Founded in 1858 as a gold mining camp, Denver is located at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level – exactly one mile high. Denver offers urban adventures for all ages, spring, summer, fall or winter.

Top Activities

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre: is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. During the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers’ Hall of Fame. Legendary musicians like The Beatles (1964) and U2 (1983) have performed here, and today, the summer concert series from May through September presents the best artists in jazz, rock, pop, bluegrass and more. Seeing a concert under the stars is a magical experience. Red Rocks Park is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

Denver Beer Trail: Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City. Explore the 20 featured breweries, most in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver’s craft beer culture is thriving, creative and growing larger every day.

Rockmount Ranch Wear: Rockmount Ranch Wear: is the historic shop in downtown Denver where a true Western icon, Jack A. Weil (1901 – 2008), invented the first cowboy shirt with snaps and helped popularize Western wear as legitimate American fashion. Many of the Rockmount designs are worn by movie stars and music legends, all with the signature design of diamond snaps and sawtooth pockets. The grandson of “Papa Jack” Weil, Steve Weil, continues the traditions today, and the store is located in the heart of downtown at 1626 Wazee Street.

Denver Art Museum: The Denver Art Museum is home to a famous collection of Native American art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world famous architect, Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle Museum District, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times. The Golden Triangle is also home to galleries, fine-art studios, specialty stores and eight museums including Clyfford Still Museum and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

Larimer Square: Historic Larimer Square is Denver’s oldest city block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile High City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest, chef-owned restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques.

Ideas for First Time Visitors:

  • Mile High Culture Pass – The best way to explore some of the city’s most fascinating attractions for the bargain “Mile High” price of $52.80 for five attractions (a savings of $25) or three attractions for $25.
  • Follow the Denver Beer Trail to craft beer paradise
  • Stop by the downtown Tourist Information Center for all the insider tips on the best ways to discover Denver.
  • Rockmount Ranch Wear: Don’t miss the photos on the walls of the many celebrities who have worn these western snap-button shirts invented by “Papa” Jack Weil way back in 1946 at this store.

Ideas for Repeat Visitors:

  • Taste the Old West at The Fort Restaurant which is housed in a replica of an 1830s adobe fur-trade fort featuring exotic game and frontier favorites.
  • Get Above It All: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lower Downtown boasts a rooftop café offering 360-degree views of the city.
  • Great Galleries: The lists many of the city’s creative spaces and the latest installations.
  • Explore on wheels: try exploring The Mile High City using B-cycle, bike share program or try a Pedi-cab.
  • Discover Denver’s neighborhoods: From the stately Victorian houses of Five Points to the hip restaurants and nightclubs of historic LoDo, Denver’s laid-back attitude is exemplified in its neighborhoods.

Special Events

A Better Place Could Hardly Have Been Chosen

As Cody lay dying at his sister’s home in Denver, he made one final request, “Bury me on top of Mount Lookout.” This exhibit, honoring the centennial of Cody’s passing, will look more deeply into the details leading up to, and following, this momentous yet controversial decision.

Armando Silva

Armando’s family moved to Colorado from Mexico in search of the American Dream when he was just five. In 2010 he received his BA in Fine Arts from The University of Northern Colorado. Since graduating, Armando has used his artistic platform to lead, educate and give back. Armando paints portraits to help tell stories, sometimes in his studio or on stages in front of thousands.

Basquiat Before Basquiat – East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Basquiat Before Basquiat focuses on the artistic life of Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1979 to 1980, when he shared an apartment in the East Village with his friend, Alexis Adler. This period stands as an important transitional moment for the artist, as he migrated away from the street toward a studio practice, and anticipates his breakthrough works of 1981. Through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, a notebook, and other ephemera, as well as Adler’s numerous photographs from this period, this exhibition ultimately explores how the context of life in New York informed and formed Basquiat’s artistic practice.

Local Transportation

Direct Rail Service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station: In April 2016, direct rail service with begin from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station in the heart of Lower Downtown. The 35-minute trip will cost $9 each way.

Transportation: General information and links to all transportation options to and from th Denver International Airport.

Denver International Airport: Get information & facts from wi-fi access to airline terminal locationns.

Denver Airport Shuttle Listing: Shuttle company prices are approximately $20 on way / $40 round trip. Please contact each company directly to confirm their rates.

Taxi Service: FLAT RATES are the same for all companies: Denver International Airport to Downtown: Flat rate of $51+ $3.75 gate fee. Trips into Denver International Airportfrom downtown are NOTsubject to any gate fees; only those trips going out from the airport.

Distance from Major Airports

  • Denver International Airport – 22 miles

Local Tour Guides

Aspire Tours: Aspire Tours provides in-depth unique experiences to explore, play, and connect in Denver and beyond. Urban Adventure tours, Wild West history, architecture and craft brewery tours in Denver. Tours to the Foothills and Rockies that incorporate sightseeing, history, hiking, photography and gold panning! English spoken. Contact [email protected]

A Private Guide: [email protected] Groups from half-day to multi-day tours in the Rocky Mountain West – we can handle all your transportation and touring needs. itinerary planning, multi-lingual step-on guides and competitive charter rates. English spoken.

A Guide Out West: [email protected] Whether you require a unique Denver city tour or a longer trip “Out West” visiting national parks, red rock canyons, wineries, and more. Certified, highly experienced Step-on Guides and Tour managers. Large / small groups / VIPs / private parties. English spoken.

M.E.M. Japanese Travel Agency: [email protected] Specialize in tours with Japanese speaking guides, sightseeing, technical visits, and home stay arrangements. In business since 1960 and located in downtown Denver. English & Japanese spoken.

Rocky Mountain Guides Association: [email protected] Your best resource for professionals, whether you are seeking step-on guides, walking guides, foreign speaking guides, or naturalist guides. our members also include docents, destination management companies, tour operators, transportation companies, travel agencies and guide educational institutions. Please contact us for a complete directory and listing of experience and specialties. English spoken.