Golden Travel Guide

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Golden Things to Do

  • THE place for Colorado's unique narrow...

    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...

  • Lariat Loop

    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 &...

  • Colorado Railroad Museum

    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...

  • The Riverwalk (Clear Creek)

    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.

  • Brewery COORS in Golden, Colorado.

    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...

  • Hiking

    Lots of trails around Golden. They're steep and rocky in places and you're often sharing the trail with mountain bikers so be careful, but the views of awesome.

  • Echo Lake

    One of the prettiest mountain lakes in the Golden/Denver area is Echo Lake. It's popular with campers, hikers, and nature-lovers. The nearby Echo Lake Lodge has food and lodging.

  • Mt Evans

    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...

  • Clear Creek

    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...

  • Buffalo Bill Days

    Golden pays tribute to Buffalo Bill at the annual Buffalo Bill Days, with music, vendors, and special events. This is one of Golden's biggest events. It takes place on the last weekend in July.

  • Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

    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...

  • Lookout Mountain

    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...


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Golden Restaurants

  • Italian made fresh

    We walked a bit, checked out the other places in town. For a Thursday, it was fairly busy. Outdoor seating was at a premium. So, we headed back to Rigatonis. You know the story. Walk past all the restaurants and return to the first place you saw! It was wonderful. They have a patio, set off from the street, so it's quieter than the places along...

  • Old World Italian

    This restaurant is very charming and cozy. So far I've been here only once and in the winter. I hear the outside seating is great in the summer. But for us it was very cozy inside. The restaurant is actually a very old house off to the side of the main street in downtown Golden. Staff was very pleasant, the food was very good. Really liked our...

  • Oh yes. I'm now addicted to food.

    This place didn't look like much from the outside...I think it is actually located in a strip mall. But once you step inside, you'll feel in the lap of luxury, with your every wish being your server's command. Maybe it was because I was there by myself, but the guy who served me was extremely attentive, making my experience a great one. Very...

  • Dinner with the ghosts of politicians

    This restuarant is a dining and historical experience. Housed in the old territorial capital building that was the scene of Colorado's political debates from 1862-1867. As a proud Denverite I am proud to be a citizen of the capital city eating and drinking in the old capital that we rightfully got back after a stint in Golden due to bribery. But...

  • Hilltop Oasis

    Set in a beautiful old home in Golden, this restaurant serves some of the best meals in the entire Denver metro area, right in sleepy Golden. Where else does the owner greet you and even serve some of your dishes. They are into quality food and excellent service.

  • Table Mountain Inn

    Relaxing southwestern atmosphere. You can get the same menu in the bar (pictured). They have a decent selection of Colorado microbrews on tap also. Anything! I would suggest you not order both an appetizer and a meal unless you are a real glutton. Their tortilla soup and the quesadilla from the appetizer menu are big enough for a light meal.


Golden Nightlife

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    Buffalo Rose: Rocking in the Rockies

    by goodfish Updated Oct 20, 2008

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    Ok, so maybe it's not the best bar in town but it was the only one we went to and drop-dead perfect the day we were there. We got into Golden on a hot Friday afternoon - after a so-so day in downtown Denver - liked what we saw and booked a room at Table Mountain Inn. Beer O'clock was calling so we headed out in search of a pub and, whattya know, we hear the sound of kick-butt blues coming from the general direction of a place called the Buffalo Rose. Following our ears (and a lineup of Harleys by the curb) we end up at The Buff's fabulous, mist-cooled back patio with a terrific, 3-piece rock/blues band just cranking away and a full crowd hanging out in the sunshine, pouring down margaritas and Coors. Heaven. I'll recommend the place on just the merits of that patio and whomever booked that band. I hear they have food and that it's standard Biker Bar decor inside. Fine. Whatever. On a sunny afternoon at the foot of the Rockies, a cold one on the deck of the oldest saloon in Colorado (pouring whiskey since 1858) is about as good as it gets.

    I'm putting this under Nightlife 'cause they're open until 2:00 AM, 7 days a week. Happy hour is 3 - 7:00. Live music 3 days a week.

    Dress Code: Shirt and shoes would be good.

    Patio - Buffalo Rose, Golden CO Patio, Buffalo Rose, Golden CO Great band! Couple of nice rides
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Golden Transportation

  • From Denver to Golden

    Driving by car to Golden is the easiest way to get here, and this is the way I arrived. From Downtown Denver it is a short 20 to 25 minute drive and between 15 and 20 miles to get to the Golden Downtown area.If you going to Golden from Downtown Denver get onto Interstate 25 Northbound and then after a few miles take the exit for Interstate 70...

  • Bus system

    RTD-Denver has great bus service in and around Golden. If you ever get really lost, look for a 16, 17, or 125 bus and that will eventually bring you back to downtown Golden. 16 goes up and down Colfax, and is a great way to get to downtown Denver or the Mall. Golden really isn't that big, so unless you're going outside of the town you don't need...

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Golden Shopping

  • Colorado Mills: The Mall of Malls

    by DJChoragos Written Aug 6, 2003

    Colorado Mills, located on Colfax in the Eastern most fringes of Golden, hosts a myriad of shops. It's a big circle, the circuit being about half a mile. There are no big department stores, so the space is taken up with all kinds of stores, like the Purple Store, "It's Your Move" (an awesome game store), etc. Definitely worth a trip, if just to go eat at Johnny Rockets. They also have a movie theatre and a Jillians for entertainment.

    What to buy: Anything and everything

    What to pay: Depends

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Golden Warnings and Dangers

  • Animal Dangers

    by DJChoragos Written Aug 6, 2003

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    Be advised that there have been sightings of Mountain Lions along Golden trails. These are very rare, and I have never had an encounter despite my extensive time spent out there. I just feel that you should be aware, always carry a first aid kit, and know what to do should an encounter occur.

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Golden What to Pack

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    Packing List

    by BeckyBob Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a small backpack for all the walking you will want to do.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shades and sunscreen.

    Miscellaneous: The humidity is low and the elevation is high. Drinking lots and lots of water will make you feel much better on your trip.

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Golden Off The Beaten Path

  • Mother Cabrini's Shrine

    Located atop a high peak, just visible from the interstate is a statue of the Cruicified Christ. The 'shrine' is a summer camp for children and now adults, established by Sister (Mother) Cabrini. She served in Chicago. The shrine includes a walk to the statue. Along the route, you'll climb 373 steps, follow the 'Way of the Cross', the the story of...

  • Route 6 out of Golden

    On a recent visit to Golden I exited onto Rt. 6. What a beautiful rugged departure from the normal mountain scenery.. My only regret is that the batteries in my camera were dead and I was unable to take any pictures of this magnificent drive with sheer rock cliffs and tunnels. This optimizes the name "Rockies" to me. Yet, there are no pictures...

  • A stream with many names

    Clear Creek runs right through the town from the snowmelt of the Rockies just to the west. For this reason it is some of the clearest and cleanest waters you will find in the Denver area. It was certainly not always so, it was in these waters where Gold was found and why Golden was started here. Digging for gold is not a clean activity, you dredge...


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