A neighborhood that offers the charm of a college town, the accessibility of an urban area, and the serenity of an old-fashioned neighborhood

Welcome to Observatory Park

Feel the energy of a college town in a quaint neighborhood where mature trees line the streets.
Also known as University Park, Observatory Park is a neighborhood in Denver named after the Chamberlain Observatory located on the University of Denver’s campus. This community is rich in history. The Chamberlin Observatory houses the refractor lens telescope once displayed at the 1893 World Fair in Chicago. Observatory Park is a neighborhood that offers the charm of a college town, the accessibility of an urban area, and the serenity of an old-fashioned neighborhood where mature trees and beautiful homes line its picturesque streets. Furthermore, the University of Denver’s campus borders this neighborhood. The Denver University campus is filled with gorgeous architecture and offers residents of Observatory Park a sense of local pride and countless shops and restaurants. 

What to Love

  • Mature tree-lined streets with homes offset from the streets
  • Proximity to Denver University and its beautiful architecture
  • Home to Chamberlin Observatory
  • Harvard Gulch Trail and Robin McWilliams Park offer many activities for nature enthusiasts

Local Lifestyle

Observatory Park, situated close to a college campus, is the ideal area for people who like to be active. Residents are drawn to this region by its vibrancy and the variety of restaurants, bars, and sporting activities it offers. Numerous public concerts and seminars are also held at the University of Denver.
This primarily residential area has easy access to shopping and entertainment without the hassle of student life. Residents may take advantage of the attractions the Ritchie Center and Newman Center offer, thanks to their close proximity. Alternatively, why not stroll over to Chamberlin Observatory to view the stars? Regardless of your preferences, Observatory Park is an excellent neighborhood because of its central location, proximity to I-25, and convenient access to Light Rail stations.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There is no shortage of shopping and dining options in Observatory Park. Old South Gaylord Street Shops is a shopping street in adjacent Wash Park that features several small, locally owned shops and restaurants. 
After shopping, you can find several upscale restaurants in University Park. The Pioneer Bar is a colorful, vintage restaurant famous for its Mexican cuisine and margaritas. This restaurant may have begun as a place for university students to hang out, but its astronomical tacos and amazing rooftop courtyard are a major draw for everyone. If you have a hankering for a burrito, you can find one at Illegal Pete'sJerusalem Restaurant is the go-to for Middle Eastern cuisine. For quality breakfast items and drinks, Jelly Café has you covered. Poppies Restaurant and Lounge serves classic Mexican and American comfort in an old-fashioned setting. For international cuisine in a laid-back environment, visit Junction Food & Drink, a relaxed food court located in the Colorado Center. 

Things to Do

The main draw of this neighborhood is its proximity to the University of Denver. The Newman Center for the Performing Arts sits at the Denver University campus. This majestic venue hosts various concerts, theatrical shows, and dances. Denver University also has several DU Pioneers sporting events that you can attend. 
You can also visit the Chamberlin Observatory, where you can have fun with friends and family while learning interesting astronomical facts. For a unique shopping experience, visit the University Hills Farmers Market


Denver County 1 School District serves the Observatory Park neighborhood. Top educational opportunities in this neighborhood include:
  • University Park Elementary School (Public), Grades K-5
  • Merrill Middle School (Public), Grades 6-8
  • Denver South High School (Public), Grades 9-12
  • St. Anne's Episcopal (Private), Grades PK-8
  • Most Precious Blood Catholic School (Private), Grades K-8


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