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Denver Colorado

The unofficial capital city of the Rocky Mountain West, Denver is a sprawling city with unique attractions and diversions sure to satisfy all visitors.

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  • To reach Denver, go east on Highway 50, then north on 285 for just under 5 hours.
  • Denver is a major economic and cultural hub with all the big-city attractions and activities you'd expect from the Rocky Mountain's unofficial capital.
  • Take in a Rockies game as well as a local microbrew and Elk sausage at Coors Field.


Nudged up against the Rocky Mountains on the eastern plains, Denver is a bustling city with thriving attractions.


Denver is located at the Interstate 70 and 15 intersections just under five hours northeast of Crested Butte.


Denver has it all – shopping, hotels, entertainment of all stripes and a variety of tourist services. Whatever you need or want, a Denver business is ready to help.


Denver is teeming with shopping, dining, nightlife, art and cultural activities. Several museums are located around the old rail yards near I-15 and capitol hill. Nearby, find excellent shopping at everything from little boutiques to sprawling converted warehouses.

The music scene is the best in the west with such famous locales as the Filmore, Ogden and nearby Red Rocks Ampitheatre.


Several different neighborhoods with their own character offer varying diversions: LoDo is famous for its raucous nightlife, the Highlands is an emerging artistic center and major sporting centers and shopping are found along Interstate 15.

Check out the National Western Stockshow or catch a Rockies game at stunning Coors Field.

Getting Here

From Crested Butte, leave town on 135 to the Highway 50 intersection in Gunnison. Go east on 50 to the 285 intersection. Take 285 north to Denver.

Bring a fly rod – the drive along 285 has some of Colorado's best stream fishing.