Golden, Colorado: Heritage Square - formerly Magic MountainThe remnants of a late-1950s storybook theme park, now turned into a shopping village. Buy stuff in a fake stockade, then ride a miniature train!
- 18301 W. Colfax Ave., Golden, CO
- I-70 exit 259. Drive north one mile on US 40, then turn left onto Heritage Rd.
Visitor Tips and News About Heritage Square - formerly Magic Mountain
A really fine little local amusement park that still operates the way they used to. Tickets and wrist bands are sold. There are limited rides, but all carefully and lovingly maintained, including a vintage Tilt-A-Whirl that was supposedly featured in the motion picture, "State Fair." The park includes classic rides and variations on classic rides. There are concession stands and shopping areas on a Victorian themed "Main Street." There is a haunted house and an Alpine slide that requires a ski lift to access. There is even an chapel where couples can get hitched.[D. Pruiksma, 08/10/2010]
Heritage Square in undergoing a major revitalization. Almost all of the shops are full, and the park is seeing more visitors than many of the past years... I know, because I just opened my new photo studio there.[Rod Pilcher, 07/14/2010]
Apparently it's only open on weekends and every day after Memorial Day for the summer. There are lots of really neat shops to check out, plus there's an alpine slide that goes down the mountain![Shellye, 04/29/2010]
Made a stop here on a cold, cloudy day. Not much happening, as the place was closed today. The Victorian style buildings look great, and it's about three square blocks of stores and shops in the style of old. Although I did see a sign that leads to the Ferris wheel... there is no Ferris wheel.
I would guess this place is hopping in the warmer months.[Bob Pearce, 01/20/2010]
Heritage Square is a storybook style shopping village at the far west end of Colfax Avenue, set at the foot of the mountains. It is one of the world's first theme parks, originally called Magic Mountain, built in 1957-1959 by a corporation led by Walter Francis Cobb, who loved creating roadside attractions in the Denver area. Magic Mountain failed but was revived as Heritage Square in 1971, and the buildings of Magic Mountain that were built (now the main street, log structures and event center) are all still there and you can shop in them. You can shop at a general store in a make-believe stockade, go see hilarious plays at the Music Hall in a Gothic-styled storefront, shop in Colorado's oldest year-round Christmas store at the head of the main street, or ride the miniature railroad around the grounds. Its Spider Mansion haunted house (open in October) has been acclaimed as a top scary place by the Rocky Mountain News for several years. On the mountainside above is the second alpine slide built outside a ski resort in North America.[Richard J. Gardner, 11/25/2003]