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Denver Sports & RecreationWith 300 days of sunshine a year, year-round recreational opportunities are almost unlimited in Denver and the surrounding area and include swimming, boating, golf, tennis, kayaking, hiking, climbing, fishing, sailing, mountain biking, hunting and horseback riding.

Denver has more than 850 miles of paved trails to accommodate bikers, hikers and joggers. Running along the South Platte River for about 30 miles, the Mary Carter Greenway Trail is popular with cyclists—signage depicts the area’s history, wildlife and geology. Cherry Creek Bike Path, traveling along the creek for some 40 miles to Franktown, is known for its splendid scenery. The 20-mile-long Clear Creek Bike Path meanders 19 miles through neighborhoods and countryside as it follows the creek from the South Platte River to Golden, affording views of high buttes as it nears the town. Bear Creek Bike Trail is also 20 miles in length, running along the creek from the South Platte River to Morrison, home to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

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Renowned for its winter sports facilities, Denver offers cold season fun either in the city or just a few minutes away; the closest area for snow skiing is within 45 miles. For ice skating enthusiasts the Ice Centre, in the Westminster Promenade off US 36 104th Avenue exit in Westminster, offers triple ice sheet facilities. Skate rentals are available. Phone (303) 469-2100 for public skating times.

Auto racing enthusiasts frequent Bandimere Speedway in Morrison and Colorado National Speedway in Erie. Phone (303) 697-6001 and (303) 665-4173, respectively.

Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.

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At Denver's Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., baseball fans can watch the National League Colorado Rockies; phone (303) 762-5437 or (800) 388-7625. Football season brings the National Football League's Denver Broncos to Empower Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St.; phone (303) 405-1111 or Altitude Tickets at (866) 461-6556. The Colorado Rapids, a major league soccer team, play at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way in Commerce City; phone (303) 405-6066 for ticket information. For basketball fans the Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., hosts the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets; phone (303) 405-1111 for information or Altitude Tickets at (866) 461-6556.

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At the Pepsi Center, hockey enthusiasts cheer on the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, and lacrosse lovers catch matches for the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth; for ticket information phone Altitude Tickets at (866) 461-6556. The area's Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws, play their games at Empower Field at Mile High; phone (303) 688-5297. College sports fans have the opportunity to watch the University of Denver Pioneers play basketball, soccer, lacrosse and hockey at Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd.; for ticket information phone (303) 871-4625.

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Denver, CO

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Travel Information

City Population

600,158

Elevation

5,280 ft.

Sales Tax

Colorado's statewide sales tax is 2.9 percent. Additional fees and taxes bring the total sales tax for the city and county of Denver to 8.31 percent. There also is a 14.75 percent city/county lodging tax, an 11.25 percent rental car tax and an 8 percent food and beverage tax.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(720) 913-2000

Fire (non-emergency)

(720) 913-1311

Time and Temperature

(303) 337-2500

Hospitals

Denver Health Medical Center, (303) 436-6000; St. Joseph Hospital, (303) 812-2000; Porter Adventist Hospital, (303) 778-1955; Rose Medical Center, (303) 320-2121.

Visitor Information

1575 California St. Denver, CO 80202. Phone:(303)892-1505 or (800)233-6837

Air Travel

Denver International Airport

Rental Cars

Most of the numerous car rental agencies serving the Denver area have facilities both downtown and at Denver International Airport. Hertz, (303) 342-3800 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., (303) 592-6712, serves Amtrak.

Buses

Denver's bus terminal complex at 19th and Arapahoe streets houses Greyhound Lines Inc., (303) 293-6555. The Regional Transportation District's Denver-Broomfield-Boulder Bus Service, (303) 299-6000, offers downtown shuttles and local service from the Market Street Station at 16th and Blake.

Taxis

Cabs in Denver can be requested by phone or, less commonly, hailed on the street. Major companies are Freedom Cab Co., (303) 444-4444; Metro Taxi Co., (303) 333-3333; Union Taxi, (303) 922-2222; and Yellow Cab Co., (303) 777-7777. Taxis are metered, with basic charges that vary from company to company.

Public Transportation

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates a fleet of buses in the metropolitan area. In general, buses run 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. One-way fare is $2.80. For information phone (303) 299-6000.

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