The Wild West is still alive in Golden, Colorado's territorial capital until 1867. Upon arriving in Golden, you are welcomed with an old-fashioned wooden arch over Washington Street reading: "Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden!" Today, it's home to six museums; Coors Brewery, one of the largest brewing facilities in the world; and a downtown filled with shops and restaurants.
The famed Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is just up the road. Golden is also home to unique museums and cultural attractions.
If you're looking for outdoor adventure, Golden is also home to miles of hiking trails for all levels, some stellar rock climbing and Clear Creek, which runs through the center of town and offers whitewater rafting and excellent fishing. With its secluded, small-town feel and plenty to see and do, Golden is a great day trip option from Denver.
See the neighborhood map below to start exploring.
Spend the day exploring Golden's fantastic museums, including the Colorado Railroad Museum, the Golden History Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum or the American Mountaineering Museum. Or take a short jaunt up Lookout Mountain to visit the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave and snap a stunning panorama of the Front Range.
Grab a brew and some food truck grub at one of Golden's six craft breweries - including Golden City Brewery, Mountain Toad Brewing, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., New Terrain Brewing Co., Bottles and Barrels Brewery and the gluten-free brewery Holidaily.
Take a self-guided audio tour (and sip some generous samples) at the brewery, which churns out more than 13 million barrels of beer a year!
This outdoor music venue is on everyone's bucket list! Make the short drive from downtown Denver or take a shuttle to catch an unforgettable concert under the stars. And during the day, Red Rocks is a free Denver park with hiking trails amidst the ancient giant boulders. During the summer months, the venue also hosts non-musical events ranging from yoga and fitness classes to movies shown on the giant outdoor screen at dusk.
Drive the national scenic byway, with an authentic Western experience, located between Golden, Morrison and Evergreen.
Foothills Art Center
Visit this museum housed in an 1876 Gothic-style church and an 1860 Queen Anne-style mansion, and see exhibits of Colorado artists as well as traveling shows.
Miners Alley Playhouse
Enjoy community theater at this creative space which has been a local favorite since 1989.
Golden is home to the Colorado School of Mines, one of the nation's top universities for engineering. Incoming freshmen whitewash the school's signature letter "M" on Mt. Zion at the beginning of each school year.
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
This event happens each February in Golden and includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF screens features, shorts and films by foreign and local filmmakers.
Weekly market featuring fresh produce and bakery items.
Buffalo Bill Days
An old-time Western festival in July with a parade, stagecoach rides and pancake breakfast.
Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting
Occurs every October and features more than 50 competing chili recipes to sample and upwards of 90 beers to wash them down.
A favorite Golden tradition and wonderful way to celebrate the true spirit of the season. Thousands walk down Golden’s main street, candle in hand, singing carols. As the procession moves down each block of Washington Avenue, holiday lights are illuminated. After the walk, Golden offers a number of free and festive activities from roasted chestnuts at the Golden History Park, as well as hot cider and Santa the Visitors Center.