Buying is always smarter than renting in 99.9% of the cases.
Buying in Golden, CO wouldn't be any less wise, unless it is a market/community not conducive to your lifestyle.
Rates are low and it is a buyers market. Yes, I'd take advantage of it.
Find a buyer agent who is an expert in Golden and one that understands your needs from a personal standpoint and a financial one. Then begin looking.