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The USAF Lodging Program’s mission is to provide quality lodging facilities and service to authorized personnel to maintain mission readiness and quality of life while keeping official travel costs to a minimum.
“Our goal is to provide you a clean, comfortable room to guarantee a good night’s rest and pleasant stay. If any part of your stay with us is not satisfactory, please provide the lodging manager or front desk staff an opportunity to ‘make it right’.”
Rocky Mountain Lodge’s mission is to provide all possible accommodations to mission essential visitors and to the Buckley AFB families and friends. Our vision is to prove our professionalism, teamwork, pride, and service through our customer’s feedback and consistently improving our quality of operations.
Please do not remove any pages from this directory or the directory itself from your quarters. If you would like a copy of any information in this directory, please ask a Guest Service Representative. The appearance of local business names, addresses, and phone numbers in this publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force.
All hours of operation and phone numbers are subject to change.
Welcome to Rocky Mountain Lodge. Our lodging facility is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our courteous Guest Service Representatives are always on duty to assist you.
Check-in time is 2:00pm.
Check-out time is 1100 hours. A late check-out fee (same as the room’s nightly rate) will be posted to your account after 1100 on your departure date. Please contact Guest Services if you need to extend your stay or if you have special circumstances to request a later check-out. Such requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, taking mission requirements and staffing levels into consideration.
1 October – 31 December:
Pet TLF $138 + $10= $148
1 January – 30 September:
Pet TLF $161 + $10= $171
1 October – 31 December: $138
1 January – 31 March: $158
1 April – 30 September: $164
*Pet-Friendly Units: Additional fee per night: $10*
**Excessive cleaning for, but not limited to, pet and/or smoking violations $150**
Guests who are locked out of their rooms, or lose their room keys, should visit Guest Services for assistance.
All guests on official travel orders must pay in advance at check-in with the Government Travel Card. Payment can be made for up to 30 days at a time. Any incidental charges for longer term stays must be paid at 15-day intervals. 15-day will be charged at check-in. All space available guests, regardless of payment method, must pay in advance at check-in for the length of stay. Advance payment is also required for any approved extensions. All long term guests (stay over 15 days), regardless of payment method, must pay at 15-day intervals or for 15 days in advance. Guests must pay in person to verify the payment method and to review the lodging bill. All guests will sign the guest registration form at check-in. The form advises our guests that lodging personnel are authorized to apply any unpaid charges and/or missing items, or government property damages to their credit card.
There are two computers and an all-in-one printer/copier/fax available in the lobby. Fax service is also available at the Guest Services Desk. Wireless Internet is available throughout the facility.
RICKENBACKER’S COFFEE KIOSK
Rickenbacker’s is located in the lobby, adjacent to the front desk. We proudly brew Starbuck’s coffee. We also serve a variety of breakfast sandwiches and sweets.
Rickenbacker’s is open Mon-Thurs, 6am-10:30am and Fri-Sun, 6am-11am.
There is one small conference room available by reservation. The room seats up to 23 people and is equipped with a projector and a dry-erase board. Please call Guest Services to reserve.
Selected amenities are provided in your room for your convenience. Sundries and other resale items are available for purchase in our Resale and Sundry Store next to the Guest Services Desk.
The store maintains toiletries, drinks, alcoholic beverages, snacks, quick meals, and more. Deli Fresh available 24/7, includes sandwiches, burritos, fruit and more.
ICE MACHINES AND LAUNDRY ROOMS
Ice machines are located in each laundry room on every VQ floor. Laundry machines are free and for guest use only. A vending machine with laundry products is provided in each laundry room. These products may also be purchased in the Sundry Store located in the lobby. Please keep the laundry areas clean and pick up your laundry promptly. Lodging is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items. Laundry Rooms for Visitors’ Quarters are located at the south end on each of the three floors.
Parking is available for all overnight guests. If you have a larger vehicle requiring more than one parking spot, you must make arrangements with Guest Services. Lodging is not responsible for any lost or stolen valuables from parked vehicles. If you are a long term guest, please provide Guest Services with your license plate number.
Bicycles are not permitted in guest rooms.
CRIBS AND HIGHCHAIRS
Portable Pack n’ Play cribs and highchairs are available in all TLF units.
LOST AND FOUND
When personal items are accidentally left behind in guest rooms, items will be tagged and turned in to Guest Services’ Lost and Found. Guests will be contacted to retrieve their belongings. If belongings need to be mailed, guests must provide $10 + payment for shipping materials and costs. Items will be held for 30 days. After 30 days, they will be donated to a worthy organization. Personal toiletries, cosmetics, and food items will be discarded immediately.
DO NOT DISTURB SIGNS
In accordance with AFI 34-135, 1.5.3: “Housekeeping or lodging management will enter a guest room that has had a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign showing for three consecutive days.” Rocky Mountain Lodge provides daily housekeeping services. “Do Not Disturb” (DND) signs are provided for your convenience. If you would like to receive housekeeping service, DND signs must be removed before 1100 hours. Housekeeping services must be accomplished at least every three days. If the DND sign is still up on the third day, room attendants are required to enter the room for service and inspections. This policy is for your safety and security.
Dry cleaning services are available at the Base Exchange mini-mall: The Cleaners – (303) 367-1644
OFF-BASE DRY CLEANING
Superior Cleaners & Laundromat
15404 E. Mississippi Ave.
Aurora, CO 80017
Dry Cleaning: Daily, 0700-1900
Laundromat: open 24/7 Continental Cleaners
15231 E. Mississippi Ave.
Aurora, CO 80012
Mon – Fri: 0700-1830
Chambers Square Cleaners
15355 E. Colfax Ave., Ste. H-1
Aurora, CO 80011
Mon – Fri: 0800-1800
LOCAL KENNELS & VETERINARIANS
Camp Bow Wow
1620 S. Abilene St. Aurora, CO 80012
(303) 353-9913 Pet Smart Clinic
Veterinary and Grooming Services
1350 S. Ironton St. Aurora, CO 80012
(303) 751-0934 or (720) 859-8122
Tenaker Pet Care Center Veterinary & Kennel Services
859 Laredo St. Aurora, CO 80011
(720) 324-5800 Club Pet Resort
Kennel, Day Care, & Grooming Services
2170 Airport Blvd. Aurora, CO 80011
Special Friends Veterinary Clinic
Vet and Grooming Services
509 Airport Blvd., Unit C Aurora, CO 80011
Seven Hills Vet Hospital
Emergency Services Available
18325 E. Girard Ave., Aurora, CO 80013
(303) 699-1600 or (303) 625-9266
Broadview Kennels Boarding Services
2155 S Havana St. Aurora, CO 80014
FIRE SAFETY and NON-SMOKING POLICY
In accordance with AFI 34-135, 1.6.1: “All Air Force common areas and guest rooms, including TLF units are nonsmoking.” Guests who smoke in lodging rooms or damage government property will be assessed a $150 excessive cleaning and/or damage charge.
• Flammable liquids (gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, cleaning fluids, etc.) are not allowed in rooms.
• Additional cooking/heating appliances (space heaters, hot plates, propane tanks, etc.) are not allowed in any room and will be removed if found without notification.
• Never leave heated cooking appliances unattended.
• Do not place hot appliances (irons, blow dryers, coffee pots, etc.) in drawers or cabinets.
• Do not overload electrical outlets. Multi-plugs and power strips are therefore prohibited.
• Practice good housekeeping, i.e. clean-up messes, bag dirty laundry, keep wet clothes away from heat sources, etc.
• Do not burn candles, potpourri, or incense in rooms.
• Vacate all rooms during fire alarms. Evacuation routes are posted on the back of the main door and in the hallways.
In accordance with AFI 40-102, 184.108.40.206.: “Tobacco use on the installation shall be restricted to DTAs. Tobacco use outside of DTAs, including while walking anytime outside of DTAs, is prohibited.” You will find a map of the Designated Tobacco Areas around lodging in your guest book under the maps section. A fee may be assessed for non-compliance of $150.
*All facilities are non-smoking of tobacco or marijuana. Due to federal restrictions on marijuana, possession, and consumption of marijuana and marijuana products is prohibited on Buckley AFB and Rocky Mountain Lodge. Consumption, usage, or possession will result in criminal charges*
Pets are only allowed in our pet-friendly TLF units. Pet owners must sign a pet agreement at check-in and provide a copy of updated shot records. Any guests in violation of the pet policy and/or agreement will be charged a fee of $150. AFI 34-135, 1.6.2
Guests are responsible for any damages to the rooms or furnishings beyond normal wear and tear. Guests will be held liable for missing government property caused by abuse or negligence. Service members are responsible for the actions of their family members. Please conserve utilities and comply with all fire, health, and safety regulations. Please adhere to the Project Planet signposted.
• Please observe quiet hours 2200 to 0700 daily.
• Please respect your neighbors with an appropriate volume on the TV and radio.
• Please do not rearrange the furniture.
• All guests are required to clean the stove, refrigerator, and dishes after each use and before check-out. Guests in TLFs may place silverware and dishes in dishwashers and run the wash cycle. An extra cleaning fee may be assessed if the above is not completed by check-out time.
• Keep your valuables safe and secure. All rooms have a safe in the closet. If money or high-value items are visible around the room, housekeeping services will not be provided.
• Housekeepers are not permitted to handle any personal items when cleaning. If items are left on beds or floors, housekeepers may not be able to provide proper service.
• Please do not leave laundry unattended for longer than the wash/dry cycle time.
• Do not place hot appliances (i.e. irons, coffee pots) on furniture or carpet.
• Additional cooking/heating devices (i.e. space heaters, hot plates) are not allowed in the rooms and will be removed if found.
• Do not overload electrical circuits with multi-plugs and extension cords.
• Report accidents and excessive spills in need of assistance to Guest Services.
• Report, register, and store any firearms, weapons, or ammunition with Buckley AFB Security Forces.
• Check-out 1100
• Empty wastebaskets
• Restock amenities
• Clean floors and vacuum
• Make bed
• Exchange towels left on the floor
• Clean toilets, showers, bathtubs, vanities, sinks, and mirrors
EXTENDED STAY OVER:
• All stay over tasks
• Change bed sheets every 7 days
• Light dusting and polishing of furniture
If additional items are needed, please contact Guest Services. Please do not take items off of housekeeping carts if you see them. Housekeepers are held accountable for their supplies and must record replenishments.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LODGE:
Commercial: 720-847-5899 DSN: 847-5899
Fax: Commercial: 720-847-5663 DSN: 847-5663
Room to Room: XXXX (Room Number)
Front Desk: Ext. 5901 and 5902
On Base Calls: 97 + 847 – XXXX
Base Operator: 97 + 0 (must wait approximately 20 seconds for the automated recording to begin)
DSN (Government Official Calls) 97 + 94 + DSN Number Local Calls (Off Base): 99 + Number
No Charge for local calls. Direct Dial Long Distance 99 + 1 + Area Code + Number
Charge to Guest: $0.10 per minute 0 + Calling Card & Collect 99 + 0 + Area Code + Number
An operator assisted call is billed to your calling card by carrier or to the party accepting the collect call. International Direct Dial: 99 + 011 + Country Code + Number
Please call the Front Desk for international rates. International Credit Card / Collect 99 + 01 + Number, Wait for Operator to Answer
Operator-assisted calls are billed to your calling card by carrier or to party accepting the call. 1 + 8XX Numbers 99 + 1 + 8XX + Number
Applies to: 800, 888, 877, 866, etc. No charge FOR EMERGENCY on base DIAL 911
From a cell phone DIAL 720-847-9117
(If you dial 911 from a cell phone, you must ask to be transferred to the Buckley AFB Emergency!)
The Buckley AFB Medical Clinic does not have an Emergency Room. Automatic Wakeup Call to Register/ Change/ Cancel:
Dial 6000 and follow voice mail prompts To Retrieve Messages From Your Telephone Mail Box:
To retrieve and/or delete messages from your room dial 6000 and follow the voice prompts.
Please DO NOT unplug the phone cable. BUCKLEY AFB PHONE DIRECTORY
The Defense Switch Network, or DSN, for Buckley, is 847. Directions to Buckley AFB
Buckley Air Force Base is located in Aurora, Colorado, in Arapahoe County. You can reach the base via Interstate 225, Exit 9 for 6th Avenue/CO-30. Go east on 6th Avenue. You’ll arrive at Buckley on the right after 2.8 miles. If you are searching for directions via online map sites or GPS, use the address “18500 East Sixth Avenue, Aurora, CO 80011.”
The Buckley Visitor Center can be reached at 720-847-9381 and is open Mon-Fri 0730-1700 hrs; Sat-Sun 0800-1700 hrs; the center is located at the 6th Avenue Gate.
The 6th Avenue Gate can be reached at 720-847-9940 and is open Mon-Fri 0500-1800 hrs; and 0500-1700 Sat-Sun.
The Mississippi Avenue Gate can be reached at 720-847-9349 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Telluride Gate is closed until further notice.
The operating hours for each gate is subject to change at any time. For the most up to date gate information, please contact each gate, or Buckley AFB Security Forces at 720-847-9250.
Wireless High-Speed Internet Instructions
Wireless internet service is provided via an 802.11b/g signal. This signal is not encrypted, and no login credentials are needed. The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service will automatically setup your Internet Protocol (IP) and your Domain Name System (DNS). DNS is an Internet System that translates web names into IP addresses. If you have trouble connecting to the wireless service please see below.
PC Setup Instructions For Windows Systems:
Log on to the computer.
Ensure your computer is set up to use the DHCP service or obtain an IP automatically. If you regularly connect to wireless hot spots your computer should be set up for this. If unsure please see the troubleshooting section below.
Open Connect to a Network by clicking the network icon (or) in the notification area.
Choose the wireless network midatlanticbb from the list that appears, and then click Connect.
Open webpage using the Internet browser. Rocky Mountain Lodge page will appear with terms and conditions. Read Policy and click box “I AGREE TO THE ABOVE TERMS”
You will see a confirmation message when you are connected to the network. If you cannot connect or are unable to see the signal, see troubleshooting on the following page.
If you’re having a problem connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) please contact our help desk at 97-847-2666.
1. Unable to detect a wireless signal – If you are unable to see the “midatlanticbb” wireless signal. Verify that your wireless card is on. Some laptops have switches that will turn the wireless card on or off. If you’re unable to see the wireless signal, try moving your laptop to another part of the room to check if it’s a signal issue. Contact the Help Desk for support on wireless signal issues.
2. Windows machines will look like this when connected.
3. IP Settings – The internet service use’s DHCP to assign IP addressing automatically, below is a reference of how your computer will be configured.
a) Address Type: (Assigned by DHCP)
b) IP Address/IPv4 IP Address: IP address between (10.71.X.X –10.71.X.X)
c) Subnet Mask/IPv4 Subnet Mask: (255.255.224.0)
c) Default Gateway/IPv4 Default Gateway: (10.71.0.1) Microsoft Windows XP/2000 based machines IP settings can be configured by doing the following commands:
Click Start _ Settings _ Control Panel _ Network Connections _Wireless Network Connection
From here you can manage your IP addressing settings. Click the Support tab at the top and note the settings. If the settings do not match the IP settings in paragraph 3 then do the following:
From the same box Click the General tab _ Properties button, in the window that opens, scroll until you see “Internet Protocol TCP/IP” and double click it. Ensure the following settings are correct and click okay to exit all windows. You may need to reboot.
Obtain IP address automatically is checked, Obtain DNS server address automatically is checked
Microsoft Windows 7/Vista based machines IP settings can be configured by doing the following commands:
Click Start _ Control Panel _ Network and Internet _ Network and
Sharing Center _ Manage Network Connections or Change Adapter Settings_ Right Click Wireless Network Connection and click status, if you are unable to click status Click Properties.
If you’ve clicked status, then click the details button and note the IPv4 settings.
If the IPv4 settings do not match the IP settings in paragraph 3 or you clicked properties scroll until you see “Internet Protocol Version 4” and double click it. Ensure the following are correct and click okay to exit all windows.
Obtain IP address automatically is checked
Obtain DNS server address automatically is checked. Apple OSX 10 based machines IP settings can be configured by doing the following commands:
Click Apple Menu_ System Preferences _ Network_ Under show select the Air Port Adapter or Wireless adapter Click the TCP/IP tab and note the Ipv4 settings. Ensure Using DHCP is
selected under “Configured Ipv4.” IF ALL SETTINGS ARE CORRECT AND YOU’RE STILL UNABLE TO GET ONLINE
A number of issues can prevent you from accessing the internet, a few tips are listed below:
Try browsing to a web page before using applications such as email
Firewalls can sometimes cause problems connecting, turn off personal/software. Firewalls, pop-up blockers, and other security tools that could prevent access.
They should be turned back on once connected
We do not support any online gaming services (Xbox, PlayStation, PSP, etc.)
Contact the help desk for additional support
Internet service and support provided by
Help Desk Support: 1-866-help-kit (1-866-435-7548)
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL
1665 Aurora Court, Aurora, CO 80045 (720) 848-0000
Directions from Buckley AFB Main gate to the University of Colorado Hospital campus:
1. Turn left onto E 6th Ave out of the main gate. Go 3 miles.
2. Turn right onto Potomac St. Go 1 mile.
3. Turn left onto E Colfax Ave. Go 0.5 mile.
4. Turn right onto Aurora Ct.
5. Take the 2nd left to stay on Aurora Ct.
FOR EMERGENCY on base DIAL 911
From a cell phone DIAL 720-847-9117
(If you dial 911 from a cell phone, you must ask to be transferred to the Buckley AFB Emergency!)
The Buckley AFB Medical Clinic does not have an Emergency Room.
8500 Pena Boulevard, Denver, CO (303) 342-2000
Airport Shuttle Service
Denver International Airport: Approximately $40 per person one way, $70 round trip. Pick up /drop off locations include ARPC, Lodging, Buckley Family Housing.
Reservations required at least 24 hours in advance. Call (720) 847-6853 or visit ITT in Bldg. 1022 to make your reservation. Visit www.460fss.com/outdoor-rec-itt to fill out the form.
Commercial Taxi Service
Taxis are readily available and service within the eight counties that make up the Denver metro
area. Some companies may also provide service to other destinations within the state of
Colorado. Check with your cab company of choice (or directly with your driver at the airport)
for more information on fares and destinations served. *NOTE: Most taxi companies are not permitted beyond the front gate.*
*Call Mississippi Gate 720-847-9349 to inform gate you have a taxi coming to Lodging.* Denver Yellow Cab
• (303) 777-7777
• http://www.denveryellowcab.com Freedom Cab
• (303) 444-4444
• http://www.freedomcabs.com Metro Taxi
• (303) 333-3333
• http://www.metrotaxidenver.com Union Taxi Cooperative
• (303) 922-2222
Rental Car Service
Cherry Creek State Park 4201 South Parker Rd 303-690-1166
The Cherry Creek Reservoir is the focal point of the park and is a haven for fishing, sailing, swimming, and skiing. Numerous nature trails snake through the park offering hikers a chance to see wildlife, while bikers, runners and rollerbladers utilize the paved trails and roads. Camping and horseback riding are available. Cherry Creek State Park also features a shooting range and an off-leash dog park.
Aurora History Museum 15051 East Alameda Pkwy 303-739-6660
A community-based cultural center features changing history, decorative arts, and fine arts exhibits focusing on a wide variety of topics with educational programs, tours, teas, workshops, and family events offered for all ages throughout the year. It is located in the Aurora Municipal Center Complex, next to the Aurora Central Library and the Aurora Municipal Justice Center.
Southlands Shopping Center 6155 South Main St 303-627-5000
Fashion, dining, and entertainment have merged on a modern Main Street in the heart of southeast Aurora, Colorado. Southlands offer area residents and southeast metro communities a convenient, comfortable, charming atmosphere and a great place to gather. Southlands is an outdoor lifestyle center with a four-block Main street and community plaza surrounded by additional retailers and restaurants. Some of the most popular names in retail, restaurants, and entertainment can be found here. Among them are AMC Southlands 16 Theatre, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Chico’s, Bath & Body Works, Gap, Charming Charlie, McCabe’s Irish Bistro & Pub, Sports Authority, Ted’s Montana Grill and many more.
Park Meadows Mall 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr 303-792-2533
Park Meadows combines the best of Colorado outdoors with over 185 of the finest restaurants and retailers. Relax beside the bubbling mountain stream or get lost in the lush landscaping and soaring timber ceilings that are reminiscent of a Grand Mountain Lodge. The Vistas at Park Meadows offers the best in shopping and dining with a view.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center 3000 East 1st Ave, Denver 303-388-3900
Located in the heart of Denver, Cherry Creek Shopping Center is the Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping environment with over 160 shops, including 40 stores exclusive to the area such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren. Other favorites include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Apple and Coach, plus popular dining hot spots like Elway’s and Kona Grill.
Aurora Movie Tavern 18605 East Hampden Ave 303-680-9913
Movie Tavern combines the enjoyment of movies with an in-theatre dining experience. A menu of Classic American favorites is served to Movie Tavern guests while they enjoy first-run films in state-of-the-art auditoriums.
Celebrity Lanes Bowling 15755 East Arapahoe Rd 303-779-0155
Celebrity Lanes is a family entertainment center located on the northwest corner of Arapahoe Road and Parker. This 50,000 square foot facility includes the Jackson’s Sports Grill and Taphouse (with its 40 draft varieties) serving the 32 regular bowling lanes, two 4-lane VIP Suites themed after the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, and Rocky’s Arcade and Soft Play game room. Celebrity Lanes also offers the view of the Rocky Mountains at its bocce ball courts & patio. Call to reserve your group parties and events; corporate parties, birthday parties, fundraisers, and special events from 10 to over 600 people.
Cornerstar Shopping Center 15700 East Briarwood Cir
Cornerstar combines the convenience and options of a regional shopping destination with the comfort and charm of a neighborhood corner store. Located at the most dominant, high-traffic intersection in southeast Denver, Cornerstar offers superior shopping and dining experiences for busy residents and commuters alike.
16th Street Mall 16th Street, Denver
The 16th Street Mall is Denver’s hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment that stretches for 16 blocks in the heart of downtown. An environmentally friendly free shuttle service stops at every intersection to transport shoppers to more than a mile of Denver’s best restaurants and shops. The 16th Street Mall recently became a wireless internet hot spot—visitors can log on for free anywhere along the Mall or Skyline Park.
Downtown Aquarium 700 Water St 303-561-4450
Downtown Aquarium was purchased by Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. in 2003, when it was Colorado’s Ocean Journey Aquarium. On July 14, 2005, Landry’s reopened the redesigned complex as Downtown Aquarium. The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems from around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses more than 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all! Discount tickets sold at Buckley Outdoor Recreation.
Denver Zoo 2300 Steele St 303-337-1400
Where else can you visit polar ice caps, a tropical forest, the African savannah and a jungle all in one day? The zoo is a state-of-the-art habitat featuring more than 3500 animals representing 600 species. Visit with sloths, tree frogs, and a moray eel at the indoor Tropical Discovery exhibit. Or wander through the seven-acre Primate Panorama exhibit. From cold climate penguins to tropical flamingos, Bird World will inspire your appreciation of winged things. It is open 365 days a year.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2001 Colorado Blvd 303-370-6000
This museum is one of the city’s most popular attractions, drawing almost two million visitors a year. There are permanent displays on North American Indians, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts such traveling exhibits as Ramses II and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.
Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St 720-865-3500
These gardens encompass an impressive 21 acres (8.5 hectares). Specialized gardens offer visitors a variety of botanical experiences. Seek solitude in the sanctuary of the Japanese Garden, overlooking a pond with goldfish and bonsai trees. Reminisce on your childhood with Dr. Seuss, Winnie the Pooh and other favorite characters in the Storybook Gardens. The Xeriscape Demo Garden and the Rock Alpine Garden are the places to gather ideas for your own backyard. In all, there are more than 30 gardens to explore. Hours vary seasonally; check the website for more details.
Washington Park 701 South Franklin St 303-331-4060
A relic of Denver’s City Beautiful period, this 155-acre (63-hectare) park is home to two formal gardens, one of which is a replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon. The park is always full of walkers, joggers, and bicyclists taking advantage of the trails and roads that encompass and dissect the entire grounds. Fishing on the park’s two lakes is popular and there are also greens for lawn bowling, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, plenty of space for volleyball games and a recreation center with an indoor pool.
Elitch Gardens 2000 Elitch Circle 303-595-4386
After spending 104 years tucked away in northwest Denver, Elitch Gardens moved from its longtime home on 38th and Tennyson to a spacious downtown site, which allowed it to add state-of-the-art rides, such as the free-falling Tower of Doom and the Sidewinder. Besides the more than 50 rides, there are numerous shows, shopping outlets and eateries to keep the family entertained. In addition, in the summer you can alternate between the numerous roller coasters and the neighboring mammoth water park. Hours fluctuate throughout the year hence call ahead or look online at www.elitchgardens.com for the schedule. Discount tickets sold at Buckley Outdoor Recreation.
Colorado State Capitol Building 200 East Colfax Ave 303-866-2604
While the gilded dome of this building may attract the attention of visitors, the history and stunning architectural features inside hold their real interest. Standing precisely one mile above sea level, its observation deck offers impressive views of Denver, the Rocky Mountains, and the surrounding plains. At Colorado State Capitol Building, you can get your fill of local history by scanning the murals on the first floor and the onyx busts of Denver’s important historical figures. Be sure to also take a tour of the impressive House and Senate chambers. Guided tours are available and admission is free.
Four Mile Historic Park 715 South Forest St 720-865-0800
This preserved park features three barns complete with chicken coops and root cellars on 12 acres (8.5 hectares) of land. Children can pan for gold or pick a pumpkin in season. Carriage rides are available for the entire family on weekends. The park provides guided tours of an original the Four Mile House, the oldest standing home in the city. Hours vary seasonally; check the website for details.
U.S. Mint 320 West Colfax Ave 303-405-4761
There are four mints in the United States, but the Denver Mint is one of only two (the other is the Philadelphia Mint) where we can actually see the process of turning lumps of metal into shiny coins. The Denver Mint stamps billions of coins each year, and each has a small D on it. Although visitors today don’t get as close as they once did, a self-guided tour along the visitors’ gallery provides a good look at the process, with a bird’s-eye view from the mezzanine of the actual coin-minting process.
Denver Art Museum 100 West 14th Avenue Pkwy 720-865-5000
This five-floor museum is wonderfully diverse and is at the forefront of offering new exhibits. In the past, it has featured impressionist artists as well as the work of Winslow Homer. This museum brags – and rightfully so – about housing the largest art collection between Kansas City and the West Coast. Its Native American art collection, which encompasses an entire floor, is not to be missed. In addition, 2006 heralded the dedication of a new wing of the museum. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the Frederic C. Hamilton building adds to the already stunning architecture of the cityscape and has become a popular attraction for museum visitors.
Children’s Museum of Denver 2121 Children’s Museum Drive 720-433-7444
This museum creates a community where children, newborn through 8, and their grown-ups learn through play. Since its inception in 1973, the museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to discover, explore and enjoy. They offer interactive play-scapes (hands-on exhibits), engaging daily programming and exciting year-round special events.
Kirkland Museum Fine & Decorative Art 1311 Pearl St 303-832-8576
Kirkland Museum Fine & Decorative Art displays an internationally important collection of 20th-century decorative arts with more than 3,000 examples of Arts & Crafts, Wiener Werkstätte, Art Nouveau, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, and Pop Art. A retrospective of Colorado’s unique and important painter, Vance Kirkland, and the works of over 150 other 20th century Colorado artists are also on view. Check the website for further details on upcoming events.
Colorado History Museum 1200 Broadway 303-447-8679
The Colorado Historical Society’s permanent exhibits include “The Colorado Chronicle,” an 1800-to-1949 timeline that uses biographical plaques and a remarkable collection of photographs, news clippings, and paraphernalia to illustrate Colorado’s past. Dozens of dioramas portray episodes in state history, including an intricate re-creation of 19th-century Denver. Among the other standouts, “Ancient Voices” and “Confluence of Cultures” are slickly produced multimedia exhibits dedicated to the history of Colorado’s native tribes and the state’s Pioneer era, respectively. The museum offers a series of lectures and
statewide historical and archaeological tours.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge 6550 Gateway Rd, Commerce City 303-289-0930
Located just northeast of Denver and only 14 miles from Buckley, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, approximately a 15,000-acre expanse of shortgrass prairie, has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to wildlife sanctuary. The Refuge provides environmental education and interpretive programs, catch-and-release recreational fee fishing, nearly nine miles of trails, wildlife viewing opportunities/site tours, and is a sanctuary for more than 330 species of animals, including wild bison, deer, coyotes, bald eagles and burrowing owls.
Water World 8801 North Pecos St, Federal Heights 303-427-7873
Water World, one of America’s largest family water parks, is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver, on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. It’s been rated as one of America’s top ten water parks by the Travel Channel. They feature the largest variety of attractions (49) in America, from Wally World for the tots, to Voyage to the Center of the Earth, the ultimate family water adventure. Water World has more family tube rides than any other park in America. Thrill rides are in abundance also, like the Red Line speed slide. Plenty of picnic areas are available, from covered pavilions to beautifully landscaped grass areas. We feature 3 separate Children’s Play Adventures, including the all new Big Top Family Fun Zone. Discount tickets sold at Buckley Outdoor Recreation.
Denver is home to many professional sports teams – The Broncos of the NFL, Nuggets of the NBA, Avalanche of the NHL, Rockies of MLB and Rapids of MLS are the best known. Denver is also home to professional teams of roller derby, lacrosse and more! Visit Outdoor Recreation for Nuggets and Avalanche discount tickets all season long and special pricing for others, as available.
Please visit Outdoor Recreation for information about, and discount tickets to, many other year-round local attractions and adventures! Brochures are available in the lobby for many more attractions and things to do in Colorado
Rocky Mountain Lodge:
*Temporarily Closed Due to COVID
Lodging General Manager, Joshua M. Coleman