A place for awe and education

CSU Spur is a one-of-a-kind learning playground — a place where science research is underway and there is hands-on learning and exploration for all ages. At Spur, everything is on-show — from being able to watch dogs and cats in surgery, to watching horses walk on underwater treadmills, to seeing the horse-human connection through the Temple Grandin Equine Center’s equine assisted services. 

Kids (and adults!) can get their hands dirty in gardens and interactive exhibits — you’ll be able to check out a growing green roof and rooftop garden, and learn where food comes from before eating at the Spur cafe.

A day at Spur has something for all ages — it’s a laboratory, veterinary clinic, market, museum, art studio, classroom, garden, innovation center… all in one!

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150 years in the making

NOVEMBER 3

2015

MEASURE 2C IS APPROVED

Denver voters approved the revamp of the National Western Complex to create a new, year-round educational research, commerce, and entertainment campus.

DECEMBER 13

2019

SPUR IS NAMED

CSU System unveils its new brand, CSU Spur, for the university system’s campus at the National Western Center.

MAY 5

2020

SPUR BREAKS GROUND

CSU System hosts the official groundbreaking for CSU Spur.

FEBRUARY 8

2021

FIRST SPUR HIRE

Kathryn Venzor starts as the CSU Spur Education Director, the first of many positions coming online for the campus.

JANUARY

2022

FIRST SPUR BUILDING OPENS

Vida, the first of the CSU Spur buildings, is slated to open for the January 2022 National Western Stock Show.

FALL

2022

OFFICIAL OPENING OF SPUR

The full campus is slated for completion in late 2022.

CSU Spur partners

CSU SYSTEM INSTITUTIONS

The Colorado State University System has three campuses, each with very distinct roles and missions. Find out more about our institutions.

FOUNDING PARTNERS

As one of the five founding partners of the National Western Center, CSU Spur has been working alongside a number of like-minded partners since 2014 to bring CSU Spur and the National Western Center to life.

PROJECT PARTNERS

CSU Spur is working with many important partners, who help bring relevant, educational, and inspiring programming to the campus year-round.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

CSU Spur takes its role as a permanent neighbor to the communities surrounding the campus seriously.