Denver International Airport Maps, Amenities and…Conspiracy Theories?

Denver International Airport Maps, Art, Amenities and…Intrigue?

Denver International Airport
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Denver International Airport Maps, Art, Amenities, and…Intrigue?
From Conspiracy Theories To Fact, Demystifying Travel To Americas Largest Airport.

Aliens, underground bunkers, millennial folklore, Nazi runways, and artistic depictions of the apocalypse. Have we grabbed your attention?

Certainly, these are not images typically conjured when thinking of travelling through Denver’s large, metropolitan airport! Or are they?

As someone who loves some good ol’ intrigue and has traveled through DEN countless times over the past 25 years, I am seriously wondering just HOW I could have missed all of these stories! Well, clearly, it’s discovery time for me, and perhaps you as well?

During our time together, we’ll take you on a journey to explore Denver International Airport maps, services and…conspiracy theories? From intrigue to fact, demystifying travel through Americas largest, Denver based airport.

Navigating America’s Biggest Airport!

Situated 26 miles from Downtown Denver, 70 miles from Ft. Collins, and 85 miles from Colorado Springs, it is no mystery that Denver International Airport is big! In fact, the Denver International Airport (DEN) is the largest US airport by size, covering a surface of 137.26 km² (33,917 acres).

Moreover, it is the third biggest airport in the world, behind Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) and King Fahd International Airport (DMM). WOW!

Nevertheless, biggest doesn’t always equate to the busiest. Or does it?

As the fifth-busiest airport in the United States and 20th-busiest airport in the world, DEN certainly qualifies for both big and busy! Sharing the spotlight with the likes of other major airports such as JFK, ORD, IAH, and EWR, this airport strives to be America’s favorite connecting hub, where the Rocky Mountains meet the world.

Airlines Serving DEN Present A World Of Options

Denver International Airport maps are an excellent tool to help passengers get from Point A to Point B, especially when it pertains to Airline locations and gate information.

To this end, there are 23 airlines that connect DEN passengers to exotic locations throughout the world (see Denver International Airport terminal map below).

While Stories About DEN Can Be Spooky, Rest Assured This Is One Safe Airport!

While much of the folklore surrounding Denver International Airport is scary stuff, this is one airport that takes visitor’s safety, health and wellbeing seriously.

Proof lies throughout the airport where visitors will find new safety and security measures in the terminals, security, trains, and gates as outlined in the following infographic.

Fly Denver Travel Safely
Image Credit: Denver International Airport

Further safety precautions are being taken at DEN to address the further spreading of COVID through onsite testing as public COVID-19 testing is available at the airport for employees and ticketed passengers. This service is offered through XpresCheck, a public COVID testing site, which is now open in the center of Concourse B, post security. 

Just as COVID has impacted health and safety measures, it has additionally impacted many airport services. Since rules have been changing quick and often, travelers will do well by reviewing updates prior to departure and arrival.

To this end, updates provided by Denver International Airport found on their travel alerts page may be a useful tool and for full details regarding airport safety measures, simply head to DEN’s safe travel page!

Rental Cars & Other Ground Transportation Options

Denver International Airport has a host of major rental car companies which are located on airport property, Transit Center, Level 1, Jeppesen Terminal. With this in mind, car rental agencies provide courtesy shuttle service to and from Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5, Island 4, outside doors 505-513 (east side) and 504-512 (west side).

For a complete map of Rental Car Companies and associated shuttles, it’s Denver International Airport maps to the rescue!

Just as visitors have a selection of rental car companies to choose from, there are a host of parking options as well! The parking hotline, (303) 342-7275, provides the latest information on parking availability and overhead electronic signs and variable message boards on inbound Peña Boulevard also display parking availability information.

For visitors seeking reserved parking, Denver International Airport has you covered! This service is available for both Garage East and Garage West locations and reservations can be made up to one year in advance, online, at

While writing this post, DEN’s garage parking, West Economy parking lot and the 61st and Peña lot were open. In addition, DEN’s shuttle lots, including Pikes Peak and Mt. Elbert, were closed, as was the East Economy lot. See DEN’s website for ongoing updates and full details.

While parking at DEN is a sound option, there are a host of off-airport parking choices that offer shuttle service to DEN, click here for more information

For Those Rendezvousing With Incoming Passengers

In the event that you are rendezvousing with incoming passengers, the Cell Phone Waiting Lot is an ideal place to wait for a call from your traveler letting you know they are ready for pick up at Jeppesen Terminal.

Final Approach is the DEN’s cell-phone waiting lot located approximately three miles west of the Jeppesen Terminal. It can be easily accessed via eastbound Peña Boulevard to 75th Avenue and northbound Gun Club Road; westbound Peña Boulevard to Wenatchee Street; or from East 78th Avenue. Signs are posted along all access routes and a Denver International Airport Final Approach Map can be found here.

While waiting for that call, why not stretch your legs with a visit to the Final Approach facility and enjoy a bite to eat while keeping an eye on flight status monitors. While preparing for your visit, please note this is facility is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and you can find ongoing updates to services on the Final Approach page.

An alternative to waiting in the Cell Phone Lot is to park in Garage Parking for $5 an hour or in Short Term Parking for $6 an hour. As a reminder, for safety reasons vehicles are not allowed to park on Peña Blvd. or roadways leading to Jeppesen Terminal.

Staying Fueled & Pampered While In Transit!

While at DEN, you are invited to explore the many options on hand for dining, shopping, and relaxing. With 170 shops, restaurants, and services on hand, visitors are in awesome shape to stay fueled and pampered throughout their visit and the interactive Denver International Airport Map is a great tool to locate just what you are looking for.

Fittingly, when it comes to dining, there is a mix of national brands, as well as local flavors, that provide a true taste of The Mile High City. While many restaurants remain open and offer take away option, as well as sit-down accommodations, new services are popping up! For example, there is a cool new option in which passengers can have their meal delivered directly to their gate (in-airport only). A list of participating restaurants can be found on the DEN website. Yes please!

In the event that you are keen to review food options by location, links (along with associated Denver International Airport maps) can be found below:

When it comes to other services, including spas and airport lounges, those offering in person service have been required to arrange tables and chairs to maintain social distancing (6 feet between parties). And this is true for the food courts as well. In order to find updated hours of operation, check out the Dine-Relax-Shop for services; airline lounge links can be found below:

Art Intrigue & Appreciation At Denver International Airport

The Blue Mustang statue, nicknamed Blucifer by locals, adds an element of intrigue to the cluster of conspiracies surrounding DEN. This statue, colored bright blue, with illuminated glowing red eyes, is notable both for its striking appearance and for having killed its creator Luis Jiménez at his studio.

What is not folklore, however, is the international recognition that the airport has gained for its extensive public art collection and Colorado-inspired rotating exhibits.

Certainly, great food and services aren’t the only thing visitors to DEN will appreciate! Unique exhibits throughout the terminal, including songs of the Native American tribes who walked this land long ago on the A Bridge, DEN’s art scene offers something for everyone!

Upon Conclusion

While many of the mysteries besieging DEN are no joke, not everyone at the airport discourages the speculation. Many airport authorities have embraced the conspiracy theories. Why not have some fun with it, free publicity isn’t all bad, is it?

 It would seem that this is not the case for this thriving, immense airport.

We’re Curious … How You Are Preparing For The ‘New Normal’ Of Travel?

As the hospitality scene comes out of it’s post-COVID slumber and re-awakens as a redefined industry, just what will the ‘New Normal’ of travel look like?

Our team at GOeConcierge is interested in your opinion. What do you think the ‘New Normal’ of travel will look like and how will these anticipated changes impact you? If you have dusted off that wheelie bag, dipped your toe in and tested the waters, what have your experiences been so far?

About the author

Simply put, Tamara lives for travel and travels to live! With 25 years of bleisure travel under her belt, it is only fitting that she founded HospitaliYAY LLC, a 2020 start-up described as the perfect intersection between technology, travel, and hospitality.

Tamara and the HospitaliYAY team bring their unique tech and travel expertise to the eConcierge suite of products designed to help novice and experienced alike travel like a pro!

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