Winter Recreation for Non-Skiers in Golden

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Golden is the closest mountain town to Denver offers a variety of outdoor winter experiences, without a long drive. Enjoy winter hiking, ice climbing, mountain biking and snowshoeing, while also visiting some top year-round attractions like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Colorado Railroad Museum and the American Mountaineering Museum.

Sustainability Activity
Preserve the Future

Help preserve the history of steam engines for future generations. Make a donation of any amount today and help light the flame of passion in railfans of tomorrow.

Insider's Tip
Bike to Lunch

Golden makes it easy to snowshoe in the morning and then ride a bike throgh the streets of downtown in the afternoon. 

Day
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park-Scenic Photo
Activity
Golden Gate Canyon State Park

A serene mountain escape 30 miles west of Denver. Features 152 primitive and electric campsites, 6 cabins, 2 yurts, group camping and 1 horse…

Lunch
Woody's Wood-Fired Pizza and Watering Hole
More than just great pizza! Right next to Coors Brewery.
Activity
American Mountaineering Museum
Your adventure starts here at the American Mountaineering Museum! Jump a crevasse, pick your route up Mt. Everest or hang out on the side of a cliff!…
Dinner
Sherpa House Restaurant and Culture Center
Feast on classic Himalayan dishes as you explore the richness of Sherpa culture!
Activity
Buffalo Rose Saloon

An authentic American West saloon and restaurant featuring some of Colorado's best live entertainment, inspiring indoor and outdoor seating…

Lodging
The Golden Hotel, an Ascend Collection Member

Award-winning hotel overlooking Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills, located in historic downtown Golden. This solar powered hotel…

Day
2
Breakfast
Sassafras American Eatery, Downtown Golden
Satisfying and delicious breakfast and lunch. Stop by for our down home menu and enjoy our farm-to-table concept and fresh cocktails.
Activity
The Colorado Climbing Company

The Colorado Climbing Company is a rock- and ice-climbing guide service in Colorado. Our trained and certified guides are ready to show you the…

Itinerary Tip
Backcountry Safety

Get out in front of backcountry danger this winter, and keep safety top-of-mind! Seek education and training prior to heading out, or utilize a professional guide or a seasoned mentor to explore Colorado's backcountry. Find more ways to get informed and stay safe in Colorado.

Lunch
Trailhead Taphouse & Kitchen
We combine great food with great beer. Numerous local craft beers served, Cajun specialties, sandwiches and fresh salads to enjoy.
Activity
Colorado Railroad Museum

Bringing Colorado railroad history to life year-round. Stroll the Museum's 15-acre railyard featuring more than 100 historic railcars. Also, tour…

Dinner
Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina
Award-winning Southwestern cuisine. With its vibrant Santa Fe decor and fresh Southwestern cuisine, Table Mountain Grill & Cantina feels like dining…
Activity
Golden Moon Distillery
Golden Moon Distillery - Maison De La Vie, Ltd. was founded by Stephen Gould in early 2008 specifically to produce premium hand-crafted herbal…
Lodging
The Golden Hotel, an Ascend Collection Member

Award-winning hotel overlooking Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills, located in historic downtown Golden. This solar powered hotel…

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3
Breakfast
Golden Diner

The old-fashioned Golden Diner is where to fuel up on huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, eggs and bacon, or a B.A.M.J.O. - a bacon, avacado,…

Activity
Golden Bike Shop

Your center for bike rentals and information on local rides, including the classic 5-mile singletrack ride around North Table Mountain. We are an…

Lunch
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse
The Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse offers up a full menu of smoked meats and classic American fare with some unique twists, in an historic setting. …
Activity
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and Visitor Center

It took 300 million years to create Denver's most scenic attraction and once you view this internationally known amphitheatre, you'll understand…

Dinner
Abejas Restaurant
A community-focused restaurant dedicated to seasonality. We use fresh local produce, organic meats, and sustainable fish. The beverage program brings…
Activity
Barrels and Bottles Brewery
We are a small brewpub in downtown Golden. We serve delicious, fresh food; we also have 26 beers on tap, 26 wines on tap (to include wine slushies)…
Lodging
The Golden Hotel, an Ascend Collection Member

Award-winning hotel overlooking Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills, located in historic downtown Golden. This solar powered hotel…