(just north of the National Western Stock Show complex)
(southeast of the corner of Quebec St. & Alameda Ave.)
Riverside and Fairmount are Denver’s oldest, operating, pioneer cemeteries. Rather than being “spooky burial grounds,” they are beautiful places where much of Colorado’s history is preserved. Founded in 1876, Riverside is the oldest operating cemetery in Denver. Fairmount, founded in 1890, is the largest cemetery in Denver with an area over 250 acres. At both sites, students will see the gravestones of and hear about governors, senators, mayors, educators and many others who helped shape our city and state, along with trees planted in the 1800’s.
You may design and conduct your own self-guided tour or activity at either cemetery.
Or you may take advantage of our suggested tours and our trained tour guides are available free of charge!
Both cemeteries have been designated wildlife viewing areas by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Bathroom facilities are available at both sites.
AT RIVERSIDE CEMETERY VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF:
Riverside has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the Historic Riverside Center for Education & Preservation.
AT FAIRMOUNT CEMETERY YOU VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF:
Fairmount has three buildings that have been designated as Denver landmarks: the Little Ivy Chapel; Fairmount Mausoleum, the city’s largest and most beautiful public mausoleum; and the Gate Lodge, which now houses the office and archives of the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. It is also the largest arboretum in Colorado and home to one of the largest collections of “Old Garden Roses” in North America.
Touring these old cemeteries directly addresses two history standards set by the Colorado Department of Education:
Have your students explore these historic sites during an exciting outdoor field trip while helping them fulfill learning goals.
Please call 303-399-0692
Advance reservations are required for all tours and educational programs except the FREE Tours.