University of Denver (credit: CBS)
Whether strolling the hallowed halls of education or taking in the beautiful Front Range views, there are several college campuses in Colorado that afford beautiful grounds and fantastic facilities. Along the Front Range, many boast sweeping vistas and Colorado-inspired landscaping and historic architecture. We bring you the top beautiful Front Range college campus walking tours in Colorado.
University of Colorado Boulder
2055 Regent Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
Known as one of Colorado’s most beautiful campuses, the massive grounds of Colorado University at Boulder are home to not only the CU Buffs, but a beautiful campus as well. From the historic buildings to new buildings, such as the visual arts building, touring CU’s campus is a wonderful way to get acquainted with Colorado’s university scene nestled up against the foothills, affording views of the Flat Irons rock formations. Self-guided tours and campus maps are available here. Ninety-minute guided walking tours of the campus are available for prospective undergraduate students as well.
Colorado State University Ft. Collins
200 W. Lake St.
Ft. Collins, CO 80521
For a “green” walking tour, head up to Ft. Collins for Colorado State University’s self-guided tour. With everything from wetlands and low-carbon greenhouses to viewing the solar panels on the Engineering Building, CSU’s dedication to green practices can be felt throughout the campus. The impressive Recreation Center utilizes water-efficient landscaping and 100 percent use of non-portable water for watering the greenery. Receiving its LEED Gold Certification, this is a golden opportunity to check out the campus. Self-guided tours are available here.
University of Denver
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208
The beautiful Denver University Campus is located near downtown Denver. The private university is home to stunning architecture, state-of-the-art music halls and a nationally recognized hotel, restaurant and tourism management program. From the golden-topped Richie Center to the tech-savvy Cable Center, touring the campus is a wonderful Front Range walk with several restaurants and cafes nearby. The 125 acres of tree-shaded grounds are close to several Denver attractions and easily accessible off the lightrail system.
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Red Rocks Community College
13300 W. 6th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Overlooking the mountains from its perch in Lakewood, Red Rocks Community College is a smaller campus but packs a punch. The unique campus straddles a ravine in which students can enjoy lunch while watching grazing deer and foxes amidst the cottonwood trees. Sweeping views of the Front Range and art installations throughout the college make for a quick walking tour with many alcoves and nooks to discover. Home to two stunning Front Range campuses, the other located in Arvada, RRCC is home to a diverse student population and easy walking tour of the campus.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
1111 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204
When taking a walking tour with Dr. Colorado himself, you know you are in the right place. In the heart of downtown Denver, the Auraria campus is not only home to several colleges, but an interesting and rich history as told through the expert insight of Dr. Colorado who hosts a walking tour of the area entitled “Historic Auraria Walking Tour: Where Denver Was Born.” From the notable Tivoli smokestack, which is now home to the Student Center and bookstore, to the meticulously manicured urban landscaping, the walking tour of Auraria is easily paired with exploring the rest of the Mile High City.
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Chad Chisholm is an avid globetrotter and brings the best of travel secrets and expert insights to his readership. A Denver-based travel writer and photographer, Chad’s travels have taken him to five of the seven continents in a passionate love affair with the world of travel and the outdoors. His work can be found at Examiner.com.