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Denver, CO

Passenger Service: PenAir offers scheduled passenger service
Airport: Denver International Airport - 8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249
Runway(s): 5, 12,000 ft. & 1, 16,000 ft.

Denver is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 mi east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States. Denver is ranked as a Beta-world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. With a 2015 estimated population of 682,545, Denver ranks as the 19th-most populous U.S. city, and with a 2.8% increase in 2015, the city is also the fastest growing major city in the United States.

Denver has four distinct seasons and receives a modest amount of precipitation spread through the year. Due to its inland location on the High Plains, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver, like all cities along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, is subject to sudden changes in weather. Denver can typically count on having about 115 clear days, 130 partly cloudy days and 120 cloudy days each year. Summers range from mild to hot with occasional afternoon thunderstorms and high temperatures reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit on 38 days annually, and occasionally 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters range from mild to occasional bitter cold, consisting of periods of snow and very low temperatures alternating with periods of relatively milder weather.

Apollo Hall opened quickly after the city’s founding in 1859 and staged many plays for eager settlers. In the 1880s Horace Tabor built Denver’s first Opera House. After the start of the 20th century, city leaders embarked on a city beautification program that created many of the city’s parks, parkways, museums, and the Municipal Auditorium, which is now known as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Denver is also home to many nationally recognized museums, including a new wing for the Denver Art Museum by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the second largest Performing Arts Center in the nation after Lincoln Center in New York City and bustling neighborhoods such as LoDo, filled with art galleries, restaurants, etc. As of 2006, Denver had over 200 parks, from small mini-parks all over the city to the giant 314 acres City Park. Denver also has 29 recreation centers providing places and programming for resident’s recreation and relaxation.


Exerpts taken from July 2016.