Bring a small backpack for all the walking you will want to do. Golden can get hot in the summer but if you visit the mountains you will need a light jacket or sweater for the evening. Golden is a very outdoor oriented city and quite casual. Shades and sunscreen. The humidity is low and the elevation is high. Drinking lots and lots of water will make you feel much better on your trip.
Buffalo Bill's Gravesite
If you like the OLD WEST , like I do then there is a very interesting grave in the golden area..
Colonel William Cody also known as Buffalo Bill was a scout, hunter, and rider for the Pony Express ...
In addition to the gravesite, there is a visitors center and an observation deck with beautiful panoramic views of Golden and Denver.
Its open May 1st to October 31st (from 9:30AM to 5:00PM all week),
November 1st and April 30th (from 9AM to 4PM.
(closed on Mondays and Christmas)
More than Coors
I wish I had more to write about Golden 'cause it's a really good-looking town but we were only there long enough to check into a hotel, take a short walkabout and find a beer. We didn't take the Coors Brewery Tour, didn't see any of the museums and didn't even actually eat in a restaurant. What we did do was find a very nice hotel and maybe the best bar this side of the Rockies. I mean, isn't it more fun to DRINK beer than look at the factory it's made at? Priorities, priorities...
Golden is only about 12 miles from downtown Denver but feels like the old, wide-open West. It's just big enough, with a population of about 18,000, and a destination for outdoor adventurers (rock climbing, kayaking, biking, rafting, etc.). In fact, they have one of the few, man-made whitewater courses in the country - Clear Creek Whitewater Park.
There are just enough restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, services and activities in the area to keep travelers busy and happy and what they don't have it, you won't miss. I'll take this casual, laid-back little community over big 'ol Denver any day - we'll be back!
Well, there it is in the valley below-as seen from lookout point. This time I was able to stop and take the free tour. We were enlightened by the fact that Coors came out with the first aluminum beverage can. It was similar to the Heineken tour I took in Amsterdam. There was free Coors beer as well as samples of Zima and other Coors procucts (Perhaps take a walking tour of Golden after this if your driving).
"City Of Golden In The Valley"
Here is the rest of Golden in the Valley. It is a nice mountain town. It is home to the prestigious Colorado School Of Mines.
"Lookout Mountain Nature Center"
This is nice little tourist center. One of the few buildings at the point.