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Denver & Colorado

Denver, the Mile High City, is just minutes away with many options for fun and culture


Discover the best of both worlds right outside your door at DU - literally.  Enjoy countless adventures in the great outdoors of the vast Rocky Mountains or explore the diverse cultural attractions, sporting events and vibrant city scene of Colorado's Mile High City. It's all here, and it's all part of the life-enriching experience that awaits you at DU.

Find ways to ride, walk or roll to destinations across Colorado by visiting the DU Transportation Center.

Strolling down the 16th Street Mall in Denver, CO

Denver is home to a wide range of exceptional urban amenities, including world-class museums, award-winning restaurants, trendy clubs and shopping areas, and some of the best teams in major league sports. Add to that one of the nation's largest city park systems, 90 golf courses and 650 miles of paved bike paths, and you realize why Denver is the place to be.

Highlights to Explore

  • Around the Neighborhood You don't have to go far to explore some of Denver's most distinctive hot spots, including:
    • South Pearl Street Meander through blocks of funky shops, restaurants, bookstores and Stella's coffee house.
    • Santa Fe Art District Spend an afternoon exploring all the small galleries, ethnic restaurants and the Museo de las Americas.
    • The Gothic (just around the corner from DU) Catch a performance at this urban landmark, which is Denver's hippest concert venue.
    • Baker and West Wash Park (just 4 miles from DU) Catch an indie film at the Mayan or browse through countless galleries, coffee shops, used bookstores and vintage clothing shops.
    • Capitol Hill (just 5 miles from DU) Explore an eclectic mix of historic mansions and street-level commerce as well as Denver's state capitol.
    • Golden Triangle (just 7 miles from DU) Be sure to visit this epicenter of cultural amenities, including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library and the Acoma Center.
    • LoDo (Lower Downtown) (just 8 miles from DU) Find everything from pub fare to haute cuisine, plus some of the best dance clubs and venues in the country.
    • Highland and West Highland (just 8.5 miles from DU) Immerse yourself in the cultural history and diversity of this city neighborhood, where you'll find ethnic churches, restaurants and community centers.
  • Top teams in every league You'll find plenty to cheer about, whether you're a fan of baseball, basketball, football, hockey or just about any other sport. Denver is home to eight pro teams, including the Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche.
Explore nature and outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains

Get enviable access to some of the best recreational activities and destinations in the world. In every season - and for every kind of outdoor enthusiast - the Rocky Mountains offer endless opportunities for fun, adventure and pure relaxation. You can look forward to:

  • More than 10 world-class ski resorts, including Aspen/Snowmass, Vail and Breckenridge.
  • 15 national parks, monuments and historic sites.
  • More than 40 state parks and countless open space recreation areas.
  • 54 mountains that reach 14,000 feet or higher (aka, 14ers).
  • Exceptional whitewater kayaking, rafting and fly fishing.
  • Miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and just plain wandering.