Originally a junction for railroads and highways, Commerce City is now one of Colorado’s fastest-growing economies. It’s a suburb in northern Denver, located in Adams County.
The city has witnessed a huge increase in its population in just two decades, from 20,991 in 2000 to 62,418 in 2020. It sits at an elevation of 5,164′, and with easy access to outdoor recreation as well as Denver, it’s easy to see why people are flocking to the area.
Commerce City has a total land area of 25.9 square miles. Aside from having the largest oil refinery in the Rocky Mountain region, this Adams County town also offers 840 acres of parks and open space. Here, kids and adults can engage in exciting outdoor activities like hiking and family picnics.
Surprisingly, you can trace the early days of Commerce City back to cemeteries. Rose Hill and Riverside Cemeteries were established in the town in the late 1800s. Around the same time, schoolhouses began popping up.
The area continued to focus largely on agricultural activities until the 1920s, when the industrial sector began to move in. Refineries and grain elevators were constructed, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal was developed.
Commerce Town was officially incorporated in 1952, and annexed part of nearby Derby a decade later. This increased the population so much the residents voted to change the name to Commerce City. The population has continued to explode in recent years, but the community still strives to maintain a small-town feel.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge – With over 15,000 acres of land area, it is one of the largest urban preserves in the entire country. It is home to over 330 species of wildlife like raccoons, bison, white pelicans, owls, bald eagles, raptors, deer and more. This wildlife refuge is available for public use and also hosts wildlife tours, hikes, educational tours and fishing workshops.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – A soccer stadium in Commerce City hosting events from soccer matches to concerts. With a capacity of 18,000 people, it is the largest professional complex in the country. It is also the home of the professional men’s soccer team, the Colorado Rapids.
Pioneer Park – The city’s largest park equipped with state-of-the-art baseball fields and a skate park open year-round. At the east end is a waterpark featuring a 5,000-square-foot zero-depth leisure pool, three water slides, a 250-foot lazy river, a toddler pool with interactive water features and other play structures.
- A quick 15 minutes up I-76 will take you to Barr Lake RV Park, located right next to the state park. They have 70 full hook-up RV sites available.
- About 30 minutes south in Aurora is the Cherry Creek State Park Campground if you’re looking for something a little more rustic. They have 125 campsites by the reservoir for easy access to recreation.
Fishing – There are a slew of lakes that run along I-76, and offer peaceful fishing. The South Platte River flows through these lakes as well, notorious for its trout.
Golfing – Head to Buffalo Run Golf Course and play on a multi-awarded 18-hole public course. It has five sets of tees designed to accommodate golfers of any skill level. An award-winning clubhouse with merchandise shops and a restaurant are available as well with a relaxing view of the Rocky Mountains.
- Dahlia Trailhead is located in town and is a great option for biking, walking, or running. It totals 15.3 miles and offers views of downtown Denver and nature alike.
- Second Creek and Buckley Head Open Spaces are adjacent to one another and have plenty of trails to explore.
Swimming – Read about the public swimming pools near Denver.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver – Featuring a gorgeous lobby area with high ceilings, a fully stocked bar, and an on-site restaurant, this Hilton hotel is sure to impress.
Renaissance Denver Central Park Hotel – The triangular building isn’t the only eye-catching thing about this accommodation. The rooms are decorated in a very modern, sleek style with subtle alpine touches, and the breakfast buffet is a great way to start your day.
Staybridge Suites Denver Central Park – Enjoy a spacious room, proximity to local attractions, and social happy hours Monday-Wednesday each week.
Read about more of the best hotels near Commerce City, which happen to be around Denver’s Central Park and Northfield neighborhoods.
El Lechon – A food truck that moves around town serving up delicious, authentic Mexican street tacos and churros.
Stephanie’s Cafe – Start your day at this cozy breakfast spot with great coffee and a wide menu of hearty dishes.
Butcher Block Cafe – Great classic American diner with daily specials and friendly service.
May – Memorial Day Parade – A 1.5 mile parade of military units and bands, floats, vintage cars, and horses celebrated every May. Commerce City has the largest Memorial Day Parade in the state of Colorado with over a hundred entries.
Jul – 4th Fest – Held in Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, it features one of the state’s largest firework displays. Viewers can also enjoy live entertainment and a Colorado Rapids game.
Dec – Art Show and Tree Lighting – Free event held every December at the Commerce City Civic Center. Highlights include the festive tree lighting and an art show sponsored by the Commerce City Cultural Council. Warm refreshments and snacks are also available.
Activities near Commerce City
- 88 Drive-In Theatre (4mi)