This is an early beta version that’s still a work in progress. We hope to develop and refine the contents going forward. In the meantime, we’re making it fully available to the public as-is. Started by the Jefferson County Historical Commission in the 1990s, it was transferred to the Golden History Museum-City of Golden in 2020.

Arapaho Travois Trail


QuadGolden, Ralston Buttes and Black Hawk
SourceJohn Gregory Country, Second Edition
HistoryOnly known Indian trail identified as such paralleling Clear Creek Canyon to the north. About 16 miles long. Left the prairie at S28, T3S, R70W, RBQ. Traveled west through Indian Gulch (pioneer designation), arriving on top of the mountains at S30, T3S, R70W, RBQ. This good trail entering the mountains north of Clear Creek is the Arapaho counterpart, albeit much shorter, of the famous Ute trail which used Chimney Gulch (opening on Golden) to reach the backs of the mountains.