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Take a walk into the past

And explore the beauty within Riverside and Fairmount Cemeteries.

Step into Colorado’s past with a historic tour of Denver’s oldest cemeteries; sharing the stories that didn’t make into the history books.

So many milestones of Colorado’s diverse history are represented at Riverside and Fairmount: the earliest settlers, Veterans, leaders of industry, Civil Rights pioneers, early educators and many more; at every turn the past surrounds you. Both sites are home to collections of unique art and architecture; impressive examples can be seen in many styles: Victorian, Greek Revival, Gothic, Neo-classical, Egyptian and Exotic Revival.  The Fairmount Community Mausoleum is home to the largest collection of stained glass windows in Colorado and Riverside has the largest know collection of zinc monuments in North America.

Walking Tours range from 45 minutes to 1 hour for our free tours, most other tours are 2 hours long. Our Sacred 36 tour is 3 hours long including 3 food stops. All tours cover about 1.5 to 2 miles in distance at an easy pace. Coming in 2018 some tours will have actors portraying four of five of our historical figures!

Mobility assistance devices are welcome. Fully charged scooters and power wheelchairs easily travel the Fairmount grounds.  Riverside’s historic gravel roads present a greater challenge to scooters and power wheelchairs, only those with all terrain wheels are up to the challenge. With proper notice Fairmount Heritage Foundation may have the use of a golf cart that will hold 3 passengers at Fairmount. Riverside has a golf cart that will hold 5 passengers for a tour. In both cemeteries, the golf carts spaces must be reserved prior to the event. Good walking shoes, hats, sunscreen and water bottles are highly recommended.

All tour proceeds benefit the Fairmount Heritage Foundation Education and Preservation Programs at Riverside and Fairmount.

Advance reservations are required for all tours and educational programs.

We offer FREE Educational Programs for Schools

To schedule a Tour or Educational Program please call 303-399-0692 or email: jcavoto@fairmountcemetery.net

 

2018 Walking Tours at Fairmount & Riverside Cemeteries

Guided Tours Begin:

  • At Riverside, The Visitors Center
  • At Fairmount, The Chapel in the Pines (unless otherwise specified)

 

New to Colorado?               Fairmount

You may wish to join us for one of our newest tours, “Names, Places & Faces of Colorado”. Ever wonder why the Denver Center of Performing Arts has a “Buell Theater”, or your drive “Speer Blvd, Byers Ave. Carr or Downing” streets? Where did “Elitch Gardens” get its name, or why is “Anschutz Medical Center” called Anschutz or why the blood bank is called “Bonfils”? Come tour our tour and find out!

 

A Stroll through Historic Colorado         Both

Fairmount tour begins at the Chapel in the Pines. Weaving its way through the cemetery, you will see the gravesites of William Newton Byers, John Wesley Iliff, Henry Cordes Brown, May Bonfils, John Chivington & John & Mary Elitch and many more!

 

Riverside is Denver’s oldest operating cemetery. Tour starts at office .This tour highlights many of the leaders of early Colorado including Governor John Evans, Barney Ford, Clara Brown, Dr. John Morrison, & Augusta Tabor. Meet at Chapel

 

Sacred 36, the “snob crowd of early Denver”      Fairmount

Visit the gravesites of Denver’s high society .Meet Louise Sneed Hill, the lady the “unsinkable” Molly Brown called the “snobbiest women in Denver”.

 

Distinguished Women of Colorado         Both

Both cemeteries have the burials of women who have greatly contributed to our state.

 

Well Behaved Woman Seldom make History! Fairmount

This tour speaks for itself! Come meet many of Colorado’s women who helped win the west.

 

Military Veterans Tour      Fairmount

Fairmount’s significant patriotic devotion began in 1910 and continues today. Each Veterans Day flags are place on Veterans grave by volunteers.

 

First Colorado Volunteers                        Fairmount

Our shortest military tour focusing on the Coloradans serving in the Spanish American War.

 

Civil War Tour       Riverside

Join our tour guide as he visits many of the over 1000 burials of those served in the Civil War. Find out why they came to Colorado and why many of them stayed!

 

Baseball & Bikers tour      Fairmount

Join our tour guide & cycle through Fairmount visiting the graves of those involved in this great American pastime of baseball!

 

Trail of Trees Fairmount   (currently unavailable)

Fairmount is the largest arboretum in the state of Colorado. During the summers of 1890 and 1891 Fairmount’s original landscape architect Reinhard Schuetze planted over 4000 trees as well as bushes, shrubs and roses.

 

Cemetery Symbolism, Sculpture & Architecture        Both

Ever wonder what the symbols on headstones mean? Join us on this walk and find out!

 

Fairmount Community Mausoleum Fairmount

Join us for an indoor walking tour in colder Colorado months. See the crypts, niches and private rooms of many of Denver’s governors, movers and shakers. While doing so enjoy the beauty of one of the largest collections of private stain glass in the state.

 

The Old Garden Roses of Fairmount

This tour is only offered in the early part of June based our roses blooming schedule. Walk through our rose garden in block 85, as well as other areas of the cemetery. Many of these roses are descendants planted by our ordinal landscape architect.

 

History Mystery Tours       Both

All cemeteries have a bit of mystery that goes along with their history! Join us for the mysteries & history tour of both our cemeteries. These tours are only offered in late September thru the end of October.

 

Pricing

  • Regular tours for adults – $10 member / $12 non-member. 
  • Wednesday’s “What’s for lunch tours” (only an hour long) – Free for members / $5 non-member.
  • Symbolism tours – $15 members / $17 non-member.
  • Sacred 36 tour, includes refreshments – $36.00 members / $40 non-member.
  • History Mystery tours $25 to $30 members / $27 to $32 non-member.
  • Children under 8, school groups are always free, (meals/snacks are not included) when accompanied by an adult.

 

Love history? Join FHF as a member or volunteer. FHF is a non-profit 501(c)3. All donations are tax-deductible.

Call 303-399-0692 or email jcavoto@fairmountcemetery.net for questions!

The Fairmount Heritage Foundation is always honored to provide free tours for schools.

Visit Our Events Page for all of our Upcoming Events and Tours.