Visitor Information

Parking Information 

In preparation for your visit, please check out our campus tour page which includes a virtual tour and campus map. A printable campus parking map can be found here and a general campus map can be found here. There are a number of parking lots across campus. The most convenient one to the Starzer Welcome Center, home of undergraduate admissions, is Lot E. Please park in any lot with “Pay Station” Locations.

  • At pay station, press any button on right side of screen. Select the amount of time needed.
  • It will then prompt you to enter your license plate #.
  • After entering your license plate #, press “D” and then the space bar (or the # sign) on the keypad.
  • Enter your guest parking code “3124052” and press “D” on the right side of the screen.
  • Lift the handle and collect meter receipt.
  • Display receipt face up on the dash of your vehicle.

Additional parking is available in lots FF and CT.

If you are attending a weekend event, all on-campus parking is free.


Driving Directions 

From the Denver International Airport (DIA)
It takes around 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic to drive between Colorado School of Mines and DIA. From DIA, take Peña Boulevard (10 miles) south to I-70 west. Follow I-70 west (18 miles) and take exit 265 for CO-58 west. Follow CO-58 west to Washington Avenue (4 miles). Turn right on 19th Street and continue to Illinois Street and turn right. Then take your first left on 18th Street and park in parking lot E.

From Denver
Take 6th Avenue and head west into Golden. Turn right onto 19th Street and then left onto Illinois Street. Take your first left onto 18th Street and park in Lot E.

From Boulder
Take Highway 9 into Golden (turns into 6th Avenue East). Turn left onto 19th Street. Turn left onto Illinois Street and then take your first left ontoo 18th Street and park in Lot E.


Transportation Options from DIA 

Car Rentals
Super Shuttle

Light Rail

  • Take the University of Colorado A Line to Union Station. From there, take the W line to Jeffco Government Center in Golden.


Accommodations in Golden

Table Mountain Inn
Golden Hotel
Pansy’s Parlor Bed and Breakfast
The Dove Inn Bed and Breakfast
Clear Creek RV Park

Nearby Accommodations
Hampton Inn (special Mines rate found here)
Comfort Suites
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Marriott Denver West
Courtyard Marriot
Candlewood Suites
Days Inn


Things to Do

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum  (check out the Moon Rock and other fascinating displays!)
Miners Alley Playhouse
City of Golden Events


Golden Eats

Within walking distance from campus:
Bridgewater Grill
Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza
Sherpa House Restaurant
Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar 
Table Mountain Inn Cantina
Old Capitol Grill
Cafe 13
Windy Saddle Cafe

On campus:
Mines Market (Elm Hall)
The Periodic Table – Starbucks, Habaneros, Wow Cafe, Elements  (Student Center)
Subway/Jamba Juice (Recreation Center)
Einstein Brothers Bagels (CTLM)
Blaster’s Brew (Brown Building)

Office of Admissions
Starzer Welcome Center
1812 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401

Office of Admissions