One the best railroad museums in the USA and getting better all the time. This is THE place for people interested in Colorado's unique narrow gauge railways. The annual Thomas events for the little kids are a huge hit, and steam up days, several times a year, are the optimal times for older kids and adults. But currently something is running about every Saturday -- usually a unique "Galloping goose". The library is a major research facility for the serious railroad historian. See my full story, Is this any way to run a railroad museum?
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.
The museum has a wide range of equipment. Many of which you can climb in. There is a caboose, several steam engines and historic passenger cars. There are two miniature railroads. A garden size railroad (G scale) is out in the yard. The basement of the museum houses an H0 Scale railroad. If the model railroaders are around, the engines will be running.
It's called Lion's Park, but I think of it as 'down along the river'. It is a tree lined walk. Birds and the rushing of water predominates. You can walk a block or a mile. It's a nice way to spend a hot afternoon. There is a community 'Peace Pole' on the north side of the river and the Golden Heritage Park/homestead on the southside.
In Golden Colorado is the famous "Coors" brewery. Indeed, it is very worth your time to visit and have a glass or more after the interesting free tour. Many years ago sometime in the 1800's they explained to us in the tour that a German who immigrated in America by the first name of Adolp and a certain Jacob Schueler were in serious search for the best tasting water in America and they claimed that these small city Golden in Colorado has the purists and the sweetest, cleanest water in America. These two Germans were quite a very successful Denver businessman. From what the guide explained to us, that in about 2003, the company, Coors happens to be the 3rd largest producer of beer in America but the second largest brewer in U.K.
Because in U.K. they do control thebrewer then the most popular brew according to our tour guide the most popular in U.K. is Carling by which the brand had merge (many years ago with the company called Molson sometime in thelate 1900's.
Beyond a doubt, the most spectacular place anywhere near Golden is Mt Evans. Standing 14,240 feet high, it offers a magnificent view of the Rockies, Denver, and everywhere else around it. The road to the summit is the highest paved road in the world. From there, one can hike the last 130 feet to the very top (harder than it sounds, at that altitude).
The road is narrow, winding, and very scenic. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and other wildlife. And please take your time; most parts have no guardrail and the drop can be scary. Those who are afraid of heights should skip this one.
Golden began here along this fast-running mountain stream. It continues to be a favorite place for hiking, tubing, white-water rafting, and other recreation. The bridge over the creek was rebuilt following a tragic accident over a century ago. The old bridge collapsed due to overloading; to this day a plaque on the bridge limits how many people and vehicles can occupy it at one time.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) was a hunter and scout in the Old West. He became one of those legendary, larger-than-life figures. His celebrated Wild West Show toured all over the country and Europe; it's one of those things that I always wished I could have seen.
Cody's last request was to be buried here, on Lookout Mountain. This museum was built shortly after his death, paying homage to one of America's most colorful characters.
As you enter the Rockies, coming from the east, this is one of the first real scenic places to you'll find. The view of Denver and surrounding country is breath-taking. The best place to start is the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve. It's a valuable resource for newcomers, where one can pick up trail maps and brochures. Learn about what this area has to offer.
Check out the nearby Boettcher Mansion. Denver businessman Charles Boettcher built it in 1917. He entertained prominent visitors here for many years. It's a fine example of the Arts and Crafts style. It's still available for special events (such as outdoor weddings). Phone is (505) 526-0855, on the web at http://mansion.co.jefferson.co.us.
I don't know much about kayaking, but Golden has a famous whitewater park. Clear Creek Whitewater Park is located in downtown of Golden. The whitewater park is a popular place to get wet riverboarding, kayaking, tubing, or wading in Summer. Peak flows occur early in Summer (late May - early June) with 1,000+ cfs and Class II+ rapids. July and August are better months to tube and wade as the flows are much lower (200+ cfs) and water temps higher (60 degrees if you're lucky). Clear Creek whitewater park extends from the start of the foot path (approx 1/2 mile west of the campground) to Vancouver park on Ford Street north of Coors - 1 1/2 miles in total length. The most popular stretches are from 10th & Maple (Lions Park) to the Library Hole.The park was developed by reinforcing the sides of Clear Creek with boulders and cement to create whitewater features along Clear Creek from Maple Street to Washington street south of 10th Street. It is open to the public (enter at your own risk - PFD and helmet are recommended) with the most parking near the Golden Rec Center and Lions Park at 10th & Maple. Weekends are crowded in late Summer and a weekly rodeo event is held on Wednesday evenings during the month of June.
The tour takes a quick trip around the city - giving some history of the town and the Coors creator. The tour, once inside the brewery, takes about 30 mins, but there could be a long wait for the tour to begin. At the end of the tour everyone (over 21) can enjoy THREE free full size samples.
The 22 foot statue of Christ sits atop a 373 step stairway. It was established by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini as a summer camp for orphan children and for the purpose of spreading the gospel. With her beatification in 1938, the property became a place of prayer, pilgrimage and devotion to Mother Cabrini and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It offers great views of the mountains and of the skyline of Denver. It's open 7am to 5pm. Donations.
Lookout Mountain Park occupies 66 acres off US 6. It offers great views of the eastern foreland of the Rockies and views of the city of Denver. Buffalo Bill's Memorial Museum and Grave located just down the road as well.
It was just chance that I came here during Buffalo Bill Days, held at the end of July. It was when I was driving down the hill towards Downtown Golden that I saw that the street was blocked off and people were wandering the street. Cars were not absent as a classic car show was being held and people (especially men) oogled over the engines, rims, and paint jobs. Buffalo Bill Days started as a trail ride (on horses) from Golden to Buffalo Bill's Grave in the 1950's. When the riders returned people came out to meet them and soon it was called a parade. During Buffalo Bill Days you can take part in a golf tournament, drink a few beers, and enjoy food from the booths like hot dogs, chicken, corn on the cob and snowcones. A car show is held on Washington Street and even though I never saw my dream car - the '72 Dodge Charger I did see lots of Studebakers and AMC cars from the 50's and 60's.
Opposite of the armory on 13th and Arapahoe is the oldest Episcopal church in Colorado still in use. The congregation which formed in 1866 moved into their new Gothic Revival Church in 1867. Designed by John Parsons who also designed several of the businesses in Goldens downtown commercial area. The congregation was founded by missionary George Maxwell Randall who also founded 4 colleges including Colorado School of the Mines which is only a block North of here.