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Directions To CU Campus

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Directions from the Airport: You will fly in or out of Denver International Airport (DIA). Driving time between DIA and Boulder is approximately 45 to 60 minutes depending on traffic. There are two ways to get from DIA to Boulder, one via the freeway and another using the toll road E-470/Northwest Parkway.

  • Freeway -- From DIA, follow Peña Boulevard (10 miles) south to Interstate 70, and exit onto I-70 west. Follow I-70 west to I-270 west. I-270 merges onto U.S. Highway 36 west and takes you into Boulder (about 23 miles). Take a left (west) on Colorado Avenue (first stop light). Campus is both to the left and straight ahead.
  • Toll Road -- From DIA, follow Peña Boulevard and exit onto E-470 north (Exit 6B) towards Fort Collins. Follow E-470/Northwest Parkway for 28 miles until it ends at a stoplight at 96th Street. The one-way cost for the toll road, as of April 2012, is $9.50 and fees are automatically recorded and billed through the automobile's license plate. Automobiles with ExpressToll Transponders would be charged $8.20. Once the toll road ends at 96th Street, continue through the next two stop lights and exit onto U.S. 36 west which takes you into Boulder (about eight miles). Once you're in Boulder, take a left (west) on Colorado Avenue (first stop light). Campus is both to the left and straight ahead.
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Directions from the Denver Area and South: To get to Boulder from the Denver area, go west on U.S. 36 (from I-25 or I-270). Once you're in Boulder from U.S. 36, take a left (west) on Colorado Avenue (first stop light). Campus is both to the left and straight ahead.

Directions from the North: From the north, take I-25 OR U.S. 287 south to Highway 119 (Diagonal Highway). I-25 travelers will take the Longmont Exit (240) west onto Highway 119 while U.S. 287 travelers will turn right on Ken Pratt Boulevard (Highway 119) in Longmont. Highway 119 becomes Highway 157 (Foothills Parkway) just north of Boulder. Turn right (west) from Foothills Parkway onto Colorado Avenue. Once on Colorado Avenue, just past 28th Street (U.S. 36) campus is both to the left and straight ahead.

Directions from the West: Take I-70 east to U.S. 6. Go east on U.S. 6 to Colorado Highway 58. Turn right (east) on state Highway 58 to state Highway 93. Make a left (north) onto state Highway 93 towards Boulder. Colorado Highway 93 will turn into Broadway once in Boulder. Continue on Broadway west until you see the campus on your right. To get to Colorado Avenue from the west, turn right on Regent Drive off of Broadway. Follow Regent Drive until it dead ends, turn left (west) on Colorado Avenue.

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