Get To Know The Area
The early beginnings of Arvada can be summed up in one word: GOLD! The first documented discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountain region occurred on June 22, 1850, when Lewis Ralston, a Georgia prospector headed for the California gold fields, dipped his sluice pan into a small stream near its mouth at Clear Creek. Ralston found about ¼ ounce worth about five dollars. Ralston’s companions named the stream “Ralston’s Creek” in his honor.
“Olde Town” is the city’s downtown district, with a turn-of-the-century Main Street Americana ambiance. It is the heart and soul of Arvada and has become a destination for locals and visitors, alike. With a diverse array of shops, boutiques, galleries, events, restaurants, breweries and a winery, Olde Town has something for everyone.
What To Do For Fun
Arvada encompasses nearly 23,000 acres and is home to one of the top twenty Colorado’s wealthiest zip codes. Showcasing an extensive trail system that connects residents to the larger regional trail system and includes 125 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails.
Arvada consistently competes with the larger metropolitan areas but retains a small-town charm that other suburbs can’t replicate. A highly educated workforce, low crime rate, and excellent quality of life have all contributed to the popularity of Colorado’s 8th largest city.
Time to Mountain Fun
It takes 1 hour to get to the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels from Downtown Arvada.