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Golden’s Got It: Everything You Need for an Outdoor Adventure

Whether you like to hike, run, bike, kayak, fish, climb, snowshoe, or simply just enjoy being outdoors in nature, you can find a place to do it in Golden. Being fully prepared can make or break a trip, but thankfully there are quite a few shops in Golden that can help make sure you have everything you need for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

Here are a few places to check out before your next excursion. (NOTE: Hours and days of operation may be different right now. Check with each business before visiting to ensure that they are open and accepting visitors.)

Mountain Side Gear Rental

Want to try a new outdoor activity without having to make a big investment upfront? Mountain Side Gear Rental’s got you covered. They are a full-service outdoor store with a great map and trail food selection. Their staff of experts can offer advice for what you’ll need when you’re out and about. You can rent individual items or full experience kits that have everything you’ll need. You can look at their website to see what’s available and call with any questions you have.

Many spots around town offer maps to prepare you for your journey, but the American Alpine Club & Library are great resources for a little more in-depth planning of a climbing adventure. The library is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, but it’s home to one of the world’s finest collections of mountain-related artifacts, archives, rare books, maps, and media. The library contains more than 50,000 books and all the information on mountain history, mountain culture, climbing routes, and more. Staff and volunteers can assist club members with research and trip planning, and members may check out materials by mail.

Housed in the same building, the Colorado Mountain Club is the state’s leading organization dedicated to outdoor adventure, recreation, conservation, and education for novices and experts alike. In addition to the guided trips and classes available, the club has also published over 60 guidebooks so you can take on the Colorado wilderness.

Photo from @VitalOutdoors on Instagram

Having an appropriate wardrobe on your trip can make the difference between an excellent time and a miserable one, so stop by Vital Outdoors before you leave to make sure that you’ve got everything you need. They offer a wide array of well-made gear including backpacking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, cycling, kayaking, mountaineering gear and more, all at competitive prices.

Mountainsmith is the headquarters and showroom for the Mountainsmith outdoor gear brand, and visitors are welcome to come in to see their latest line of products in the showroom and try them on for size. While visitors cannot make purchases directly from the showroom, every visitor walks away with a sticker and a 20% off coupon to use on Mountainsmith.com.

Bent Gate Mountaineering is a full service mountaineering shop specializing in superior outdoor gear and information with regard to rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, bouldering, trail running, telemark and randonee skiing, backpacking, hiking and general outdoor fun in Golden.

Photo from @GoldenMountainGuides on Instagram

If you’re a beginner mountaineer who thinks they could benefit from some instruction, Golden Mountain Guides offers guided rock and ice climbing, in-depth climbing instruction, and highly customizable climbing trips throughout the Golden area and across the Front Range of Colorado. They strive not to just guide people in the mountains, but also to create empowered climbers with the technical skills and safety-oriented mindset to push the boundaries of what is possible. They welcome beginning climbers or seasoned climbers.

For climbing practice, head to Earth Treks. They’ve got 28,500 sq ft of climbing with walls up to 48 ft high, including tons of bouldering and roped climbing for all ages and abilities. Earth Treks Golden boasts many amenities including a huge fitness center, dedicated strength training area, yoga room, outdoor patio, and locker room facilities with all the bells and whistles.

Runners should stop by Runners High before their next trek. As Golden’s specialty running store, they’re a great place to get the best brands of running shoes and the finest running apparel and accessories to make each and every one of your runs a success. They also offer fittings for the proper shoe with their free gait analysis to ensure that you’re correctly equipped before you hit the trails.

Photo credit: Big Ring Cycles

Bikers have so many great options for bike shops in Golden. Big Ring Cycles offers the best in high-end bicycles and aims to provide each customer with the perfect bicycle for them. They offer professional bike fitting, bicycle maintenance, and repair by highly skilled technicians, as well as individualized coaching programs for those that want to take their training to the next level.

Golden Bike Shop sells, repairs, and rents mountain, road, trail, and kids’ bikes. They’re a small store with a personal feel and a “try before you buy” program. Enjoy quick turn-around on bicycle repairs and special orders.

Peak Cycles has friendly and knowledgeable staff who understand the needs of all cyclists from the recreational rider to the most demanding racer. They’re a full-service shop focusing on mountain bike suspension and frame overhauls, disc brake overhauls, custom wheel building, custom bike builds, and bicycle rentals.

Pedal Pushers Cyclery prides itself on personalized service, customized fitting and attention from factory trained and certified technicians. They have a Rent-A-Bench program, which includes access to a complete tool bench, all shop tools, and guidance from a professional mechanic. They carry all-mountain bikes, light road bikes, bikes for kids, and bike rentals.

Photo from @GoldenRiverSports on Instagram

If you’re planning a water-based excursion, Golden River Sports is a full-service kayak, SUP, fly fishing and tubing shop located two blocks north of Clear Creek on Washington Avenue. The shop offers kayak lessons and rentals or fly fishing guided trips and fly-tying classes. Golden River Sports also has a full line of SUP supplies, including stand up paddle boards, rip boards, inflatable kayaks and tubes. They’ve got a great selection of unique gifts, gear, clothing, and more, and members of the staff are all fly fishing experts, SUP, and kayakers themselves and take pride in helping you with all your equipment needs.

Unwind on the “Golden Mile” of fly fishing along Clear Creek with help from Golden Fly – a premiere fly shop carrying top name brands like Patagonia, Fishpond, G. Loomis, Hatch, Yeti, and many more. They also offer local guided trips as well as hosted trips around the world.

In the mood for an overnight outing? Stop by Camping World. They’ve got new & used RVs, accessories, repair services, and other camping equipment.

Photo from @Icelantic_Skis on Instagram

Skiers also have options in Golden. Icelantic Skis are handcrafted in Colorado using the highest quality materials. Their head artist, Travis Parr, incorporates original paintings into the ski’s graphics, ensuring a unique visual experience.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know your favorite places to prep for your outdoor adventures in the comments!

Patronizing local establishments makes a positive impact on Golden. Not only does it help boost the local economy, it also helps to employ other residents, reduces negative environmental impacts from shipping products, and gives you the opportunity to support local entrepreneurs. Golden has hundreds of businesses to fulfill your every need, from gift shops to accountants to pet spas to award-winning restaurants and everything in between. Stake your claim in Golden by shopping locally and supporting the community to ensure that it stays the vibrant town that we all know and love.

Good To Be Golden will highlight Golden businesses in our Golden’s Got It series. You’ll be able to find tidbits and photos about the wide variety of businesses in Golden on our Facebook page, our Instagram account, and on our website. We hope you’ll take some time to explore and rediscover Golden and all it offers.

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