Location and Travel
Golden, Colorado, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, is the home of the Colorado School of Mines, the National Renewable Engineering Laboratory, and the Coors Brewery, one of the largest brewing facilities in the world. A 20-minute drive from downtown Denver, 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, and a short 15-min drive from the famed Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, Golden is the closest point in the Denver/Boulder metro area to mountain destinations with miles of hiking trails for all levels. It is serviced by Denver International airport, the 5th-busiest in the United States.
From Denver International Airport and/or from I-25: Take I-70 west, exit Highway 58 to Golden. Exit Washington Street and turn left to enter into downtown Golden. Turn right on 13th Street and left on Maple to enter campus.
From Denver: Take 6th Avenue and head west into Golden. Turn right on 19th Street. Turn left on Illinois Street to enter campus.
From C-470 or I-70: Head east to 6th Avenue. Follow the directions above from 6th Avenue.
From Boulder: Take Highway 93 into Golden. Turn left onto 19th Street. Turn left on Illinois Street to enter campus.
Things to Do
Visit downtown Golden. Just north of campus is downtown Golden with a multitude of shops and restaurants. Other local attractions include:
Buffalo Bill Museum
Buffalo Herd Overlook
Coors Brewery Tour
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado is home to 58 mountain peaks above 14,000 ft (4267 m). For the very fit accustomed to altitude, these 14ers provide plenty of hiking opportunities; however, two, Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak, can be reached by car.