Though Denver is near the mountains, it is not actually in them. However, Denver is known as “The Mile High City” because it is exactly 1 mile (5,280 feet / 1,609 meters) above sea level. To demarcate this, there are several “Mile High Markers” around the city’s unique neighborhoods. One of the best-known markers is on the 13th step of the west side of the Colorado State Capitol building, located in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, where visitors can also find some of the city’s top cultural institutions.
Another is located in the historic LoDo (Lower Downtown) neighborhood at Coors Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. The “mile high” row is Rockies purple and sits well above the diamond, offering stunning views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High Loop at City Park in the Uptown neighborhood has several markers that point to where the trail hits exactly a mile high, including one by the Denver Zoo. At the east end of the park, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s skyview terrace is also a mile high and boasts one of the best views of the city skyline and the Rocky Mountains in the distance.
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