Quality Inn & Suites Golden - Denver West - Federal Center
11907 West 6th Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 231-9939
Fax: (303) 235-4552
Located only 10 minutes west of Denver, Green Mountain is a haven for mountain bikers, runners and other outdoor enthusiasts. The wide array of single-track trails, ranging from packed dirt to loose rock and boulders, encourages beginners, but offer enough challenge for even the most experienced mountain bikers. The 1.5-mile steep climb up the west side fire road is certainly a test of will and lungpower. The less adventurous can opt for more scenic and leisurely ways to the hilltop and the short climb is worth the hike for the incredible panoramic views of the city.
This golf nugget is unlike any other course in Colorado. Spanning 6,229 yards, Applewood Golf Course's natural terrain has been retained so that the par 71 course plays through the native vegetation. The signature 16th hole, a 488-yard, par five challenge, culminates with an elevated, rolling green that really tests the putting game. Juniors are not allowed to play until 2pm from Friday to Sunday.
Supposedly known to be one of the best trails in Denver, Bear Creek Trail runs from Pence Park to Lair o' the Bear Park, outside of Idledale. Along the way, it cuts through two other Denver mountain parks, Corwina and O'Fallon. Unlike other tails, Bear Creek is not just a path strewn with rubble.
This trail, in Evergreen's Elk Meadow Park, is camera-snapping proof that moderate hikes can be fun and interesting. Located just 20 minutes west of Denver, this five-mile hike offers a surprising diversity of both flora and wildlife. In between tall stands of aspens are vast meadows that explode each summer with a variety of colorful wildflowers. The elk are numerous and easy to spot, especially during the fall rutting season. Take I-70 west into the foothills and get off at exit 242, which blends into route 74 south. Follow this for six miles and then make a right on Stagecoach Boulevard. Follow it for about a mile to the trail head parking lot on the right.
Visit this unique museum and visitors center to see dinosaur bones from Jurassic period and more than 300 dinosaur footprints from the Cretaceous period. Plus, discover the secrets of how the Rocky Mountains were formed more than 70-million years ago. This two mile long excursion into the past is a perfect outing for the entire family. Free maps for self guided tours are available at the visitor center. Guided tours are also available.
This park is a throwback to the days when theme parks were more than corporate carnivals seeking to build the biggest roller coaster. It is set in the guise of an old Victorian town and provides old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Rides abound, including the merry-go-round and alpine slide. Numerous shops carry everything from candy to souvenirs. The acclaimed Music Hall offers a variety of entertainment ranging from vaudeville to mystery plays. There is even a wedding chapel. General admission is free, but the rides and the Music Hall have separate fees. Outdoor rides are only open during the summer.
Established in 1958, this museum was created to preserve an important part of Colorado history and, in particular, the narrow gauge mountain railroads that were pioneered in the state. The museum houses an extensive collection of railroad equipment as well as original photographs and paintings by pioneers, including William Henry Jackson. In addition to the museum, there are 50 train cars, trolleys and locomotives, including a 317-ton Burlington locomotive 5629. A gift shop is on-site. Open daily 9am onwards.
Pick up this paved path at the east end of Bear Creek Lake Park for hiking, horseback riding, or biking. The trail runs from Kipling Parkway to Wadsworth Boulevard. Travel west to enjoy the open space of Bear Creek Lake, or head east along the weeping willow lined Bear Creek.The Greenbelt runs a little over a mile before turning into the Bear Creek Trail (west). Parking and restrooms are available at the historic Stone House.
A rockhounder's paradise, this museum exhibits mineral collections from all over the world. Examples of exhibits include "Clear Creek Cave Gemstones," "Colorado Mining History," and "Earth History." This is definitely one of those museums that upon exiting will cause you to ponder "I did not know rocks could be so diverse and complicated." A fine attraction for children, the museum also loans Trunks and Fossil Kits, including rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones and charts.
Lakeside Amusement Park contains 40 rides, including the Cyclone Roller Coaster, a classic wooden roller coaster built in 1940. The Miniature Steam Train is a great way to get acquainted with the park. It carries passengers through the park and around a picturesque lake, letting all take in the aura of a traditional carnival. Adjoining the larger park is Kiddie Land, complete with 15 rides for children under eight. Check website for varying dates.
Here, you can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, fishing, picnicking and camping on 2600 acres of open space. Sailboats, sailboards, canoes, kayaks, paddle-boats, and bikes are available to rent Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Soda Lake Marina. Park rangers offer a variety of interpretive programs including nature guided hikes and weekly campfire programs in the summertime. Public golfing is also available. 50 campsites are available at the Indian Paintbrush Campground.
A trip to Denver is incomplete without a visit to the fascinating Red Rocks Park. Spanning over 640 acres (259 hectares), Red Rocks Park features red sandstone formations set in the foothills only 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) west of Denver. A pair of 300-hundred-foot (91.44 meters) sandstone pillars, Creation Rock and Ship Rock, bookend the park's amphitheater and give the place its surreal setting. An impressive view of the Denver skyline adds to the park's visual drama.