on high, rolling plains at the base of the spectacular Colorado Rocky
Mountains, Denver is one of America’s youngest cities – and one of the fastest
growing. In the 1990s, the metro area grew by more than a thousand people a
week, climbing to a population of nearly 3 million.
facts about what makes Denver unique
Denver receives 300 days of annual sunshine.
Located east of a major
mountain range, Denver has a mild, dry and sunny climate with more annual hours
of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach. In winter, Denver is dryer than Phoenix
with an average daily high of 45 degrees in February. Golf courses remain open
all year and have been played as many as 30 days in January. Denver receives
only 14 inches of precipitation a year – about the same as Los Angeles.
Denver’s arts and cultural
scene is thriving.
In its Old West days,
Denver had a performance of Macbeth before it had a school or a hospital. That
performance took place in a saloon. Today, Metro Denver collects more for the
arts on a per capita basis than any other city. The seven county Denver metro areas
has a self-imposed 10th of a cent sales tax for the arts that raises more than
$40 million a year, which is distributed to 300 arts organizations and
The city’s cultural
renaissance can be found in places like the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Covering four square blocks, the complex is the second largest in the country,
with 10 theatres seating more than 10,000 people for opera, symphony, ballet,
Tony Award-winning theatre and touring Broadway shows. The $92-million Ellie
Caulkins Opera House is recognized as one of the finest acoustical venues in
the world and Denver voters recently approved a $90 million refurbishing of
Boettcher Concert Hall.
Denver has currently added
art museums including the Denver Art Museum’s astonishing new Hamilton
Building, designed by world famous architect Daniel Libeskind, and the new
Museum of Contemporary Art designed by David Adjaye. This is his first building
in the United States.
· Denver is near the
mountains, not in them.
Denver is located on high
rolling plains, 12 miles east of the “foothills,” a series of gentle mountains
that climb to 11,000 feet. Just beyond is the “Front Range of the Rocky
Mountains,” a series of formidable snowcapped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet. Denver
might not be in the mountains, but the mountains still dominate the city. The
picturesque mountain panorama from Denver is 140 miles long. There are 200
visible named peaks including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet and above. State law
prohibits building any structure that would block the view from the Colorado
State Capitol. Penetrating the mountains west of Denver required building the
highest auto tunnel in the world (Eisenhower Tunnel) and the sixth longest
railroad tunnel in the country (Moffat Tunnel).
Denver is a city of many
colors and cultures.
Denver grew by 30 percent
in the 1990s – an average of 1,000 new residents a week, every week for 10
years. In this period, the Hispanic population in Colorado increased by 73
percent. Today, 32 percent of the City of Denver is of Hispanic and Latino
descent and 11 percent are African American. Denver’s diversity is celebrated
at numerous festivals and events including the nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo
celebration and the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally, referred to
the locals as a “marade”. Denver has a population of 594,740, while there are
2.7 million people in the metro area.
Denver’s history is short,
In 1858, there was not a
single person living in the Denver metro area except for some migrating camps
of Arapaho and Cheyenne Native Americans. Just 30 years later, Colorado was a
state with a population of almost 200,000. It was a Gold Rush that caused this
boom and in a 30 to 40 year period Denver saw some of the wildest events in the
“Wild West.” This fascinating period is brought to life at museums, old gold
mining towns and in hundreds of elegant Victorian buildings. LoDo, a 26 square
block historic district, has the largest concentration of Victorian and
turn-of-the-century buildings in the country. Today, LoDo is home to 90
brewpubs, jazz cafes, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs.
Denver loves its sports.
Denver is one of only two
cities (Philadelphia is the other) to have seven professional sports teams: NFL
Denver Broncos; NBA Denver Nuggets; NHL Colorado Avalanche; MLB Colorado
Rockies; MLS Colorado Rapids; MLL Colorado Outlaws; and NLL Colorado Mammoth.
The Colorado Rockies have 11 Major League Baseball attendance records, while
the Denver Broncos have sold out every game for more than 20 years. Denver also
hosts one of the world’s largest rodeos – the National Western Stock Show &
Rodeo. Denver is the only city to build three new sports stadiums in the 1990s:
50,000-seat Coors Field; 75,000-seat INVESCO Field at Mile High and 20,000-seat
Denver brews more beer than
any other city.
The first building in
Denver was a saloon, so it’s natural that Denver would become a great beer
town. Coors Brewery is the world’s largest. Denver’s Great American Beer
Festival is the largest in the nation, with more than 1,900 different beers.
The Wynkoop Brewing Company is one of the largest brewpubs in the country. On
an average day, Denver brews more than 80 different beers. Why is Denver the
“Napa Valley of Beer”? Well, just as the water tumbling down from the Scottish
Highlands has made Scotland a renowned center for whiskey, the great taste of
Rocky Mountain spring water provides a key basic ingredient for the city’s
booming beer brewing industry.
Denver - The Mile High
City, really is exactly one mile high.
By an amazing stroke of
good luck, the 13th step on the west side of the State Capitol Building is
exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high. In Denver’s rarified air,
golf balls go 10 percent farther. So do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more
of a punch than at sea level. The sun feels warmer, because you are closer to
it and there is 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a
The Mile High City is also
extremely dry, so it is a good idea to drink more water than usual. With less
water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado.
Denver has the 10th largest
downtown in the United States.
Unlike some Western cities,
Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkable downtown – the 10th largest in
the nation. Within just a one mile radius, there are three sports stadiums, the
country’s second largest performing arts complex, an assortment of art and
history museums, a mint producing 10 billion coins a year, a river offering
whitewater rafting, the country’s only downtown amusement park, a new
world-class aquarium, more than 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 300
restaurants, brewpubs and music clubs.
Denver has the largest city
park system in the country.
Denver has more than 200
parks within the city and 14,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains,
including spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The city has its own buffalo herd
located in the mountains with a panoramic view. Other mountain parks include
Echo Lake, at the base of the Mount Evans highway – the highest road in North
America and Buffalo Bill’s Grave on top of Lookout Mountain. Denver plants more
than 200,000 flowers in 26 formal flower gardens every spring. There are more
than 800 miles of off-street bike paths, 90 golf courses and one of the
nation’s largest urban trail systems. Due to all of these recreational
opportunities, a federal study found that Denver has the thinnest residents of
any major U.S. city.
For more information, please visit our
Visitor Information Center on 16th Street and California which has hundreds of
free brochures and maps, or visit our Web site: www.VISITDENVER.com.
to the Mile High City!