Recreation & Attractions
The City of Golden was recently thrust into the national spotlight as the Stage 6 Start for the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge™. Golden has a long relationship with bicycling, and offers much to recommend it to bicyclists of all ages and skill levels (see our Bicycling in Golden page for a more expansive list!) but Golden is much more than a bicycler’s paradise.
Nestled between the mountains and two scenic mesas, you’re 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. 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.
Whatever your age, energy level, or interest, you won’t be bored in Golden!