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Directions and Visitor Information - U.S. EPA Region 8
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- For Public Hearings at 1595 Wynkoop St in Denver
- Overview of the building, Library and Environmental Information Service Center
- Security at our building
- Driving directions
- Dining, hotels and entertainment near the Region 8 office
- Parking resources
- Restaurants near the Region 8 office
- An introduction to the Region 8 states
- The Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration have strict security rules for access to government space. See the Security section below for complete details on proper ID and weapons. Note that the REAL ID Act will not be implemented at 1595 Wynkoop until 2015 so a valid driver’s license from any State will be accepted in 2014.
- Due to the large number of visitors we expect to have for public hearings, the security processing time may be longer than normal. If you have a scheduled speaking time, please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your speaking time.
- To speed up the security screening process, we ask that you avoid, to the extent possible, bringing personal bags and items into the building.
- Signs will not be allowed into the building as capacity in the hearing rooms is limited and may block the ability of attendees to view the speakers and panel.
- You will be provided with a visitor badge at the registration table, which must be worn at all times while you are in the building.
- It is not legal to possess marijuana in government space.
- There is no public parking at 1595 Wynkoop Street. There are many parking garages and lots in the downtown area.
- The Union Station public transit center is about one block away from 1595 Wynkoop Street. See information and schedules here.
- There is limited seating in the hearings rooms. Therefore, if you arrive before your speaking time, you may have to wait in a room where you can watch the hearing via video until such time that a seat in the hearing room becomes available.
- Please respect that this hearing is being held in a working office environment. If there are incidents of individuals being loud or disruptive, they will be asked to leave the facility.
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.
Image of building exterior at 16th and Wynkoop
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.
- All visitors need to bring a valid government-issued photo ID (i.e., a driver's license). You will be asked to show this ID as you enter the lobby. ID’s with an expired date will not be accepted.
- 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 and bags will be x-rayed. We do not have facilities to check coats or bags.
- NO weapons of any kind are allowed in the building. It is not legal to possess a knife over 2.5 inches long or a firearm while in government space. Even if you have a concealed weapons permit, you cannot carry a weapon in 1595 Wynkoop. You will not be permitted in the building if you have any of these items and we cannot “hold” weapons for you while you attend a meeting in the building.
- You will be provided with a visitor badge. Please wear this at all times while you are in the building.
- Unless you are attending a public hearing, video, as well as photos of any kind, are not allowed.
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.
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.
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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
Downtown Denver maps
This page features a wide variety of amazing interactive maps and includes detailed information on hotels, restaurants and parking
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.