Golden Area Activities
American Mountaineering Center & Colorado Mountain Club
Address: 710 10th Street
Home of the Colorado Mountain Club and American Alpine Climb Museum and Library. The library is the largest mountaineering library in the Western Hemisphere with more than 17 thousand volumes. The museum will contain artifacts, art, climbing gear, and maps that are a historical testimony of mountaineering since the late 19th century.
Astor House Museum
Address: 822 12th St., Golden, CO 80401
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Built in 1867 to accommodate legislators when Golden was the Territorial Capital and operated as a boarding house for more than 100 years. Now a museum, visitors experience frontier Colorado boarding house life. Museum & Gift Shop open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission. Located in historic downtown Golden.
Buffalo Bill's Gravesite and Museum
Address: 987 Lookout Mountain Road
Phone: (303) 526-0747
The Old West presented through the life of the colorful pioneer, scout, hunter, and rider for the Pony Express and Wild West star, Colonel William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill). In addition to the gravesite, visitors will find artifacts, a gift shop, and an observation deck with beautiful panoramic views of Golden and Denver. This site operates May 1st to October 31st (from 9:30AM to 5:00PM all week), and between November 1st and April 30th (from 9AM to 4PM, closed on Mondays and Christmas).
Clear Creek History Park
Address: 11th & Arapahoe St., Golden, CO 80401
(Mailing): 822 12th St., Golden, CO 80401
Hours: Summer Hours: May 31 - August 31, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. May and September open Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Winter Hours: October through April, tours by appointment.
This 3-acre experiential education site consists of original 1870s homestead cabins, an 1876 one room school house, a replicated blacksmith shop, a root cellar, heirloom gardens, and more. The Park is devoted to “hands-on history,” with demonstrators not only performing pioneering skills and activities, but actively encouraging visitors to try their own hand at various demonstrations as they change from day to day.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Address: 17155 West 44th Avenue Golden CO 80402
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 303-279-4591 / 800-365-6263
Where you can touch history! Over 70 historic locomotives and train cars displayed on 14 acres at the base of North Table Mountain, two miles east of downtown Golden (10th Street east). Museum building contains two floors of displays and artifacts, large operating HO model railroad and gift shop.
Coors Brewery Tours
Address: 13th & Ford Streets
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays
Phone: (303) 277-BEER
Come see and taste traditional brewing in the Rocky Mountains! Since 1873 Coors brewing has thrived on a legacy of quality, innovation and customer service. The tour includes a 30 minute walk through our malting, brewing and packaging processes, sampling of Coors fine products in our hospitality lounge and shopping in the Coors & Co. gift shop. Beer samples are limited in quantity and available only to those 21 years and older with proper ID. The visit takes about 90 minutes. For tour information call (303) 277-BEER.
Foothills Art Center
Address: 15th and Washington Avenue
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (303) 279-3922
This building demonstrates the gracious adaptability of a 19th century church to a modern art center. It contains numerous galleries and sponsors one of the country's leading watercolor exhibitions and one of the finest sculpture shows. Gift gallery in building next door.
Fossil Trace Golf Club
Address: 3050 Illinois Street
Description: From the simplicity of a 100 yard par 3 to the cruelty of a 659 yard par 5, Fossil Trace offers every level of player a unique and yet satisfying challenge. Length of the hole is not your only concern as the undulation of the greens combined with the treachery of the 10-foot deep fairway and green side bunkers will test even the most accomplished player. Twenty-foot tall pillars of sandstone emerge from # 12 fairway, demanding that each player be respectful of the 64 million year old trace fossils of palm fronds and triceratops footprints located adjacent to #12 green.
Address: Colorado School of Mines, 16th and Maple Streets
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (through the school year, closed Sundays through the summer)
Phone: (303) 273-3815
This museum houses an extraordinary collection of mineral specimens and histrorical mining artifacts. Visit the reconstructed underground gold mine.
Golden Chamber of Commerce & Golden Visitors Center
Address: 1010 Washington Ave.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Greater Golden Area Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of promoting the commercial, industrial, and civic interest, and the prosperity and general welfare of the City of Golden and its surrounding trade area. Further, the Chamber will encourage integrity and responsibility in the business community, and will cultivate a spirit of cooperation within this community.
Golden Pioneer Museum
Address: 923 10th Street Golden, CO 80401
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm
Founded in 1938 as a WPA project, this museum remains the oldest museum in Golden. The museum houses artifacts from nearby archeological sites and pioneer days with emphasis on the years 1859-1930. The museum’s research library contains historical and genealogical volumes, documents, and photographs. Gift Shop, Free Admission.
Address: Between I-70 and West 6th avenue on US 40
Phone: (303) 279-2789
Heritage Square is a re-creation of an 1880’s Western Victorian Towne, ideal for great family fun times! Heritage Square is located 1 mile south of 6th Avenue on Highway 40, and has something for every member of the family to enjoy! Unique shopping boutiques and restaurants are open all year. Our amusement rides are open weekends from April 20th through October 31st, and daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Little children will enjoy our “mini-amusement rides.” Also enjoy fishing, the Alpine or Water Slide, or dare to take a 70-foot plunge from our Bungee Jump. For those with “calmer” tastes, ride the Heritage Square Narrow Gage Railroad, the carousel, our Junglequest zip line post, or the Ferris wheel. How about a round of mini-golf! The Heritage Square Music Hall (303/279-7800) features spectacular family melodramas and a Children’s Theatre.
National Earthquake and Information Center
Address: 1711 Illinois Street
Exhibit center with working seismograph, story boards and touch TV monitor with earthquake statistics. Ongoing video which includes information on the New Madrid seismic zone. Tour by appointment only Tuesday through Thursday.
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Address: 1213 Washington Avenue
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (303) 277-0377
See the finest examples of the quilter’s art, from antique bedcovers to the latest contemporary work. RMQM exhibits change four times a year, so come back often! Go to www.rmqm.org for the latest exhibit schedule and information about classes, programs, and events.
Be sure to visit the museum shop for unique pieces by local artists and gifts to nurture the creative spirit.
The Splash at Fossil Trace
Address: 3151 Illinois Street
Hours: 10am – 6:30pm Daily. Weather Permitting.
The Splash at Fossil Trace is a family aquatic park owned and operated by
The City of Golden Parks and Recreation Department. The Splash is the
largest water park in Jefferson County, featuring an eight-lane, 25-meter
lap pool with a diving board; an activity pool featuring two large water
slides and a children’s play area with interactive water toys; water slides
for all ages; a wet sand play area; and a spray fountain play area for young
children. Lawn chairs are provided, and there are shaded awnings to take a
break from the sun.
Twelfth Street Historic District
National Register of Historic Places
Phone: (303) 279-3113
These homes are representative of the type of homes built by Colorado's pioneer entrepreneur. Walking tour markers identify homes.