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Denver, Colorado
October 5-15, 2017

Directions and Transportation

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 takes place Oct. 5–15, 2017, at the 61st & Peña Station on the University of Colorado A line commuter rail. The address for the station is 6045 N. Richfield St., Denver, Colorado. Solar Decathlon 2017 will take place in an area just to the east of N. Richfield St., between E. 61st St. to the north, N. Salida St. to the east, and E. 60th Ave. to the south.

If you are looking for information about hotels, restaurants, and other accommodations and amenities in Denver, the Visit Denver website provides an excellent source of information.

By Public Transit

For many visitors to Solar Decathlon, the easiest way to get to the event will be via public transportation. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has information about taking the University of Colorado A line commuter rail to the 61st & Peña Station, including a schedule, information about fares, and stations and parking on the A line.

In some cases, it may be more efficient to take an airport service to Denver International Airport (DIA) and then take the A line train to Solar Decathlon from the airport.

RTD's buses and wider rail system can also connect you to the A line, other airport services, and area park-n-rides.

RTD offers a helpful trip planner, no matter where your trip originates in the Denver metro area.

RTD also has information about non-RTD transportation options, including the Colorado Department of Transportation's Bustang, which offers limited weekday service between Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Glenwood Springs. All three lines connect to Union Station, from which the A line travels to the 61st & Peña Station. You can also find information about Flex, which offers service between Fort Collins and Boulder, where you can connect with an RTD bus to Union Station or DIA, and then to the A line to the 61st & Peña Station.

By Bike

Bicycle parking will be available within the Solar Decathlon village. Plan your route with the following resources:

By Car

Parking will be available within convenient access of the Solar Decathlon 2017 event site.

The best address to use for GPS is the address of RTD's 61st & Peña Station at 6045 N. Richfield St., Denver, Colorado. However, the best access to the parking lot for the station is via E. 64th Ave. and Tower Rd. (GPS may route via E. 61st St., but E. 64th St. is preferable for station parking). Solar Decathlon will take place in an area just to the east of N. Richfield St, between E. 61st St. to the north, N. Salida St. to the east, E. 60th Ave. to the south. To access the site by car:

  • From Denver International Airport:
    • Exit the airport onto Peña Blvd
    • Take exit 5 from Peña Blvd
    • Turn left onto Tower Rd.
    • Take Tower Rd. to E. 64th Ave.
    • Turn right onto E. 64th Ave. and proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From Peña Blvd heading toward Denver International Airport
    • Take the East 56th Ave. exit and turn right toward Tower Road
    • Turn left onto Tower Road
    • Turn left onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From Interstate 70 east (coming from the west):
    • Keep right at the fork to continue onto Peña Blvd, follow signs for Peña Boulevard/Denver International Airport
    • Take the East 56th Ave. exit and turn right toward Tower Road
    • Turn left onto Tower Road
    • Turn left onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From Interstate 70 west (coming from the east):
    • Take exit 286 for Tower Road and turn right onto Tower Road
    • Turn left onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From Interstate 225:
    • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 12B to merge onto I-70 E toward Limon
    • Keep right at the fork to continue onto Peña Blvd, follow signs for Peña Boulevard/Denver International Airport
    • Take the East 56th Ave. exit and turn right toward Tower Road
    • Turn left onto Tower Road
    • Turn left onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From Interstate 25 south (coming from north of I-70):
    • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 214A for I-70 E toward Limon
    • Keep right at the fork to continue onto Peña Blvd, follow signs for Peña Boulevard/Denver International Airport
    • Take the East 56th Ave. exit and turn right toward Tower Road
    • Turn left onto Tower Road
    • Turn left onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From Interstate 25 north (coming from south of I-70):
    • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 214A for Interstate 70 toward Airport/Limon/Grand Junction
    • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-70 E/Limon
    • Keep left to continue on Exit 275B, follow signs for CO-265/Brighton Blvd and merge onto I-70 E
    • Keep right at the fork to continue onto Peña Blvd, follow signs for Peña Boulevard/Denver International Airport
    • Take the East 56th Ave. exit and turn right toward Tower Road
    • Turn left onto Tower Road
    • Turn left onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From US-36/Denver/Boulder Turnpike
    • Head east on US-36 and continue on I-270/US-36 east
    • Merge onto 1-70 east
    • Keep right at the fork to continue onto Peña Blvd, follow signs for Peña Boulevard/Denver International Airport
    • Take the East 56th Ave. exit and turn right toward Tower Road
    • Turn left onto Tower Road
    • Turn left onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking
  • From E-470 Toll Road:
    • Merge onto Peña Blvd west
    • Take exit 5 for Tower Road
    • Turn left onto Tower Road
    • Turn right onto East 64h Ave.
    • Proceed to 61st & Peña Station parking