Union Station walking tour

Denver Walking Tours

Explore Denver’s historic neighborhoods around Union Station, Larimer Square, or Auraria Campus and learn about the people and stories that make these places special. Students learn about technological and industrial developments and how these changes have impacted Denver’s communities throughout time. 

Union Station

Explore Denver’s historic Union Station and see how it’s changing into a 21st-century transit hub. Walk through the old warehouse district of early 20th century Denver and learn what makes it special. Students discover the role of transportation and industry in Denver’s past and future.

Union Station walking tour

Larimer Square

Learn about the Gold Rush days and city founder William Larimer. Explore Larimer Square and encounter some of the city’s oldest, best-preserved buildings. Students discover the transition of this area from vibrant commercial district to skid row—and its renaissance as a historic district.

Larimer Square walking tour

Auraria Campus

The town of Auraria was founded on November 1, 1858, three weeks before William Larimer platted the future “Denver City” on the other side of Cherry Creek. The towns eventually merged into the city we know today. After the South Platte River flooded in 1965, city planners argued for transforming the area into a university campus–ultimately forcing out the Latinx residents who had lived there for generations. Discover the rich story of this immigrant neighborhood and the community’s efforts to preserve its history.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Times: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. by request during April and May.
Cost: $2 per person; teaching staff free. Title I schools $1 per person ($50 minimum fee).
For safety, we require 1 chaperone for every 10 students on a walking tour. 
We do not provide a lunch space; please plan accordingly. 

If the trip is canceled due to inclement weather, schools will be given the opportunity to reschedule if possible or the payment will be returned in full.

Cold weather policy for walking tours: To ensure the safety and well being of students, chaperons and guides, we cannot conduct walking tours when it is less than 32 degrees outside. Due to limited access to indoor space, it is unsafe to expose participants to extreme weather for the duration of the tour (1 hour and 15 minutes). Should a tour need to be rescheduled, History Colorado staff will contact the school as soon as possible.

Reservations

Fill out the Walking Tour Request Form to make your reservation. For questions, call 303/866-2394 or email reservations@state.co.us

Cancellation notice of 3 weeks is required for all programs to receive a full refund. Cancellations with less than 3 weeks’ notice are nonrefundable but may be rescheduled within a 12-month period. If the trip is canceled due to inclement weather, schools will be given the opportunity to reschedule if possible or the payment will be returned in full.

Cold weather policy for our K-12 walking tours: To ensure the safety and well being of students, chaperons and guides, we cannot conduct walking tours when it is less than 32 degrees outside. Due to limited access of indoor space, it would be unsafe to expose participants to extreme weather for the duration of the tour (1 hour and 15 minutes). Should a tour need to be rescheduled History Colorado staff will contact the school as soon as possible.