The Access Fund acquired Golden Cliffs in 1994 to conserve this unique climbing area and keep it open to public, passive recreation for generations to come. Golden Cliffs is now under ownership by Jefferson County Open Space as part of North Table Mountain Park. Golden Cliffs is undeniably one of the most popular climbing and hiking destinations along Colorado’s Front Range. The area is visited by more than 30,000 climbing enthusiasts, hikers, and nature viewers annually.
Climbing began on the cliffs in the early 1950s. Many of the cracks were climbed using traditional protection before sport climbing started in the 1980s. Many of the bolted sport routes were established during the early 1990s by climbers such as Tod Anderson, Richard Wright, Guy Lords, Alan Nelson, Ken Trout, Mark Rolofson, Dan Hare, Richard Berk, Scott Berk, Dave Field, and many others.
For nearly 30 years, the landowner, Mayford Peery, allowed public access and climbing on the cliffs. In July 1994, Peery became concerned with liability issues and temporarily closed the area. The Access Fund contacted Peery and negotiations to re-open climbing and hiking access began. Peery soon agreed to allow public access while a long-term plan for the area was developed.
Peery offered a donation of the 29-acre property and the Access Fund accepted the donation under ownership of the Access Fund Land Foundation (AFLF). This complex, long term protection project involved two separate parcel donations, subsequent annexation of a portion of the property, extensive public planning and approvals including rezoning of the property, and eventual trailhead infrastructure construction. The result was the creation of the Golden Cliffs Preserve, a crucial open space preservation project.
In 2010, the property was transferred to the Access Fund, upon dissolution of the Access Fund Land Foundation.
In 2014, Access Fund donated the property to Jefferson County Open Space. The Golden Cliffs trailhead and property will serve as the southern gateway to North Table Mountain Park. Climbers should be assured that climbing access at Golden Cliffs will not be affected by this transfer. The Access Fund has guaranteed that climbing access will not be affected unless natural disasters or wildlife protection issues temporarily restricts public access. If the County is unable to work within these agreements, the Access Fund will regain ownership of the cliffs. Seasoned climbing advocates Becky Hall and Chris Archer have contributed significant time and energy to safeguard this transition. For more information, view the press release here.
Located in Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Golden Cliffs is part of North Table Mountain Park.
Driving directions: From CO-93 southbound, turn left at Washington Ave and take the third left onto 1st St. Turn right at Partridge Cir and take the first right onto Ptarmigan St. Ptarmigan turns right and becomes Peery Dr. Veer left onto Peery Pkwy. Please respect the neighbors and follow the residential speed limits and pass through the gate. Follow the lower dirt road to the right for the main Golden Cliffs parking lot.