DEN is located 25 miles from downtown Denver on an uninhabited stretch of land, 35,000 acres that supposedly house a labyrinth of nuclear fallout bunkers (if you believe the surrounding conspiracy theories). These ideas — vehemently denied by the airport — purport that DEN was constructed by the “New World Order” for a post-apocalyptic society.
Most certainly false, it is fascinating to see the airport artifacts that helped foster these wild speculations — a time capsule plaque with a Freemason logo; a zombie Nazi painting; graffiti on the walls of the underground shuttle; and the famous blue horse statue with menacing red eyes, understandably unsettling.
Chilling theories aside, the facade of Denver International Airport is impressive, with white tent-like structures rising out above the airport to resemble the surrounding Rocky Mountains. The airport excels in displaying interesting art, showcasing cultural institutions and local artists across nearly 30 on-site displays.
The “Events @ DEN” series features various public activities on the open-air plaza between Jeppesen Terminal and the Westin Hotel, rotating seasonally. In the summer months, DEN hosts yoga classes as part of Wellness Wednesdays, as well as musical and cultural entertainment (including Colorado Opera performances) on Fly Away Fridays — all enjoyed in Colorado’s pleasant summer weather.
If you’re arriving to Denver, you might need to take a second to acclimate, as the Mile High City’s altitude can be a shock to first-time visitors. And with the statewide legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Denver is mile-high in more ways than one. Maybe these chill vibes are the secret behind the airport’s high quality of service score...