Region 8

Directions and Visitor Information - U.S. EPA Region 8

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Overview of the building, Library and Environmental Information Service Center

The EPA Region 8 office is at 1595 Wynkoop Street, along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. The building is located adjacent to Union Station and across from the Tattered Cover bookstore.


Visitors to EPA's regional office must show identification and pass through security screening at the building entrance

The EPA Region 8 Environmental Information Service Center is located on the ground floor, and the Region 8 Technical Library is located on the second floor. Mailing addresses are found on the contacts page.


Security at our building

The EPA Region 8 office building is a Level-4-security building, similar to what you experience at the airport. All visitors need to bring a government-issued photo ID (i.e., a driver's license). You will be asked to show this ID as you enter the lobby.

Please arrive at the building 15 minutes before any talks or events you have scheduled. Our security screening process is similar to screening at the airport: you will be asked to walk through a magnetometer (removing metal objects from your pockets), and your coats, bags etc. will be x-rayed. We regret that we do not have facilities to check coats or bags. You will be provided with a visitor badge after you pass through security. Please wear this at all times while you are in the building.

Video, as well as photos of any kind, are not allowed. Also, NO weapons of any kind are allowed in the building. This includes mace, knives, guns, etc. You will not be permitted in the building if you have any of these items.

A note about the appearance of the lobby: our building recently experienced a failure of one of the tempered glass panels on an atrium walkway.  As a precautionary measure, all of the glass panels were replaced with plywood and a protective walkway was installed through our atrium.  The building owners are currently exploring other substitute materials for replacing the glass panels on the walkways, and the atrium will be re-opened as soon as the process is completed. 


Driving directions

If coming from Denver International Airport

Follow the "Airport Exit" signs to proceed south and west on Pena Boulevard for about 9 miles. Keep following the natural turn to the right as Pena Blvd. turns into Interstate 70 West, heading toward downtown. Follow I-70 West for 10 miles before exiting onto I-25 South. Two miles after turning south on I-25, take the Speer Avenue South exit and make a left towards downtown and the Pepsi Center. Upon crossing the Interstate, you will see the Pepsi Center on your right. Stay left and make a left at the stop light on Wewatta Street (there is a lefthand turn lane provided). Head across a small bridge and go straight until you reach 15th Street. Make a right oin 15th Street, and your first left on Wynkoop Street. The EPA building is on the left, with the building entrance off of 16th Street.

If coming from the north, south or west

Take Interstate 25 to the Speer Boulevard South exit and follow the directions two paragraphs above.


Dining, hotels and entertainment near the Region 8 office

For those seeking places to dine, the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian mall (closed to auto traffic) has many restaurants and a free bus running its 16-block length.

Other helpful links:

Note: the information below links to Web sites outside the U.S. EPA Web site. Exit These links are for your convenience. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the U.S. EPA of any private sector Web site, product, or service. The U.S. EPA does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these Web sites.

Denver calendar of events

Denver hotels

Hotel rate specials from Denver.com

Downtown Denver restaurants

Denver weather

Denver Center for the Performing Arts
The Center is located four blocks from Region 8, at 14th and Curtis. For admissions and general information call 303-893-4000

Best of Denver
Source: Westword, Denver's weekly newspaper


Parking resources

Public parking lots and garages in downtown Denver

View an interactive parking map of all downtown parking (requires Flash) Exit

Downtown Denver maps
This page features a wide variety of amazing interactive maps and includes detailed information on hotels, restaurants and parking


Restaurants near the Region 8 office

View an interactive map provided by Google of restaurants near the Region 8 office.

Denver.com's list of restaurants in Lower Downtown
Note: any location listed as "Lower Downtown" ("LoDo") locations is within five blocks of the Region 8 office.


An introduction to the Region 8 states

EPA's Region 8 office in Denver works to protect human health and the environment in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 sovereign tribal nations. We share this challenging work with many partners – state, local and tribal governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, communities and individuals.

EPA Region 8 is unique. Our states encompass the heart of the American West, including much of the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and Colorado Plateau. Over two-thirds of our roughly 10 million people live in two distinct bands of urban development – Colorado's Front Range and Utah's Wasatch Front. The Region is also home to some of the most rural counties in the nation. Characterized by vast open spaces– mountains, plains, canyons and deserts – and small, concentrated population centers, these areas still maintain some of the wild, frontier character that many associate with the West. They also contain many of our nation's most recognizable landscapes, including Yellowstone, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Badlands, Zion, and dozens more national parks and monuments, millions of acres of forests, and even more range, farm and grassland.

Our Region is arid, placing a premium on the availability and quality of water resources to meet competing demands from farmers, municipalities, recreationists and ecological needs. Many rivers originate in the Rocky Mountain states including the Missouri, Rio Grande, Colorado, Arkansas and Platte Rivers; their waters are a vital source of life for people, plants and animals.

Land ownership patterns influence EPA's work in Region 8. Public lands - including those managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service – comprise over one-third of the land area in our Region. Tribal nations, which collectively cover an area greater than the size of Tennessee, are also prominent. EPA Region 8 works closely with our sister agencies and each of these 27 sovereign nations to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment.

Above all, our Region is defined by an abundance of natural resources, from fossil fuel deposits to vast expanses of wilderness rich in natural diversity. These resources support our states, tribes and local communities and are a vital part of our regional and national identity. Region 8's economies – including agriculture, energy development, mining, recreation and tourism – thrive on these resources.

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