I have had the pleasure of flying through Denver International Airport (DIA) three times now. Each visit to Denver I am more and more impressed by this enormous 35,000 acre facility. Not only is the airport designed to be functional, for future growth, and sized to avoid noise impact issues with its neighbors, but it is an architectural and artistic gem that includes many environmentally friendly features like solar power generation and both internal and external passenger rail.
Even if you are not a Denver Bronco’s fan, anyone has to be impressed by the magnificent sky-high blue mustang statue by the late sculptor Luiz Jimenez located south of the main highway entrance to Jeppesen Terminal. In addition, the terminal building’s awesome snow-capped Rocky Mountain replica rooftop is truly inspiring, though I must admit it also looks like Native American teepees on the prairie to me.
Functionally, the airport has three satellite concourses (A, B, and C) where passengers board flights and/or disembark. These are connected to the main terminal by an efficient (and very busy) automated, dual-track automated transit system. Very soon, the Jeppesen Terminal will be directly connected to downtown Denver by the high-speed East Rail commuter line.
A magnificent new railway station is currently under construction abutting the Jeppesen Terminal that will provide this speedy link to Union Station in downtown Denver.
If walking is your preference, Concourse A is also connected to the Jeppesen Terminal by a seriously cool skybridge. The skybridge s my personally preferred route to Concourse A because you have such great views of the airport tarmac, taxiing aircraft, and the inspiring Rockies to the west. Kids will love the views.
Kudos to everyone in Denver for providing the traveling public with this amazing airport. Kudos as well to all of those who work in and around the airport, as I have found them to be friendly and helpful. Denver International has easily become my favorite major airport, as despite is tremendous size and scale, you feel it was designed to be enjoyable on a human scale as well. Here are some more photos of this incredible airport.