The City of Golden located just 15 miles west of Denver, separated from the rest of the metro area by two stunning mesas at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Many major highways give drivers easy access to both the city and the mountains, including I-70, C470, U.S. Highway 6 and highways 58 and 93. The city is located at an elevation of 5,675 feet and it covers 9 square miles. The city offers 9 miles of bike lanes and 29 miles of bicycle/pedestrian trails.
Golden, Colorado is today rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the city’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly become an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. With small town friendliness and amazing landscapes, Golden is a perfect place to call home.
The City offers a wide array of activities and attractions for residents and visitors alike. Cool off when the sun is high at Splash Water Park, or learn to kayak in the Clear Creek Whitewater Park. Stretch your wings and soak up the view in a tandem paraglider jump from Lookout Mountain. Embrace your inner golf pro at Fossil Trace Golf Club. Learn about the gold rush at the Golden History Museums, or the history of mountaineering at the American Mountaineering Museum. Hike any of the beautiful trails in and around the city. Sign up for any of the City’s many recreation classes or activities. When you’re ready to take it down a notch, the downtown area offers shopping and dining options, and pleasant patios for a leisurely break with coffee or a cold beer. Or just settle yourself in any of the city’s many downtown parks and enjoy a picnic!
In the winter, Golden makes a great basecamp for skiers headed to the many ski resorts found up I70. The hills closer to home also supply miles of trails for snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
For those who crave outdoor adventure and a small town flavor by day, but enjoy the lights of the city by night, downtown Denver is only a short drive to the east, with enough excitement on hand every day of the week to keep any night-owl entertained.
Innovative companies in diverse industries make Golden a place to prosper.
Museums, outdoor recreation — Golden is the ideal place to exercise your body and your mind.
Whatever your age, energy level, or interest, you won’t be bored in Golden!