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Hiking Trails

Clear Creek Canyon

A 4,097 acre park with 5.8 trail miles is 19 miles and 29 minutes from Dragon Ranch

    - This 1.75 mile trail connects downtown Golden and continues west to Tunnel 1 along US 6 has over 150 parking places

     - Permanent restrooms and shaded structures

     - The Gateway Segment of Clear Creek Canyon Park has a bike repair station

      - Drinking fountains

      - A pedestrian suspension bridge

      - The trails are opened one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.

Please review park closings before visiting at this link

Peaks to Plains Trail (P2P) - if you have a bike and some time on your hands, this project is as ambitious as it is beautiful and inspiring

The goal is to connect the South Platte in Denver to the headwaters of Clear Creek

Will eventually connect four counties, seven cities and have a total elevation gain of more than 5280 ft.

Here’s the link

Boulder Canyon

Eldorado Canyon State Park is 16 miles (33 minutes) from Dragon Ranch

     - Hike around the sandstone cliffs

     - Offers 500 technical rock climbing routes which brings climbers from around the world

     - Picnic by South Boulder Creek

     - Fish in South Boulder Creek

     - Find out more at this link.

     - Boulder Canyon Drive

     - A 14.8 mile drive located 28 miles (43 minutes) from Dragon Ranch

Open sunrise to sunset


Black Hawk

Founded as in 1859 because of gold found in the area, Black Hawk was one of Colorado’s first municipalities

     - Home to 15 casinos

          - 24-7 gaming from Colorado’s biggest to some small family-owned saloons that speak to the history of               the area.

     - Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

          - Begins/Ends in Estes Park and Black Hawk and goes through Allenspark, Ward, Nederland, Rollinsville               and Central City

          - In Allenspark are Chapel on the Rock and St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

          - Nederland is home to restaurants, unique shops and seasonal festivals such as

               - “Frozen Dead Guy Days” which features live bands, copious amounts of local beer and food,coffin racing, a frozen t-shirt contest and ice turkey bowling. Link              

     - Central City

          - Another gambling town

          - The “Brass Bed Race” in June

               - Started over 100 years ago by a brothel owner, Madam Lou Bunch Day, who saved the town by         opening her beds to tuberculosis sick miners during an epidemic.

      - An historic self-guided walking tour that encompasses the towns rich history from gold rush to gaming

         - Biking (kind of sort of)

                - In 2013 the city tried to ban cycling in the towns major streets to alleviate issues between foot and                                           cycling traffic through town

                - Black Hawk does not provides an alternative route when riding through town.

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Golden Colorado

     - 65-Mile Colorado Canyon Supercar Driving Experience

          - Duration 3 hours

          - Drive through Golden Gate Canyon, Peak to Peak, Coal Creek into Brookfield we they use the Flatiron mountain range as photo backdrop

     - Lookout Mountain

          - Home of the Buffalo Bill Cody gravesite and museum

     - Coors Brewery

          - The world’s largest single-site brewery offers tours and beer-tasting

          - Book on-line, it’s a great tour with excellent staff

     - Colorado Railroad Museum

          - A 15-acre railyard with dozens of historic locomotive, passenger and freight cars on display

          - Kids love the “Day Out with Thomas” in September and “Polar Express Train Ride (November-December)

     - Great Small Breweries and Distilleries

               - Holidaily Brewing - produce gluten-free craft beers

               - Golden Moon Distillery - features handcrafted herbal liquors and liqueurs

               - State 38 Distiling - tours and tastings of their Oganic Blue Agave and bourbon and peat-smoked Scottish whiskey

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