This was one of the original scenic drives, dating to the early 1900s. It was created by the city of Denver to connect the city with near by mountain parks. It's still very popular today. The route passes the top of Lookout Mountain, Buffalo Bill's Grave, Evergreen Lake, Hiwan Homestead, through the city of Morrison, Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Dinosaur Ridge. It's a 40 mile loop. Allow at least 2 hours, but it's a full day if you make some stops. There's lots to do along the way.
Located in the foothills, Golden is the ultimate Colorado small town. I love it. Lots of cute stores and restaurants. It's only 30 minutes from downtown Denver and Boulder but it feels worlds away. You don't need to spend all day here...a few hours would be fine. But it is a good place to stay if you want to be centrally located to Denver, Boulder and the mountains.
The old capital of the Colorado Territory .
"Lucky timing for this Denverite"
It was a day off and I decided to go for a drive to the nearby town of Golden. It's a town with history and I had been through here many times on the way to Rollinsville to do my gold panning. This time, I decided that Golden would be my destination and I would stop here to visit. Little did I know until I arrived here and saw that streets were blocked off that I had come on the last day of Buffalo Bill Days - a celebration with rides for the kids, classic and antique cars all over, and of course - corn on the cob and other fun foods from the booths.
"Visiting Denver's old political archrival"
Just several years after Denver had been founded W.A.H Loveland arrived to set up Golden City in June of 1859. Suddenly Denver's position as the supply point for the gold rush happening just to the west in the Rockies was challenged. Golden City is about 15 miles to the west of Denver, where Clear Creek spills out from the Front Range. Golden City blossomed as the thousands of miners came to the new "city," to purchase mining supplies, food, housing supplies, or perehaps to spend money on a beer or two. In 1862 the Colorado territorial legislature returned to convene in Denver after a short stint in Colorado City. Golden City then bribed the legislature with an offer of use of a building and free firewood, and the legislature accepted. For five years following both Golden City and Denver claimed to be the Territorial Capital of Colorado.
Impress your beer drinking buddies! Even though steeped in a history tied to Gold this city is not named for the preciuos metal. Golden City was actually named for Thomas Golden - who camped near Clear Creek in 1858.
110 Steps to Christ (The Cabrini Walk)
"Way of the Cross"
The first half of the walk/climb, it the Way of the Cross. It is highlighted through mosaics mounted on crosses. At each stop, there are benches to rest and comtemplate the priced paid for our sins.
"The life of Jesus"
About half way, the Way of the Cross ends. Here begins the story of Jesus Christ from birth to death.
"The top is Crowned by a statue of Jesus"
At the top is a patio surrounding the statue of Jesus. Rock cairns punctuate the fence, each baring one of the Ten Commandments. As Moses climbed Mount Sinai, we climb this mountain and come to gods words.
'You shall have no other God.'
"Return to the world"
You'll find that you've climbed a long way, yet if you've stopped, prayed or just admired the view, you'll not be tired at the top. Don't rush, it's over 6,000 ft (2,000 m) here. It's a place to take your time and remember.