The city of Golden has become a regular part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, as well as the final stop for the Ride the Rockies circuit. Golden has a long relationship with bicycling and offers much to recommend it to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. But Golden is much more than a cyclist's paradise.
Nestled between the majestic Rocky Mountains and two scenic mesas, you are guaranteed a beautiful backdrop no matter where in Golden you are lucky enough to find yourself. The city offers a wide array of activities and attractions for residents and visitors alike.
You can cool off when the sun is high at Splash Water Park, or learn to kayak in the Clear Creek Whitewater Park. You can stretch your wings and soak up the view in a tandem paraglider jump for Lookout Mountain, and embrace your inner golf pro at Fossil Trace Golf Club.
You can learn about the Gold Rush at the Golden History Museum or the history of mountaineering at the American Mountaineering Museum. And when you're ready to take it down a notch, downtown Golden offers shopping and dining options and pleasant patios for a leisurely break with coffee or a cold beer. And speaking of cold beer Golden is home to the Coors Brewery where brew masters create one of the country's most popular and best-tasting beers.
Golden features many downtown parks where residents and visitors can enjoy a picnic. In the winter, Golden makes a great basecamp for skiers headed to the many ski resorts found further up I-70. 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, buy 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. Whatever your age, energy level, or interest, you won't be bored in Golden.
Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden, a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858. After the Gold Rush, farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to Coors Brewery. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capital Grill restaurant.
Today, Golden is known for its abundance of recreational, cultural, and culinary opportunities. Residents can live, work, and play in a modern city with an Old West flair.