Aurora, COGoing to Denver? Leaving Denver? Odds are you’ll be going through Aurora.
Back in the day, if you were headed east or west from Denver, the City of Aurora was one of the last things you would see in your rear-view mirror. Today, it’s the third-largest city in Colorado and it’s known as the “Gateway To The Rockies”. Aurora is much more than a stop to fill up the car and grab a quick bite to eat before heading out to your destination.
As Denver has grown, so has Aurora. Lowry Air Force Base is gone, reinvented as an administrative center. In its place is the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum. With 182,000 square feet of hanger space, it is one of the largest displays of aircraft history and space vehicles.
While the museum features the history of flight and growth of technology and looks forward, the Plains Conservation Center and Wildlife Preserve provides a view in the opposite direction – back in time. The Conservation Center maintains an open prairie space that provides a glimpse into pioneer prairie life of one hundred years ago. Today Aurora is home to the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, a renowned world leader in medical education, research, and treatment.
In Aurora itself, there are 85,000 square feet of exhibit and events space, with adequate hotel lodging. Independent businesses have found a home in the Stanly Marketplace, a renovated factory. At the same time, restaurants have grown up, with a myriad of choices from Afghan to Vietnamese cuisine. Aurora maintains its interest in the outdoors and outdoor recreation with seven golf courses, a network of hiking trails for all levels of hikers and is a bicycle-friendly community.
While Aurora has grown and expanded from being a highway stop on the way in or out of Denver, it has remained a family-friendly community. Homebuyers are attracted to the variety of housing stock, and the new housing and shopping developments. It is less expensive to live in Aurora than in Denver. The median home value is approximately $205,000 while comparable housing in Denver is around $400,000.
Aurora is often used as a starting point for a Colorado vacation. It’s close to Denver to explore the neighborhoods and museums. It’s a great starting or ending place for day trips into the Rocky Mountains to explore High Country. There is easy access to reach sites that highlight the history and scenic beauty of Colorado. Easy highway access makes exploring the back roads and small towns along the Front Range easy and enjoyable.
Aurora has become a growing city that offers the opportunity to sample the best of urban life and Westerns history and culture.