A sculpture of the symbol of Denver, the bronco, stands outside the airport.

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Nicknamed 'Bluecifer,' this 32ft-high blue stallion with hellish, gleaming red eyes greets visitors to and from Denver International Airport, and is the subject of much controversy in Denver. Morbid factoid: during its creation, a piece of the 9000lb stallion fell on creator Luis Jiménez, severing an artery in his leg and leading to his death.

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1. Wild Animal Sanctuary

15.18 MILES

This large 720-acre wildlife sanctuary is about 30 minutes east of Denver by car on your way to Fort Morgan. It has over 400 large predators – including…

2. Denver Museum of Nature & Science

15.36 MILES

A classic natural-science museum with excellent temporary exhibits on topics such as the biomechanics of bugs, Pompeii and mythical creatures. Permanent…

3. Denver Zoo

15.73 MILES

Denver’s world-class zoo has more than 700 animal species housed in considerate enclosures that do their best to mirror native habitats. There are native…

4. Forney Transportation Museum

16.19 MILES

This fascinating museum exhibits antique vehicles of all types – cars, motorbikes, bicycles, tricycles, railway engines and rolling stock, fire engines,…

5. Denver Botanic Gardens

16.68 MILES

If you’re hankering for greenery, this 23-acre Rocky Mountain garden is the perfect place to lose yourself. Local flora mixes with relatives from faraway…

8. RedLine

17.39 MILES

This remarkable contemporary arts center has a huge gallery space where work by emerging Coloradan artists is exhibited year-round. Fifteen artists in…