GOLDEN
FOUNDING OF COORS BREWING COMPANY1873
POPULATION OF GOLDEN18,867
AVERAGE SAT SCORE AT MINES1,940 (OUT OF 2,400)
Golden is a historic gold rush town, located 12 miles west of Denver. It sits on Clear Creek and below Lookout Mountain, which provides easy access to outdoor sports and recreation. Golden is a beautiful balance of nature, history and culture. Golden is home to the Coors Brewing Company and one of the most popular activities is the Coors Brewery Tour. Golden embraces the local world-class college, the Colorado School of Mines. Fall Saturdays are centered around the Orediggers football games.

Little known fact – Golden was the capital of the Colorado territory (before Colorado became a state).
  • THE CHARM

    Golden keeps a tight grip on its historic past. One of the best experiences is to simply stroll down Washington Avenue to check out restaurants, bars, and shopping. Another option is to stroll along the many paths around Clear Creek. Golden has hit a homerun with city planning, most notably for preserving the past, avoiding overbuilding, and prioritizing walkers and bikers. Golden is also underrated for its “foodie” and bar scene.

  • OUTDOOR RECREATION

    Golden sits right at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Residents and visitors love to spend summers playing in the river. Clear Creek is one of the most technical rivers in the country for whitewater rafting and kayaking. For a more laid-back option, consider river tubing through a calmer portion of the iconic river. Hiking and biking are also favorite summer activities. Consider taking the 6th avenue trail, where you might see some wildlife and will definitely see some beautiful nature.

  • CULTURE

    Golden is one of top cities for number of arts and cultural facilities (museums, galleries, etc.) per capita in the state. The city also boasts of growing live music scene. Visit everything from the Colorado Railroad Museum to the US Marine Corps Memorial to Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum.

  • THE BREWERY

    Some love it and some hate it, but you can’t avoid the smell of the brewing of Coors beer over the city of Golden. The Coors facility is the largest single-site brewery in the world. Coors offers a free brewery tour on Thursdays through Mondays throughout the year. It includes samples.

THE WEATHER
  • Winters are considered the dry season, but Golden still gets a fair share of snow. Winters are a slower time for tourism as the town isn't close any ski areas.

  • Golden is relatively slow to thaw out in the spring. Temps are cool and it is the wet season. If planning a trip to Golden, opt for summer or fall.

  • Golden is at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, which means milder summers than Denver. Daily high temps are in the low 70s. Summers are a fantastic time to visit Golden.

  • Golden is very popular in the early fall. Students return to Mines and Saturdays are centered around the local beer scene and the college football team. October high temps average a brisk 52 degrees.