Clear Creek Visitor Information

Please note, the City of Golden does not rent out tubes for creek recreation, nor do we encourage their use. Please enjoy the creek safely.

Click here for information on water levels.Clear Creek runs through the heart of Golden, offering scenic beauty, recreation, and a valuable natural resource all in one popular, sparkling package. Fishermen, kayakers, tubers, sunbathers, runners, bikers, skateboarders, walkers, gold-panners…almost everyone who lives in or visits Golden is drawn to the banks of this popular waterway and the Clear Creek Trail system that runs alongside it for one of the many recreationalopportunities it affords. Clear Creek has also been the center of Golden’s commerce since the City was founded, providing a natural water source for Coors Brewery, and the center of many a gold miner’s hopes and dreams during the Gold Rush. Today, the Creek continues to be Golden’s central hub of activity. Learn more about the City’s ongoing efforts to protect this unique and beloved resource with the new Clear Creek Management Plan.

Welcome to Clear Creek!Trail Information

Clear Creek Trail MapClear Creek Trail is actually a group of trails that connect nearby neighborhoods to schools, the Golden Community Center, the downtown area, and many popular spots. Starting at it’s most western point, the trail follows Clear Creek past the RV park on the northern bank, and continues east past Clear Creek White Water ParkLions Park, the library, Golden City Government buildings and the Chamber of Commerce, then moves to the south bank after crossing Washington Street. Soon after, the trail jogs north and connects with Vanover Park, then continues on to Wheat Ridge, eventually connecting with other trails in the Denver Metro area. Download the Regional Clear Creek Trail Map pdf download for a view of the full trail system.

This trail is easy, multi-use (bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, runners, walkers), and paved.

Directions

Access the Clear Creek Trail via Vanover Park at Water and Ford streets, the Visitor Center at Washington and 10th streets, the Library at 10th and Illinois streets, Lions Park at 10th and Maple streets, or from 6th Avenue Trail.

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Parking

Golden offers an abundant amount of all-day FREE parking for visitors including free, covered parking garages located in historic downtown Golden. Street parking is also free throughout the City, except for designated residential parking at certain times and days around the Colorado School of Mines campus and 9th Street. Parking garages are located off Jackson Street between 11th and 13th. During the summer, visitors can also enjoy free parking off 11th Street next to the Clear Creek History Park in the dirt lot, or on the weekends in the CoorsTek parking lot off 10th Street. Look for signs to direct you to this overflow parking.

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The Golden RuleRules & Regulations

It’s simple – “Be good to the Creek and it will be good to you.” 

  • Pick up your trash and recycle
  • Scoop the poop and keep dogs leashed
  • Respect nature and sensitive areas
  • Stay out of fenced-off areas
  • Keep food, drink and structures out of creek
  • Respect the planet, people and property

In addition to these rules of respectful and neighborly behavior along the creek, the City enforces three zero tolerance regulations, called “The Golden Rule”:

Park Rangers

Golden Clear Creek Park RangersIn 2012, the City of Golden hired six Creek Rangers to patrol the creek banks, offer assistance when needed, and make sure people are following the rules while having fun and staying safe. The Rangers are easy to spot, dressed in khaki slacks or shorts and green polo shirts with the words “Park Ranger” across the back.

The Rangers will be there to enforce the rules and regulations and they can issue tickets, but they are also there if you need help, have a question, or want to report any suspicious activity. The hope is that creek users will be respectful and follow the rules so that everyone can enjoy their time in Clear Creek.

Having Fun in the Heat

The summer is a great time to get outdoors and have fun, but the higher temperatures do pose some challenges and risks. When you’re out splashing around in Clear Creek or just playing on the sunny banks, it’s important to understand how to prevent sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, and to clear up the misconceptions that often come with them. Jefferson County Open Space offers tips and information on safely recreating in the heat in the document available for download below.

Shopping & Dining

VisitGolden.com is the official visitors site for Golden with information about where to dine, shop, stay and play! Discover things to do in Golden, search a database of restaurants and retails, learn about the Golden Ticket or Coors Brewery Tours, or uncover the latest deal in town. It’s your one-stop shop for what makes Golden, Golden!

Maintenance

Clear Creek Trail is maintained by the City of GoldenWe 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.

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

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