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Denver isn’t actually in the Rocky Mountains, but sits east of them on the plains. Still, at 5280 feet, our weather can be a little, well, rocky. Today, for example, we should see a temperature of about 80 degrees. Tomorrow, a little cooler. Thursday, we’re looking at a high in the 40s with rain and possibly even a little snow. So, as much as we tried to schedule perfect weather for your visit to Denver, we are now encouraging you to bring warm clothing and umbrellas. For updates on weather, check or

Even though it may be damp for the first part of your visit, we encourage those of you who are visiting from lower altitudes to stay hydrated. If you’re not used to it, the altitude can make you feel weak, dizzy or headachy. Your best defense is to drink plenty of fluids and not push yourself-we’ll give you a bottle of water at the registration desk as a reminder. And, even though it may be cloudy at times, sun block is never a bad idea at higher altitudes.

One last caveat not related to weather or altitude at all: there are two Hyatt hotels in downtown Denver. The Grand Hyatt is the conference hotel; the Hyatt Regency is a few blocks away at the Convention Center. So, make sure you get to the correct Hyatt so you won’t miss any of the action!

Tom Riedel
Local Arrangements Co-chair


Whenever rock stars come to Denver, we read in the newspaper that they shop at two unique stores downtown: Rockmount Ranch Wear and Cry Baby Ranch. Rockmount introduced the first western shirts with snaps and the first commercially produced bolo ties. Rockmount’s founder, Jack Weil, still works at the store daily at the age of 107! The store has been at 1626 Wazee Street in LoDo since it opened in 1946. Cry Baby Ranch is located at 1421 Larimer Street in historic Larimer Square. If you’re looking for western goods and tchotchkes, you can find clothing, gifts, baby items, music, linens, as well as items for your home and garden. There’s plenty of other shopping and dining in Larimer Square, plus a favorite Denver hangout for coffee, The Market. Check out your options at

Two shopping malls anchor the 16th Street Mall: Denver Pavilions, a block and a half from the Grand Hyatt, and Tabor Center at the northwest end of 16th Street. And, of course you’ll find many places in-between where you can stock up on Colorado Rockies (and Nuggets and Broncos and Avalanche and Crush) wear, and commemorative souvenirs of the upcoming Democratic National Convention. For other shopping options, see

Tom Riedel
Local Arrangements Co-chair

One of the pleasures in visiting a city is exploring some of the great places to eat. Downtown Denver offers many choices within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt.

Restaurant Guides:

Restaurant guides are available from the conference web site under “about Denver”. You’ll find a guide compiled from a survey of staff from the Denver Art Museum and local ARLIS/NA-Mountain West members listing their favorite downtown spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a guide produced by the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. See for access to the guides.

Dine Outs:

On Saturday night and Monday night during the conference, we have made arrangements for “Dine Outs” – reservations for groups of up to 10 people at several nearby restaurants. It will be helpful for our planning purposes if you sign up in advance by email, but you may also sign up during the conference at the Hospitality Desk. For more information, including a list of the Dine Outs restaurants, links to their web sites, and contact information for signing up, please see This is a great way to gather with old friends for dinner, and to meet new friends too.

We’ll see you in Denver soon!

Lisa Blankenship
Hospitality Desk Coordinator & ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter Chair

Public Sculpture Self Guided Tour Brochure

Denver Gallery Guide

Cherry Creek Bike Path

Denver is a city of outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy a bit of that culture by walking the Cherry Creek bike path, along the Cherry Creek, down to Confluence Park. Cherry Creek is about 7 blocks from the hotel. Confluence park is about 1 ½ miles from the hotel. According to Westword, an independent, free weekly Denver newspaper, “you’ll dodge bums, baby strollers and bicyclists, then tackle the impressive rise leading to Confluence Park. Take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy the view — which often includes several neophyte kayakers rolling over onto their heads in the South Platte, as well as all the mind-blowing construction in the Platte Valley. Now head across the bridge and over to the Starbucks at REI: You’ve earned your latte grande.”


We’ve listed just a few of the attractions to be seen in Denver, concentrating on the downtown area. There are far more for you to explore, so here are links to help you get acquainted with the rest, plus a link to the Events calendar, to help you discover what will be happening during your stay here.

Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

Denver Events

Denver Attractions

Denver Neighborhoods

Peggy Keeran
Local Arrangements Co-chair

Denver Public Library

In 1889, the first public library in Denver was established, and the first Central Library, a Carnegie building, was funded in 1910. Burnham-Hoyt designed a new structure, which opened in 1956. When new space was necessary, the city’s voters approved the funding to expand the library by building a new addition, which was designed by Michael Graves. Enjoy the art around and in the library:

Colorado History Museum

Explore Colorado’s diverse past and present when you visit Colorado’s own history museum. The fascinating exhibits feature Indian buffalo hunts, mining in the Rocky Mountains and life in early Denver. Detailed dioramas, historic photos, artifacts and much more tell the stories of Colorado through the years.

U.S. Mint in Denver

The United States Mint at Denver manufactures all denominations of circulating coins, coin dies, the Denver “D” portion of the annual uncirculated coin sets and commemorative coins authorized by the U. S. Congress.

Peggy Keeran
Local Arrangements Co-chair

Cinco de Mayo – May 2-4

Spice up your weekend and head to Civic Center Park for the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the United States! Mexican culture fills the park with arts and crafts, strolling Mariachi bands, colorfully costumed Aztec dancers, several stages featuring traditional and contemporary Latino entertainment and a variety of Mexican culinary delights!


Lower Downtown, or “LoDo” as it is affectionately known, is a thriving, mixed-use neighborhood of 25 square blocks located in Denver’s premier historic district. The area is home to more than 20 art galleries, nearly 100 restaurants and clubs, dozens of professional, service and retail businesses, and approximately 1,000 residential units (mostly lofts).

Tattered Cover

Denver’s largest independent bookstore, with two locations. Visit the Historic LoDo Store, just a few blocks down the 16th Street mall, at 16th and Wynkoop.

Coors Field

Coors Field is a must-see for anyone who visits the Denver area. Located in the heart of Lower Downtown, this magnificent landmark provides the ultimate event space for groups looking for a unique venue. Coors Field offers six amazing dining venues that boast casual elegance and breathtaking views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. For Rockies tickets, click here:

Colorado Rockies v. Los Angeles Dodgers, May 2-4

Colorado Rockies v. St. Louis Cardinals, May 5-8

Union Station

Opened in 1914, the station is still the center of rail activity in Denver and serves as the station for both Light Rail and AMTRAK. The basement contains one of the largest model railroad layouts in the nation and is open to the public on the last Friday evening of every month.

Brown Palace Hotel

This was the world’s first atrium hotel, built in 1892 with a seven-story open space lobby topped by a stained glass skylight. For fun facts about this historic downtown hotel, visit

Peggy Keeran
Local Arrangements Co-chair

Denver Art Museum

**All registered attendees will receive a free pass to the museum.**

Visit Denver’s newest landmark. The Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building is an architectural work of art. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, it will change the way you experience art and architecture. Explore the Museum’s galleries showcasing a world-famous American Indian art collection, as well as art from around the world. At ARLIS/NA at Altitude: A Big DAM Party, entry to the Inspiring Impressionism exhibit will be provided.

Note: The North Building of the art museum will not be open on the night of the DAM party-so if you’d like to see The Quilts of Gee’s Bend show or the collections in that building, you’ll need to make a separate visit.

Museum of Contemporary Art

**All registered attendees will be entitled to discounted admission to the MCA.**

Denver’s first and only contemporary art museum opened in October 2007. Designed by David Adjaye, one of the leading architects in the world today, the MCA is actively pursuing LEED certification, which would make it the first contemporary art museum in the country to achieve such status.

Museo de las Americas

The Museo de las Americas is the only museum in the Rocky Mountain Region focusing on the art, history, and culture of Latinos in the Americas from ancient times to the present. See beautiful Spanish Colonial art from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Pre-Columbian objects, contemporary works and much more!

For a list of other Denver area museums:

Peggy Keeran
Local Arrangements Co-chair