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Location and Environment


The Campus

The UCD campus is located a few miles from downtown Denver in an attractive residential area. One of four campuses of the University of Colorado, the HSC is primarily a graduate and professional school campus. In addition to the basic science departments of the Graduate School, the campus includes the professional schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy. University Hospital and the Veteran's Administration Hospital Complex are located within walking distance.

Denver and Nearby Attractions

Denver is an active, growing metropolitan area of nearly two million people. The population as a whole is highly educated and physically active. Denver and Colorado offer a variety of artistic and cultural attractions, including the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, Botanical Gardens, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and many resident and roadshow theaters. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second largest performing arts center in the country.

Residents enjoy the nation's largest city park system, with a series of biking and hiking paths which wind throughout the city. Excellent concerts are held every year, many in beautiful outdoor settings such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater in the foothills. Professional baseball, football, hockey, and basketball events are only minutes from the Health Sciences Center campus.

For those interested in mountain sports, Colorado has a wide variety of deep-powder ski areas, hiking and mountain biking trails, backpacking, technical rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and excellent fishing streams. Rocky Mountain National Park and other spectacular wilderness areas are located within a few hours of Denver.

Climate

Even with its mile high elevation, Denver has a relatively mild and dry climate with average winter temperatures near 45°F. The summers are warm (average 85°F) and dry, with cool (55°F) nights. The sun shines about 300 days a year, and the metro area receives only 15 inches of precipitation each year.