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Need a Break? Check Out One of These Outdoor Spaces Within Walking Distance of Campus

August 30, 2021

CU Denver’s campus is within walking distance of some of the city’s best outdoor spots for socializing, exercising, or simply relaxing. If you need a break from wearing masks indoors, grab a friend or colleague and head to one of these four locations. 


Larimer Square, Larimer Street

Located a short walk from campus across Speer Boulevard, the iconic Larimer square has plenty of outdoor seating, fun restaurants, and trendy stores. And, for the first time in years, the picturesque corridor is repping CU Denver flags! Grab a buddy and head over to the Square for a CU Denver selfie. (Tag @cudenver on social media so we can see!)

People strolling in Larimer Square

Ninth Street Historic Park, 1068 9th St.

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, this is your spot. The hidden historic gem located on the south side of the Auraria campus is lined with 14 homes built between the late 19th and early 20th century and a beautiful green lawn running through the middle. If you’re hungry, check out Los Molinos, 906 Curtis St., for some authentic tacos. 

Ninth Street Historic Park
Source: wikipedia.org

Confluence Park, 2250 15th St. 

To beat the heat during the final months of summer, head to Confluence Park. Within walking distance of campus, the park boasts a sandy beach and pristine views of the downtown Denver skyline.  

People hanging out at Confluence Park on a beautiful day
Source: https://www.uncovercolorado.com/public-parks/confluence-park-denver/

Cherry Creek Trail

If you’re looking for some exercise, grab your walking shoes or bike and head to the Cherry Creek Trail. The 40-mile paved trail begins in downtown Denver—you can hop on at Confluence Park—and runs south. The peaceful path is adjacent to a stream in case you need to cool off. 

People strolling across Cherry Creek Trail
Source: https://greatruns.com/denver-cherry-creek/