Trails & Open Space

Clear CreekNestled next to the mountains, Golden prides itself in featuring stunning natural beauty both within the city limits, and in the mountains and hills surrounding the town.

The presence and accessibility of open space surrounding Golden is one of the most attractive features of the community. Open space areas and corridors protect natural values and provide opportunities for trail and habitat connections. The City of Golden owns and maintains 402 acres of open space, as well as an interconnected trail system of 24 miles, providing diversity in both types of trail experience and destinations. In addition, Golden residents are fortunate to be surrounded by nearly 8,000 acres of regional open space. Please respect private property when visiting open space areas.

The City of Golden Parks Division is responsible for all parks, trails, and open space maintenance within Golden City limits. Maintenance duties include playground maintenance, graffiti removal, restroom maintenance, trash, and snow removal. We appreciate resident and visitor communication and feedback to ensure the Golden parks system remains safe and clean. To report maintenance concerns or damages, contact the Parks Department at (303) 384-8140.

Please note: Due to the US 6 & 19th Street project, the 6th Avenue Trail will be partially closed from February 8, 2016 until construction is complete in late 2017. Please download the map below for information on the 6th Avenue trail detour. For more information on the construction project please visit our Linking Lookout pages.

Why is open space land important?
  • To provide opportunities for nature-oriented outdoor recreation.
  • To protect large areas containing natural resource values of community-wide significance including wetlands, wildlife habitats, and scenic areas.
  • To safeguard land for its contribution to quality of life and the value of the homes of nearby residents.
  • To limit urban noise, congestion, and encroachment.
Parks, Trails and Open Space Etiquette
  • Keep bikes under control and at a safe speed.
  • Bikes must yield the right-of-way to other trail users.
  • Dogs should be leashed at all times and waste picked up.
  • Be respectful of residential neighborhoods and mind noise levels, especially after dark.
  • Clean up any trash and recyclables, and place in designated bins.
  • Do not harass wildlife.
  • Keep out of native and sensitive areas, stick to designated trails.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, per city ordinance (except with a park Open Container Permit, which must be issued 48 hours in advance).
Golden Trail Map
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 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
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