Positioned right along the edge of the Rocky Mountains, Denver, Colorado is considered to be one of America's most naturally beautiful places. Located a mile high at 5,280 feet, Denver has semi-arid, varied weather with over 300 days of sun per year. Because of this, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in every season. In the summer, endless trails and rivers provide plenty of hiking and rafting opportunities for anything from a day trip to a week-long camping excursion. In the winter, DU students are only an hour or two away from some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. This includes famous slopes like Aspen and Vail, as well as locals' favorites, such as Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain.
When students are not heading into the great outdoors, there are many entertainment options within the city of Denver itself. There are numerous choices of restaurants, theaters, and shopping within a few blocks of the University. In the evening or on weekends, downtown Denver is just a short and free light rail ride away with the university-provided RTD pass. The accessibility from campus to everything Denver has to offer is a favorite perk for students — a car typically isn't needed to get around the city. Every major sports league in America has a team representing Denver, including football, soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball and lacrosse. There is always an opportunity to enjoy a game no matter what time of year. Denver also has an incredible arts culture, and any type of performing art, from ballet, to opera, to a rock concert, can be seen at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Founded as a mining town in 1858, Denver has grown to be the most populous city in the state with 600,000 residents. Whether you want to spend your weekends hiking in the mountains or going to movies in the city, Denver is a great location with incredible opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast or urbanite.