The mountain-savvy staff at Apex Ex equip people of all skill levels with the knowledge, gear, and plans necessary to explore the wilderness all year round. Seasoned guides and instructors, many of whom are trained by organizations such as the National Outdoor Leadership School and the American Mountain Guides Association, lead classes that teach students important lessons ranging from backcountry snow basics to avalanche rescue. In summer months, the experts lead guided climbing and backpacking trips and teach riders to careen down rocky paths of every sort during mountain-biking lessons.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
Cuisine Type: Cocktails, charcuterie, cheese, caviar
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Cocktails made from our distilled spirits
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
What are your most popular offerings?
Our gin, whiskey, apple jack, and absinthe cocktails.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant?
We produce all our own spirits using our own recipies.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
A world-class cocktail menu featuring classic cocktails, punches, and long drinks all made with Golden Moon Distillery's products.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We're in Miner's Alley (one block off Washington) in downtown Golden. We face the Meyer Hardware parking lot and are directly behind the Windy Saddle Cafe.
The engine traces a path along evergreen-studded slopes and the walls of Clear Creek Canyon. It trundles over iron bridges slung across deep ravines and past the remains of gold and silver mines that pepper the Georgetown Loop Railroad. This mainstay winds along roughly the same 3.5-mile corkscrew route between Georgetown and Silver Plume that it has since 1884, spanning rocky terrain and reaching elevations of up to 9,128 feet. Today, the railroad's historic 1920s steam engine and two 1940s-era diesel locomotives fulfill the same role they've always performed: ferrying passengers through the mountains.
In antique rail cars, passengers embark on seasonal rides through the great outdoors, glimpsing wildlife such as bighorn sheep and mule deer. They cross four bridges, including the Devil?s Gate High Bridge, and pull into historic train stations to ensure the conductor hasn?t been carried off by a gang of bald eagles. In winter, the staff sets the train aglow with festive lights and decorations, and during the summer, passengers can disembark for guided walking tours of the Lebanon silver mine, originally bored in the 1870s.
The blank canvases at Old Paint Bar aren't just made of canvas. In fact, visitors can choose to paint a wine glass or a piece of smooth wood with provided paint and brushes, sipping on loose-leaf tea that's also provided by the staff. During each class, students are led step-by-step through easy to follow instructions in order to see their pieces through to completion, or at least fridge worthy to cover up childhood report cards. Adults are encouraged to bring their own wine to drink during class. Group packages for kids 8 and up are also available for birthday parties or special occasions.
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum displays quilts from the 1800s alongside contemporary art pieces. Seeing these works in a shared space helps visitors understand how quilt making has evolved over the years. To that end, people can explore the exhibits full of family heirlooms and historically significant artifacts including the quilt that George Washington wrapped his beloved cherry tree in on cold nights. The museum also maintains volumes of historic patterns, technique resources, and out-of-print literature on quilts to help enthusiasts satiate their curiosity.