Visiting EPA's Region 8 Office in Denver
On this page:
- Driving directions
- Visitor information
- Parking resources
- Restaurants near the Region 8 office
- An introduction to the Region 8 states
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE about security and screening
The Region 8 building at 1595 Wynkoop Street has airport-style security screening. During the screening process, if the magnetometer alarms, the individual will be required to undergo a secondary search with a hand held magnetometer and may subsequently be subject to a pat down. In order to help avoid the need for secondary screening and to expedite the process, the following guidance is provided:
- Must present a valid photo ID. Please note that the REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, established new requirements for entering federal facilities. If your driver's license is issued by American Samoa, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire or New York, you must present an additional form of identification to enter the federal building. Acceptable alternative forms of identification include: Federal employee badges, passports, enhanced driver's licenses, and military identification cards. Go here for additional information for the status of your state regarding REAL ID.
- No weapons of any kind allowed (including pocket knives).
- No drugs or drug paraphernalia allowed (including marijuana).
- No large signs allowed at public hearings.
- Remove all items from all pockets and place in provided bins for screening.
- Remove laptops, phones or other electronic devices from their carrying case and place in provided bins for screening.
- Avoid shoes with metal shanks, toe guards, or supports as a part of their construction.
- Remove any outer cold weather layer(s) such as jackets, rain gear, vests, or sweaters etc., that may have metal as a part of their construction.
- Remove any metal belts, metal belt buckles, large jewelry, watches.
- Follow the instructions of the guard if identified for secondary screening.
- Taking photos or video is not allowed inside the building, unless you are a recognized member of the media and are pre-approved by EPA to take photos/video.
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.
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.
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.
- Parking options in downtown Denver
- Downtown Denver maps. This website features a wide variety of amazing interactive maps and includes detailed information on hotels, restaurants and parking
- 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.