seconds or less, so don’t be late!

1 1 - Bunny Express Train

Hop on the Bunny Express Train, featuring a 1880s vintage passenger coach, and experience what it was like to travel 100 years ago. coloradorailroadmuseum.org

17 – 19 - Colorado School of Mines E-Days

Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting Golden Chamber of Commerce



Since 1934, Mines students have put the stress of studying aside each spring to celebrate Engineering Days (E-Days), uniting the local Mines community in honor of our unique history, traditions, and unflappable Oredigger spirit. mines.edu


15 – June 21 “Hope and Gravity”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturdayat 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com


4 – 21 - “Hope and Gravity”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

Golden Farmers Market

Starting the first Saturday in June (except July 25) and ending the first Saturday in October, visit the Golden Farmers Market held in the lot next to the Golden Public Library. goldenchamber.org

28 - Grand Fondo

Starting in historic Golden, Colorado, this event features long Rocky Mountain climbs and descents, a range of elevations, and a great downtown park atmosphere for the finish line party. granfondonationalseries.com/ gran-fondo-golden


4 - Lions Club 4th of July Celebration

The celebration includes free rides for kids, face painting, and live music throughout the day. Fireworks start after dusk, conditions permitting. Fireworks updates can be found @CityofGolden or follow the City on Twitter@CityofGolden.


ARTSWEEK GOLDEN is a week-long celebration of the arts orchestrated by Foothills Art Center in partnership with arts-oriented organizations. foothillsartcenter.org

10 – Aug. 16 - “The Crucible”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

23 – 26 Buffalo Bill Days

Take a step back in the past and experience the Wild West firsthand at Golden’s very own Buffalo Bill Days! Activities include the “Best of the West” theme parade, show, live music, food and merchandise vendors and more. buffalobilldays.com


7, 14, 21, 28 - Movies & Music in the Park

This free series shows at Parfet Park located at 10th St. and Washington Ave. It features music and a familyfriendly movie each Friday night. Bands begin performing at 7:00 p.m. and the movie of the night begins at dusk. cityofgolden.net

Buffalo Bill Days

15 – 16 - 30th Annual Golden Fine Arts Festival Golden Fine Arts Festival is a prestigious juried art show located in the heart of historic downtown Golden, Colorado. Produced by the Golden Chamber of Commerce. goldenchamber.org


4 – Oct. 11 - “Once On This Island”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

12 - Toby’s Pet Parade

Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair is a benefit pet costume parade and fair, held in downtown Golden. Hundreds of pups in costume parade down Washington Avenue, followed by a family-friendly fair in Parfet Park. tobyspetparade.org

10 - Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting

This annual event each fall offers beer and chili tasting, along with live entertainment, food vendors, corporate exhibitors and silent auction. goldenchamber.org


28 - Small Business Saturday

Kick-off the holiday season in Golden on Small Business Saturday! Shop and dine in Golden to support our local small businesses. Welcome Station at Golden Visitors Center. visitgolden.com

27 – Dec. 23 - “A Christmas Carol”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

23 – Dec. 31 - Olde Golden Christmas

Golden’s charming downtown is lined with mostly locally owned stores offering everything from technical outdoor gear to fine art. Support local businesses by shopping during this annual community sidewalk sale. visitgolden.com

During the holiday season, Golden takes a step back to a simpler time. Historic downtown Golden is the festive location for Olde Golden Christmas, a city-wide celebration that includes a candlelight walk, holiday art market, live theater, and a dazzling light display along Clear Creek, Santa encounters, shopping, dining, and so much more.

20 - Golden Gallup


19 - Golden Sidewalk Sale

Starting again beneath the City’s famous ‘Welcome’ arch, right in the center of historic downtown Golden, and finishing in Parfet Park beside gushing Clear Creek, the Golden Gallop will lead its runners on 5k and 10k loops. goldengallop.com


3 – 11 “Once On This Island”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com

1 – 31 - Olde Golden Christmas

For the holiday season, Golden takes a step back to a simpler time. Olde Golden Christmas is a city-wide celebration that includes a candlelight walk, holiday art market, live theater, dazzling light display along Clear Creek, Santa encounters, shopping, dining, and so much more.

5 – 23 - “A Christmas Carol”

Miners Alley Playhouse Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. minersalley.com VISITGOLDEN.COM


Golden Welcome Arch

Buffalo Bill Museum

ONLY IN GOLDEN GOLDEN WAS FOUNDED in 1859 at the height of the Colorado Gold Rush. Since it was directly on the trail that prospectors took to the goldfields, one would assume the town was named after “gold.” But Golden was actually named after Thomas L. Golden who, by an amazing coincidence, was one of the first prospectors in the area. Here are some other things that are only found in Golden: From 1861 to 1867, when Colorado Territory was the Wild West, Golden served as the first territorial capital. The large brick building the politicians used for their meetings as the first “state capitol” was a saloon. And it still is—the Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse, which is today a wonderful, historic restaurant on Washington Avenue. 68 million years ago, Golden was a marsh at the edge of a great inland sea and many dinosaurs got stuck in the mud and later became fossilized. Today, you can take the Triceratops Trail, a 1.5-mile gravel path that winds through vertical walls of sandstone lined with traces and tracks of dinosaurs, birds, mammals, and insects from 68 million years ago. For more than 40 years, the Buffalo Bill Days festival has honored the legacy of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody with a pancake breakfast, a lively parade and a downtown Wild West show. You can visit the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave in Golden as well. If his grave appears to be fortified and buried in concrete, that’s because it is. Some 48


people from Wyoming resented that Buffalo Bill was buried in Golden and they threatened to “take him back.” The Colorado National Guard was called out and a tank was parked on the grave. Eventually the grave was dug up and buried under tons of reinforced concrete. In 1872, Adolph Herman Joseph Coors was walking near Clear Creek and discovered cool springs of crystal water. He opened a brewery, and today the Coors Brewery is the largest single-site brewery in the world. Jolly Rancher candies were first created in 1949 by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen. They called their shop the Jolly Rancher to suggest a hospitable, western place. Originally, Jolly Rancher was an old-fashioned candy store located on Washington Avenue, producing ice cream, chocolate, and their famous hard candy. Of course, the quirkiest icon of Golden is the 58-foot long Welcome Arch that has been saying “Howdy Folks!” since 1949. There used to be hundreds of these arches all over the West, but Golden’s is one of the last to survive. Karen Hertz, a craft beer enthusiast, survived melanoma and thyroid cancer in her early 30s, leading to a treatment plan that included a glutenfree diet. A beer lover, she had the idea of creating a company dedicated to creating excellent tasting glutenfree beer. In 2015, Holidaily Brewing Company, Colorado’s only commercial scale dedicated gluten-free brewing facility opened in Golden.

Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

You can see the actual clothes worn by the first Americans to summit Mount Everest in Golden’s Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. The climber’s mountain gear was made by a then little-known designer named Eddie Bauer. Among the treasures in this museum, the only one of its kind in America, is an ice axe that climber Pete Schoening used on K2 to singlehandedly save six teammates from falling to their deaths. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the only federal laboratory dedicated to research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and it’s located in Golden. Take a tour, and discover what’s new in the renewable energy research world. And as you leave Golden in the evening, take one last look up at Mount Zion behind town to appreciate one of the country’s oldest mountain monograms. Every evening, the stone monument of the Colorado School of Mines (a giant white “M”) is illuminated. The monogram is made up of thousands of white painted rocks. •

Museums and Cultural Attractions with YEAR‑ROUND EXHIBITS

Dinosaur Ridge dinoridge.org (303) 697-3466

Foothills Art Center foothillsartcenter.org (303) 279-3922

Golden History Museum & Park goldenhistory.org (303) 278-3557

Jefferson County Symphony Orchestra Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Boettcher Mansion

Colorado Mountain Club

Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

Colorado Railroad Museum

jeffco.us/771/Boettcher-Mansion (720) 497-7630

mountaineeringmuseum.org (303) 996-2755

Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave buffalobill.org (303) 526-0744

cmc.org (303) 279-3080 or (800) 633-4417

coloradorailroadmuseum.org (303) 279-4591 or (800) 365-6263

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum mines.edu/geology-museum (303) 273-3815

jeffsymphony.org (303) 278-4237

Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve jeffco.us/1281/Lookout-MountainPreserve-and-Nature-Cen (720) 497-7600

Miners Alley Playhouse minersalley.com (303) 935-3044

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum rmqm.org (303) 277-0377



We’re glad you have come to visit us in Downtown Golden! If you are shopping, dining, or just enjoying a stroll downtown, we have plenty of parking available.

PARKING IN GOLDEN Parking is free for the first two hours in our downtown parking lots and garages after registering your license plates at the pay station or by using the Parkmobile app. Always register your vehicle, even if you are staying for less than two hours. Our parking garages are located on Jackson Street between 11th and 13th Streets. Street, city parking lot, and garage parking are free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. There is a paid Golden Trailhead Parking lot located at 911 & 917 12th Street. Paid parking is also available at the Colorado School of Mines. Visitors to campus during operational hours should park in the General and Commuter lots. All visitor parking areas have a pay and display parking meter. ELECTRIC VEHICLE PARKING is available at the following locations: • 1000 10th St. – City Hall Annex

FREE TWO HOUR PARKING: 7 A.M. – 5 P.M. • Parking in the orange zones indicated on the map is available only for 2 hours. • You may not park longer than 2 hours in these areas. • After 5 p.m. you can park here for free and for the evening.

• 820 12th St. – Astor House parking lot

• Two-hour parking is in effect in these areas 7 days a week.

• 1250 Jackson St. – public parking garage

• You don’t need to register your vehicle at a pay station.

• 702 12th St. – public parking garage • 1450 Jackson St. – Dr. Courtad’s public charging If you are coming for a special event, or find yourself parking outside the downtown area, please be aware that the surrounding neighborhoods have resident permit parking. Read signs and choose your parking spot carefully. TIP: The parking garages on Jackson Street typically have plenty of open parking spots and are only one block east of Washington Avenue. Head there if you don’t see any available street parking.

PARKING 2+ HOURS • If you plan to stay longer than two hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., there are convenient parking garages and parking lots close to downtown indicated in blue on the map. • The first two hours are free, each additional hour is $2 to a maximum of $8 per day. • After 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays*, you can park here for free. • You must register your vehicle at the pay station, even if you are planning to stay less than two hours. 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. 50


• ‘X’ indicates the location of parking pay stations. * Holidays when parking is free in the blue zone include: New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.




All Day, Every Day in the Heart of Downtown Golden

701 12th St. (303) 856-7225


The Great Rendezvous of the West

Experience western hospitality and an unparalleled commitment to excellence. Located in historic downtown Golden overlooking scenic Clear Creek and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

· 62 guest rooms and suites · Over 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space · In-house award-winning restaurant the Bridgewater Grill, offering awe-inspiring views from Creekside patio · Idyllic wedding reception and ceremony site · Complimentary parking The Golden Hotel - Upscale Yet Down to Earth

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