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Plan Your Visit to Golden, CO

Located in an area of spectacular natural beauty, Golden is where the mountains meet the plains. The area offers outstanding outdoor recreation with biking, hiking and kayaking all available right in town. Golden also offers a wonderful, small mountain town atmosphere with creekside restaurants, outdoor cafes, fine dining, art galleries, outdoor recreation shops, one-of-a-kind boutiques, quaint historic homes, and a variety of museums. 

And then there is the beer.  Golden is home to the world’s largest single-site brewery, as well as to a half dozen craft breweries and distilleries.


Here are a series of possible itineraries in Colorado’s first capital city.

  • Enjoy the Arts in Golden at galleries, museums and nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
  • Walk or bike ride Golden’s Famous Beer Trail, from Coors to award-winning craft breweries.
  • Re-live the Old West in Golden with Buffalo Bill, railroaders and mountaineers at the town’s museums.
  • Go shopping in Golden under the famous arch at one-of-a-kind boutiques.
  • Dine in Golden from the tastiest deli sandwiches and pizza, to gourmet meals in gorgeous locations.
  • Hike the hills around Golden including North and South Table Mountain, Lookout Mountain and Mount Zion.

Golden is accessible by light rail from downtown Denver’s Union Station.  Trains run as often as every 15 minutes to the Jefferson County Government Center. Complete your trip from the Government Center to downtown Golden using the Ore Cart Transit Service, a car service or walking or biking on the paved, scenic 3-mile trail. 

Golden is also just a few minutes drive from I-70 and is located directly on U.S. Hwy 6. Located just 12 miles west of Denver, Golden is a short, pretty drive from nearby major attractions including Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Buffalo Bill’s Grave, the Colorado Railroad Museum, and the casino gambling in Black Hawk and Central City.

You can also get around downtown Golden using the Ore Cart Free Transit Service

Golden has never forgotten its Western roots and history.  Spanning main street is Golden’s famous 58-foot long Welcome Arch, which has been saying “Howdy Folks!” to visitors since 1949.   Golden was Colorado’s first capital city and today is filled with historic buildings, museums and events that bring the colorful era of the Old West back to life.

Here are some itineraries:

Golden loves families and is filled with activities for kids.

Golden is the closest “mountain town” to Denver, and as such it has developed into an outdoor recreation paradise with all Colorado forms of recreation available nearby.  Here are some suggested itineraries.

  • Pedal up Lookout Mountain, perhaps the most iconic bicycle hill climb in the state, featured twice in the USA Pro Challenge with the world’s top cyclists.
  • Hike or bike the five mile trail that circles North Table Mountain, and stop at New Terrain Brewing Co. (located right off the trail) for a victory beer.
  • Kayak or raft down Clear Creek through a series of a dozen man-made water chutes.
  • Horseback ride through stands of aspens at nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
  • Rock climb in Clear Creek Canyon, one of the best rock climbing centers on the Front Range.

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Founded in 1859, Golden is an idyllic former gold rush town nestled between North and South Table…