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Five Places to Visit with Your Free EcoPass

August 30, 2022

There’s so much to explore at CU Denver and in downtown, but the greater metro area is filled with gems worth visiting, too. The university’s partnership with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) allows Lynx to travel from place to place more conveniently (who wants to sit in I-25 traffic?)—and for free.

From now through July 31, 2023, the RTD Mobile CollegePass is available to CU Denver students at no cost. The RTD EcoPass for faculty and staff is free through Dec. 31, 2023 (a RTD pass typically costs about $200 a month). If you’re new to using the RTD’s rail lines or just need a route reminder, we’ve compiled a list of five stations and nearby attractions to visit. 

City of Lakewood’s Arts District | Line: W; Station: Lakewood-Wadsworth 

Lakewood’s 40 West Arts District is a vibrant area that featurs art galleries and creative businesses. If you’re looking for an active outing, the adjacent 40 West ArtLine is a four-mile walking and biking experience that features three parks and more than 100 works of public art. 

South Denver Shopping | Lines: E, F, and R; Station: County Line Road   

This station in Centennial is close to the state’s largest shopping mall, Park Meadows, and only Ikea furniture store (give yourself a few hours to explore the multi-level, bright blue building). And don’t forget to check the calendar, book tickets, and catch a concert at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Denver International Airport Travel | Line: A; Station: Denver Airport 

Beat traffic and avoid paying for parking at the airport by taking the A Line, aka the Denver Airport Train. The ride is about 40 minutes from downtown Denver and runs every 15 minutes during peak hours. Grab your luggage, take a seat, and enjoy a scenic ride. 

Five Points Fun | Line: L; Station: 30th-Downing 

One of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, Five Points is a multicultural hub that offers a mix of cuisine (from soul food establishments to craft breweries), museums, entertainment, and parks. The area bordering downtown Denver is home to the Black American West Museum, Roxy Theatre, Five Points Jazz Festival, and more. 

First Fridays on Santa Fe Drive | Lines: D, E, and H; Station: 10th-Osage 

On the first Friday of each month, the Santa Fe Art District hosts special events that feature the work of hundreds of artists, displayed in galleries, studios, alleys, and on the street. The district’s Hispanic roots are shown through vibrant murals, art exhibitions, and dining options. The First Friday Art Walks are free, and pets are welcome!