Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the eastern slope of the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Denver's location provides a mild climate year round. Although it snows frequently in the winter, sustained periods of cold weather are unusual. Metropolitan Denver area has a population of approximately 2.8 million people, and the city provides a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities.
Residents and faculty live in Denver and throughout surrounding communities in affordable neighborhoods. Downtown loft living, urban family living, and suburban communities are just a few of the living choices with something for everyone available and nearby to the University of Colorado's Medical Center and affiliated hospitals.
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, Colorado Opera, Friends of Chamber Music and Denver Center Theater Company are only a few of the local and regional arts organizations based in Denver. Professional football, basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey are readily available, as are various collegiate spectator sports.
Denver is located only a short distance from the most beautiful mountains in the United States. Rocky Mountain National Park can be reached within an hour. Superb alpine and cross-country skiing, and other winter sports are within a short drive to Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Winter Park and other resorts. Kayaking, rafting, fishing and hiking are easily accessible. In the summer, the mountain communities are alive with many offerings including art and music festivals, hiking and fishing, and numerous other activities all with breathtaking views.