A Historic Building with the Future in Mind

Decades of Memories live on inside of this Landmark

Although the AMC is now the nation’s premiere facility for mountaineering education and home to many non-profit organizations focused on cultivating the outdoor lifestyle and preservation of the planet, it was once the original Golden High School.

Old Golden Highschool

From 1924 – 1956, this building served the citizens as the only highschool in the area. As the city grew enrollment became too large for the building and it went on as Golden’s only middle school from 1956 – 1988.

As more schools were built in the area, enrollment decreased until the old brick building lay abandoned, until 1992, when the American Alpine Club and Colorado Mountain Club, with the help of Golden’s Mayor Marv Kay, found the old building to be perfect for their shared vision.

The Owning Organizations

The Clubs combined to form the American Mountaineering Center, envisioning a home for their organizations as well as other non-profits focused on the outdoors. Empowered by the Golden Civic Foundation to make the purchase, the clubs signed a sales agreement with the City of Golden requiring them to retain the historical character of the building and to invest into its renovation, an eventual amount of $4.3 million dollars.

Support for the ongoing project has come from club members, the outdoor industry and local foundations, notably the Golden Civic Foundation and the Golden Urban Renewal Authority.

AMC Exterior Flags

“The original vision of the AMC lives on and expands, brick by brick.”


Join The Community

Multiple non-profit organizations with their sights on the wild outdoors operate out of the AMC, uniting to create a welcoming mountain community all under the same roof.

Learn more about each organization’s missions, programs and membership benefits below.