Aerial view of a landscaped backyard area.

The Hydro Backyard is open!

When you visit Spur next, visit The Backyard to explore landscape architecture showcasing Colorado watersheds and enjoy a cup of Western Daughters coffee in the sunshine. Or head to the 3rd floor of Hydro to observe Denver Water lab technicians conducting tests to ensure safe drinking water in Denver Water’s new state-of-the-art water quality lab — the researchers conduct over 200,000 tests from 77 watersheds each year! Or check out The Riverfront, recently opened by the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center, with walking paths along the South Platte River and an amphitheater.


Subscribe to the Spur podcast

Spur of the Moment is the podcast of CSU Spur, featuring conversations with experts in food, water, and health about how they are tackling big challenges in their fields. In the latest episode, host Jocelyn Hittle talks with Brad Udall, a senior water and climate research scientist at Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Center focused on the Colorado River Basin, hydrology, and policy-related concerns of the American West.

What’s your Spur?

Where world-class research is on-display

A free Denver destination providing immersive learning experiences and cutting-edge research, visible to every visitor. Entertainment, retail, art, dining… CSU Spur is open year-round with something for everyone.

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CSU Spur will host indoor and outdoor concerts, festivals, conferences and cultural events, family activities, and dining.

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Offering youth programs, community classes, certifications, and select master’s degrees, CSU Spur welcomes learners of all ages.

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CSU Spur will be home to eight public art installations, a theater, and studios where you can watch artists create.

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Convenient, comfortable, invigorating… with super-fast Wi-Fi, surrounded by innovation — need we say more?

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With food grown on-premise, you can enjoy a healthy meal in the CSU Spur farm-to-table café, a latte while you walk around Spur, or a post-work cocktail with a friend (part of the Hydro building, opening in 2023).

CSU Spur is just getting going