Triceratops Trail

Triceratops Trail in Golden Colorado
July 9, 2012

The Triceratops Trail in Golden takes visitors on a 1.5-mile round-trip hike to see tracks from dinosaurs and other animals and impressions and traces from plants from 68 million years ago.

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Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Staff writer A unique breed of arts enthusiasts have found a gallery in downtown Golden, at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. The museum was the dream of 80-year-old quilter and collector Eugenia Mitchell, who shared her dream with like-minded enthusiasts and collected money for years to build a place to showcase the beauty of quilts. The museum opened in 1990 with 100 of Eugenia’s quilts as the core of a…

November 10, 2011
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
November 10, 2011

Staff writer Visitors to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory learn about technologies that can save energy, create jobs, and generate clean electricity from sources like the sun, wind, biomass and hydrogen. The NREL buildings themselves are demonstrations of energy-efficiency. A self-guided tour includes advanced vehicles and wind turbine parts. Details National Renewable Energy Laboratory 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden, CO 80401 (303) 384-6565 Website

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National Earthquake Information Center

National Earthquake Information Center in Golden
November 10, 2011

Staff writer Collecting and spreading information on earthquakes around the globe, sharing seismic information that informs earthquake research and prediction, and understanding how earthquakes work are the tasks that keep researchers at the National Earthquake Information Center busy. Free public tours of the labs where it happens are available by reservation. The labs are on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. Details National Earthquake Information Center 1711 Illinois…

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Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

American Mountaineering Museum in Golden
November 10, 2011

Staff writer Mountain climbers and duffers alike are drawn to the new Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, named for a passionate climber, photographer and mountain cartographer. The museum is the only one in the country devoted to educating and inspiring visitors to appreciate and preserve mountaineering and mountains. It is co-sponsored by the National Geographic Society, Colorado Mountain Club and American Alpine Club. Details Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum 710…

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Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Amethyst from the School of Mines Geology Museum
November 10, 2011

Staff writer Rock lovers can dig into the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum with its displays of minerals, gems, mining artifacts and fossils showcasing Colorado mining. There are hands-on exhibits, a re-creation of a uranium mine and an outdoor geologic trail. The museum opened in 1874. Details Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum 1310 Maple St. Golden, CO 80401 (303) 273-3815 Website

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Colorado Railroad Museum

Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden
November 10, 2011

Staff writer The Colorado Railroad Museum offers a collection of trains dating from the 1800s spread across a 15-acre site. The museum building is a replica of an 1880 train depot and is packed with photos, memorabilia, paintings and a general store. A huge model train layout fills the lower level and a larger “garden railroad” is in motion outside the depot. On Saturdays rail buffs can hop aboard a…

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Historic Downtown Golden

Colorado National Guard Armory in Golden
November 9, 2011

Staff writer Historic Downtown Golden offers an easy and interesting walk past buildings dating back to the gold rush days. There’s a database of historic structures at the Golden Landmarks Association’s website. Details Golden Landmarks Association Washington Avenue and 14th Street Golden, CO 80401 (303) 279-1236 Website

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Golden History Center

Staff writer It’s easy to get immersed in history in and around Golden. Start with the Golden History Center, which offers an overview of everything from dinosaurs to early dental tools, Coors porcelain to a fine collection of musical instruments. The center also operates the Astor House Museum, built in 1867 as a boarding and rooming house until 1971, enticing visitors with one of the first bathtubs in Golden (25…

November 9, 2011
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Heritage Square

Heritage Square Alpine Slide in Golden
November 9, 2011

Staff writer Originally called Magic Mountain, Heritage Square just west of Golden is a theme park and shopping village. Disneyland art directors helped design the fanciful Storybook Victorian park, built between 1957 and 1959. Magic Mountain died out but was reborn as Heritage Square in 1971. It includes shops and children’s rides. Walking around and browsing is free. The park also now includes the Heritage Square Alpine Slide – a…

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