Golden, Colorado

When we were ready to head to the Denver area we were not really sure where the best place to camp would be.  New friends we met at the rally said they were planning to stay in Golden.  So we started looking at campgrounds in Golden even though they wouldn’t be there anymore. We came across Clear Creek RV Park run by the city of Golden.  It is a first come/first serve RV park right on the Clear Creek.  We had read this was a very busy park and there weren’t always spaces available so we called on our way and they said they had a site for us.  This is one of our favorite places now!  From the campground we walked downtown to Buffalo Rose for dinner.  Golden is home to Miller/Coors Brewing and Colorado College of Mining.

The campground is run by the city and is right on the creek.  They have  what they call a white water park.  You can take your tube, kayak or some people even used a blow-up mattress up the creek and enjoy the ride down.  There are a few rapids and Marcus did fall off a couple of times, but it was extremely fun!  Caroline really enjoyed playing in the water, it was so clear.  The town really did a nice job of making stone entrances and exits from the creek to keep down erosion.

The campground is also on a bike trail.  We went biking three times in the four days we were there.  Biking here is pretty difficult.  The trails are very nice, but there are many hills and the high elevation makes it even more strenuous.  We biked about 25 miles in total.  Even with the hills I just loved biking here!

Before we left we decided to go on the brewery tour.  We learned about the ingredients in beer and how it was made.  Marc and I enjoyed the beer samples, while Marcus and Caroline had as much root beer and lemonade as they could drink.  This is a town I think we will definately visit again.  The campground was $32 a night, but we could bike, tube and walk downtown without driving anywhere so it really was worth it to us.  Before we left on Saturday morning we even walked to the farmers market for some fresh veggies.

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