Welcome to Arvada
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. Currently, Arvada is a thriving suburb of over 111,500 people and 36 square miles. An extraordinary trail system with thousands of acres of parks and open spaces links Arvada with Denver trails on the east and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the west. Arvada is just minutes from DIA, downtown Denver and popular mountain communities.
The citizens of Arvada have a great deal of pride in their city. Located just northwest of Denver, Colorado’s state’s capital, Arvada is a community unlike many others. Arvada consistently competes with the larger metropolitan cities in the areas of business and commerce 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.