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Fun Itineraries for Group Meetings in Golden

Golden’s Old West history, thriving arts scene and spectacular Foothills location offer some fun and exciting itineraries before, during and after your meeting. 

Pre-Breakfast Itineraries:

  • Meet on the banks of Clear Creek for an early morning run or brisk walk on the Peaks to Plains Trail which stretches 1.75 miles from downtown Golden up into a scenic canyon. 
  • Drive four miles to the summit of Lookout Mountain to see the sunrise from Buffalo Bill’s Grave.
  • Stage your own “Yoga on the Rocks” or run the stairs at the nearby, world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
  • Take a hike on the easy trails at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, where you’ll probably spot deer and elk having their breakfast.
  • Cater a breakfast at one of Golden’s rooftop cafes and bars, where you can watch the morning sun illuminate the scenic western buttes around town, including North and South Table Mountains.
  • Schedule a morning photography session at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where trails loop between the scenic rock formations and the early morning light turns the sandstone into a spectrum of brilliant reds.

Group Dining

For those looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy dining options with a large group, Golden is a great area to do so.

Lunch Breaks:

  • Provide meeting delegates with vouchers and let them choose from the more than 24 restaurants within walking distance in downtown historic Golden. Options include Cajun, pizza, burgers, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Japanese and so much more. 
  • Have a picnic in one of the parks along Clear Creek. D’Deli might be the place to cater it; they have both smoked elk and sliced buffalo sandwiches or order a gorgeous charcuterie board from The Cheese Ranch.
  • Take a fly-fishing lesson along Clear Creek then visit one of Golden’s restaurants for some Rocky Mountain Trout
  • Take an historic walking tour of Golden and then have lunch in the building that once served as the first capital of Colorado Territory. It was a saloon back then…and it still is.
  • Visit the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum (the only one of its kind with a huge model showing the different routes up Mount Everest) and then dine at the Sherpa House, decorated with photos of the world’s highest mountain. Order a Sherpa beer made at the only brewery in Nepal, a sister brewery to Golden City Brewery, located just around the block. 

Mid-Afternoon Breaks & Team Building Activities:

  • Tour of Coors Brewery, the largest single-site brewery in the Western Hemisphere and sample the favorite beer of Yellowstone Ranch.
  • Mountain bike upper Clear Creek Canyon at Maven Gulch. Electric bikes make riding easy for everyone.
  • Drive 24 miles to nearby Idaho Springs, the “adrenalin capital of the Front Range,” where you can zipline, white-water raft, pan for gold or ride horses. 
  • Check out the Colorado Railroad Museum and ride a Galloping Goose – a funny contraption made from a limousine and a bus that traveled on Colorado's rails.
  • Learn to rock climb with Golden Mountain Guides at North Table Mountain or along gorgeous Clear Creek Canyon. 
  • Go back in time 70 million years to Dinosaur Ridge where you can touch dinosaur tracks and learn how the first T-Rex bones were found in Golden.
  • How about tandem-hang gliding? Golden is the center for hang gliding on the Front Range, and you can sail tandem with experienced hang gliders high above Golden.


Located in the spectacular Clear Creek valley and surrounded by mesas and mountains, Golden offers all forms of outdoor activities. It’s also a great place to “gear up” with a wide variety of outdoor recreation shops and outfitters.

Happy Hour Itineraries:

  • View art and sample spirits! Golden is filled with murals and sculptures and a walking tour of the downtown art can end with a tasting of product from Golden’s distilleries or breweries
  • Go for a Golden pub crawl? Visit beer gardens, tap houses, wine bars and even saloons. Golden brews more beer than any other town in America, so why not end the day with a brew and a view?
  • Head to Red Rocks to see the alpine glow at twilight with the last rays of sunset shining on the rocks. Or climb up 2,000 feet to Lookout Mountain and watch the sun below a line of snow-covered peaks.
  • Shop downtown Golden with its art galleries, Native American shops, boutiques and recreation outfitters.
  • Book a relaxing spa treatment at the Woodhouse Day Spa.

Evening Entertainment:

  • Golden’s downtown Buffalo Rose can seat 250 sitting or 650 standing and has a variety of concerts of national and local groups. 
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre offers more than 170 annual events including concerts, films and yoga. Any meeting that ends at Red Rocks will be the most memorable in your group’s history!
  • Casino Night! Golden is only 20 miles from Black Hawk, which has 18 casinos that are open 24 hours a day with 6,303 slot machines, and 202 gaming tables of Black Jack, poker and roulette.  Incredibly, the town of Black Hawk has a population of just 127 people. 
  • Golden's newly renovated performing arts center has room for private events and offers a delightful schedule of live theater, comedy nights and open mic events. 

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