The University benefits from an ideal geographical setting. The adjacent Rocky Mountains offer a spectacular array of outdoor recreational opportunities, including road cycling, mountain biking, camping, technical climbing, hiking, hunting, fishing, and a variety of water sports. World-renowned downhill and cross-country skiing is available within a one to two-hour drive from the Denver metro area. All of these activities are enhanced by the generally good mountain weather. Due to protection afforded by the mountains, the climate is relatively mild and dry. The Denver metro area boasts an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year. The winter is mild with average daytime highs of 45-50, and the summers are warm and dry with average daytime highs of 85. Summer nights may cool to 55, which makes for great sleeping weather.
The city offers all of the advantages of a major metropolitan center including resident theater groups, a symphony orchestra, outdoor amphitheater and a variety of other cultural activities, excellent varied restaurants and major league sports. Many nationally prominent music festivals are held in Denver and at mountain resorts during the summer, and free concerts enliven local Denver parks.