Previous Next / Nestled in the foothills along Apex Gulch in Golden, Colorado, Magic Mountain is proclaimed to be one of the most important archaeological sites on Colorado’s Front Range The archaeological site Magic Mountain in Golden, Colorado, has served as a crossroads of culture throughout human history. From the nomadic hunter-gatherers who lived there for over 9,000 years, to the Pioneers of the 1800s, to those who bike and hike the area today, there is a collective awareness that the area is special. The Magic Mountain Community Archaeology Project (MMCAP) taps into that shared sense of place and explores the stories of the people who lived there long ago, while making these tales relevant and tangible to people today. The MMCAP is a multi-disciplinary, public archaeology collaboration between the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Paleocultural Research Group (PCRG), and various local Colorado communities to conduct world-class research at one of the most important archaeological sites on the Front Range. The MMCAP has enjoyed two exceedingly successful field seasons of community-based archaeological fieldwork (2017 and 2018) and continues to offer outreach opportunities during the analysis phase of the project. We designed MMCAP to bring our backyard history into the hands of the public. We accomplish this through public tours and youth programming, teen internships for students in underserved communities and underrepresented groups, community group partnerships, targeted marketing and an intertribal meeting day, among many other activities.