Denver 3-Day Route Preview 2023 

After 12 years, the 3-Day is returning to Denver and we couldn’t be more excited! Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, this unique city is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lending itself to jaw-dropping views in every direction. As you embark on your 3-Day journey through the capital of Colorado, breathe in the fresh air and prepare to experience all that the Mile High City has to offer! 

Day 1 

The Denver 3-Day begins with a mix of urban and suburban experiences as we showcase the eastern side of the city. Your day starts at Coors Field, named after the Colorado-brewed beer company and home to the Colorado Rockies baseball team. Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of America’s favorite pastime before strolling through the lively streets of Lower Downtown (LoDo). Located in the heart of the city, LoDo is one of Denver’s most dynamic areas, offering a mix of preserved historic buildings and modern developments.

Head toward the Denver Zoo, which prides itself in their conservation efforts including the preservation of endangered species and their habitats. From there, explore the Museum District, which houses the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and other cultural institutions. There are countless opportunities to seek out art, history, and fascinating exhibits that will broaden your perspective, all while logging 20 miles! 

 Continue exploring the history of Denver as you head toward the Lowry District, one of the most revitalized areas of the country. Nestled within what was formerly known as the Lowry Air Force Base, this now quaint neighborhood used to be a prominent training center during World War II. As the day unfolds, pass through Governors Park before making your way toward the nearby Country Club Historic Neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this prestigious community will transport you to the past with its elegant architecture dating back to the early 1900s. Finally, wrap up the first 20 miles in the bustling streets of Downtown Denver before returning to camp at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.  

Day 2 

Today you’ll venture beyond the energetic atmosphere of downtown, highlighting Denver’s most diverse and lively districts. You’ll take a short bus ride to the start of the route, where we will begin in Greenwood Village, an upscale suburban area adorned with beautiful parks and homes. Switch gears as you move toward the Denver Tech Center, a bustling corporate hub of technological innovation that encompasses a cluster of modern infrastructure. Nestled within is Cherry Creek State Park, a stunning green space that provides a refreshing contrast to the corporate atmosphere. Advance toward the University of Denver’s South Denver campus, known for its picturesque surroundings and prestigious academic programs.  

 Next, head down South Pearl Street, a lively area known for its historic charm and bustling boutiques. As you continue on, advance toward Washington Park, a beloved urban oasis with two lakes, lush gardens, and ample space for resting your feet as you continue your 3-Day journey. Take in the natural beauty it bestows as you stroll along the park’s scenic pathways. Take a detour to VooDoo Donuts, a local favorite, and indulge in their delectable and unique doughnut creations. Afterward, dive into the vibrant Santa Fe Arts District, where art galleries, studios, and vibrant murals line the streets, showcasing Denver’s thriving arts scene.

Snap a picture with one of Denver’s most recognizable art installations, known as the Big Blue Bear but officially titled “I See What You Mean.” Created by artist Lawrence Argent and installed in 2005, this whimsical 40-foot-tall sculpture is a beloved symbol of Denver, capturing the city’s artistic spirit and sense of playfulness. As your creative juices flow, be sure to capture a picture with the marvelous statue. Finish your trek in the Central Business District, Denver’s bustling commercial heart, before resting up at Camp for the last leg of your journey.  

Day 3 

On the final day, you’ll venture to Denver’s west side, uncovering hidden gems and picturesque landscapes. Start in the River North Arts District, affectionately known as RiNo, a vibrant neighborhood adorned with colorful street art and trendy breweries. Take your time to appreciate the creativity and energy that radiates from every corner! 

Head toward the Ballpark District, a dynamic space just outside of Coors Field that blends industrial charm with modern development. Known for its nightlife, this area is sure to add a bit of pep in your step as you venture over the South Platte River toward Sloans Lake Park. Sprawling 177-acres, this park is home to a large manmade lake whose waters reflect the surrounding skyline and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Take your time to soak in the tranquility of this urban retreat just outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Head west to the City of Edgewater, a charming district nestled along the banks of Sloan’s Lake where you can enjoy the small-town atmosphere. 

Continue your journey near Empower Field at Mile High, home to the Denver Broncos. This massive stadium sits at an elevation of approximately one mile above sea level, giving rise to its nickname Mile High Stadium. From here pass by the Auraria Campus, home to three prestigious educational institutions including the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. Vibrant like the city of Denver, the shared facilities, resources, and amenities of this unique cluster contribute to a diverse and enriching educational experience for the students who attend.    

 As you make history completing the first Denver 3-Day in 12 years, wrap up our 60-mile journey at the Finish Line Festival on Tivoli Quad and take in the mountain landscape one last time. Breathe in the fresh air surrounding you and give yourself a pat on the back for the achievement you’ve just accomplished. 

We can’t wait to see you in Denver, Colorado for the 3-Day! Are you walking 20, 40, or 60 miles?