Small, but Dense, Union Station Urban Hiking Denver
Union Station neighborhood, which is basically what the locals call “LoDo,” is a small and very dense neighborhood. If you’ve ever taken the train into Union Station, you’ve ridden right through it. The boundaries are the Platte River, 14th St, 20th St and Larimer. When walking this neighborhood, arrive at Union Station via the train or public transit and save yourself the headaches of trying to park.
The Union Station neighborhood is loaded with goodies. You’ve got some of Denver’s most fun restaurants, the fabulous Union Station, awe-inspiring new apartment and condo buildings, good parks, great pedestrian bridges, the 16th St Mall, and views all around. Although we only walked 2 miles on this neighborhood jaunt, you could spend hours enjoying each dense block. You’ll walk through Larimer Square, the original location of the original Denver (but see my post about Auraria to get the whole story.)
The Masquerade Ball…
Be sure not to miss the darling and often overlooked “Evolution of the Ball” sculpture at the entry into the Coors Field ballpark, which happens to be in the Five Points neighborhood but its entry is officially in Union Station’s neighborhood. See if you can find The Masquerade Ball!
Trains Run through It
As you cross the three pedestrian bridges on this route, be sure to eye the north/south views along the train tracks and the east/west views up the Streets and to the Rockies. This walk arguably has the best views in Denver, seconded only by Green Valley Ranch’s! At one time, the employee responsible for raising and lowering the arm for pedestrian traffic at Union Station did it every 7 seconds due to the amount of trains coming through Denver.
Finally, whether at the beginning or end of your walk, enjoy Union Station, originally built in the 1890s only to burn, rebuild, burn, remodel, renovate, and restore! Marvel at the restored chandeliers from the upstairs lounge, gobble good eats from any of the restaurants, and be sure to buy a copy of my book, The Best Urban Hikes: Denver, from the Tattered Cover inside Union Station!