Welcome to Denver

Denver is a cosmopolitan city located in the scenic eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The city traces its origins to a gold mining camp established in 1858 during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. The frontier community of covered wagons and log cabins was created to support the miners who traveled to the area. The Great Fire of 1863, the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the mining community have played important roles in the city's history.

Denver is serviced by an award-winning airport situated approximately 35 minutes northwest of downtown. The 105th meridian that marks the Mountain Time Zone passes through Denver's Union Station. A surveyed spot on the western steps of the state capitol building is 5,280 feet above sea level. This is why the municipality is known as the "Mile High City." A round brass cap marks the exact location. The city's other nicknames, such as Queen City of the West, pay homage to its relationship with Wall Street and agriculture.

Denver has four distinct seasons and more than 300 days of annual sunshine. The mild winters, moderate summers and low humidity enable visitors to enjoy a wide assortment of recreational activities. Visitors can explore the city by taking a pedi-cab, boat, horse or carriage ride. You can rollerblade, swim or bike at Washington Park, the city's largest public green space. The park has lakes, gardens, tennis courts and free outdoor concerts.

The city has a 23-acre botanical garden and an 80-acre zoo. There is a wide range of hands-on museums. Visitors can explore the history and geology of the area during a canoe trip with museum guides. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has a planetarium and exhibits that feature 3,000-year old mummies, Pompeii, gems and the arctic region. Other popular attractions include the U.S. Mint, Confluence Park, LoDo Historic District, Denver Art Museum, Larimer Square, Pedestrian Mall and the downtown theme and water parks.

The Mile High City is the most populous and one of the most culturally diverse municipalities in Colorado. Visitors experience the city's unique culture by attending one of the ethnic festivals that celebrate Irish, Greek, Italian, Asian and African American heritages.

Denver is a haven for shoppers and foodies. There is a wide selection of trendy boutiques and avant-garde restaurants. The city's historic landmarks and cultural events enable you to experience the city's unique blend of the Wild West and refined ambiance.