125 Things To Do at Fairmount

Discover one of Denver’s most renowned contemporary horticultural, wildlife and civic assets. It’ll take more than one Fairmount visit for you to cover our 280 acres of trees, monuments, gardens and historical structures. Hundreds of picnickers, cyclists, curious genealogy buffs and outdoor lovers cross through our entrance every year.

Download the complete list of 125 Things to Do HERE.

1. See Fairmount’s Historic Little Ivy Chapel

Built in 1890, the Ivy Chapel reflects 13th Ecclesiastical Gothic architecture and is designated a landmark by the City of Denver. With its flying buttresses and gargoyles, the Chapel is reminiscent of Notre Dame and other grand cathedrals in France, only on a much smaller scale. The Ivy Chapel serves as the iconic symbol of Fairmount. Click HERE for more on the history and architecture on the Little Ivy.  Click HERE to download a map for your reference.

2. Checklist & Locator Map of Denver Mayors at Fairmount

Download a checklist and map and walk through Denver’s mayoral history. Click HERE to download.

3. Pack and Enjoy a Picnic

Gather your family and friends and find the perfect spot on Fairmount’s expansive and scenic grounds for an afternoon picnic. Click HERE to download our Italian Press Sandwiches recipe to enjoy on your picnic.

4. Join Denver Field Ornithologists for a Bird Walk at Fairmount – April 18th

Join DFO for an early morning bird walk at Fairmount. Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details. Click HERE to download a Fairmount Bird Checklist

5. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Agnes Wolcott Vaille

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Agnes Wolcott Vaile. Click HERE for her history and locator map.

6. Tour the Mausoleum’s Stain Glass

Click HERE to download a history and overview of Fairmount’s masterful stain glass collection in the Mausoleum. These works were mostly crafted by the Watkins Stain Glass Studio in Denver.

7. Don’t Miss Fairmount’s Rings of History Tree Slice Timeline

Count back the rings and years on Fairmount’s 125 year old tree slice marking some of the cemetery’s key dates.

8. Famous Faces of Fairmount: David Halliday Moffat

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring David Halliday Moffat. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

9. Visit the Lowry Post, World War I Memorial

Wander Fairmount’s military tribute section and discover the grave sites of Francis Brown Lowry and the members of his World War I battalion.  Click HERE to download a fact sheet for additional history.  Click HERE for a map for your reference.

10. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this March

Join the Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour on Wednesday, March 25th – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for more details.

11. Relax in the Gazebo

Relax amongst the many beautiful roses planted around the gazebo. Click HERE for a checklist of all the rose species planted at Fairmount.

12. Checklist of Birds Found at Fairmount

Fairmount’s park-like setting provides habitat for over 90 species of birds. Click HERE to download the check list and see how many you can find.

13. Attend a Sunday Service

Attend a Sunday Service in the historic Little Ivy Chapel, offered every Sunday by the Church of Saint Augustine. Call Fairmount for details, 303-399-0692.

14. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Elizabeth Byers

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Elizabeth Byers. Click HERE for her history and locator map.

15. Write a Journal Entry

Fairmount is a peaceful spot to collect your thoughts and record them. Bring your journal and jot down your ideas while enjoying the beautiful surroundings at Fairmount

16. 10K Run & Map

Enjoy the beautiful grounds at Fairmount while on a 10K walk, jog or run. Click HERE for a route map.

17. Free Summer Movie Night Series- Despicable Me, June 27th 

The perfect summer night activity, bring the family to enjoy. Click HERE for additional details.

18. Explore the Fairmount Mausoleum 

Once the largest building of its kind between Kansas City and the West Coast, the Fairmount Mausoleum opened in 1930 with the largest private collection of stained glass in Denver. Click HERE for more history and information to enhance your tour.  Click HERE to download a map for your reference.

19. Search for Bugs

Interested in bugs?  Search the various mini ecosystems housed at Fairmount and see how many different species you can find.

20. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Elizabeth Iliff Warren

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Elizabeth Iliff Warren. Click HERE for her history and locator map.

21. Take the Self Guided Mini Tree Tour

Take a tour of a handful of trees in Fairmount’s expansive tree collection.  Click HERE to download a map and and checklist to see 29 of the 74 species located in the Fairmount arboretum.

22.  Get Married!

Our new Quebec Place event center will provide you with the most memorable wedding location in Denver.

23. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Emily Griffith

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Emily Griffith. Click HERE for her history and locator map.

24. Take the Ornate Headstones Self Guided Tour

Click HERE to download a self guided tour and map of seven of Fairmount’s most ornate and interesting headstones.

25. Enjoy Cross-Country Skiing

Strap on your skis and explore the 285 acres of Fairmount’s park-like setting.  Click HERE to download a 10K route map.

26. Famous Faces of Fairmount: General Don Carlos Hasselteno

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring General Don Carlos Hasselteno. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

27. Fly a Kite

Find a clear spot and enjoy some old fashion fun flying a kite.

28. Join Denver Field Ornithologists for a Bird Walk at Fairmount – in June

Join DFO for an early morning bird walk at Fairmount.  Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details. Click HERE to download a Fairmount Bird Checklist.

29. Enjoy a Potluck With Friends

Gather your friends, pick a shady spot and ask everyone to bring their favorite dish to enjoy at a potluck.

30. Try Your Hand at Wildlife Photography

Bring your camera along as you walk the paths at Fairmount and photograph some of the wildlife at Fairmount. Post your favorites on Instagram using #fairmountdenver.

31. Checklist & Locator Map of Colorado’s U.S. Representatives at Fairmount

Click HERE to download a checklist and map to find the final resting places for 11 of Colorado’s U.S. Representatives.

32. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Helen G. Bonfils

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Helen G. Bonfils. Click here for her history and locator map.

33. Play a Game of Chess or Checkers

Bring your board game and find the perfect spot to challenge your friend or family member to a game of checkers or chess.

34. Volunteer for the Fairmount Heritage Foundation

There are several opportunities to volunteer at Fairmount throughout the year through the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. Help support their efforts in conservation, preservation and education by volunteering. Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.com to sign up to volunteer.

35. Visit the Fitzsimmon’s Block Memorial

This veterans’ memorial contains plaques honoring the men and women who valiantly served our country in various wars. Fairmount interred many veterans prior to the opening of the Fort Logan National Cemetery.

36. History, Its What’s For Lunch – April 8th

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour on Wednesday, April 8th – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

37. Volunteer this Veterans Day

Honor those who have served by helping to place flags at Fairmount’s Veteran’s grave sites. Put on by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

38. Checklist & Locator Map of Fairmount’s Rose Collection

Interested in roses? Enjoy Fairmount’s 59 different species located throughout the cemetery including Heritage roses, some of which are exclusive to Fairmount. Click HERE to download the checklist and map for your tour.

39. Join Us for Doors Open Denver

Explore Fairmount during Doors Open Denver on April 25th & 26th. Visit our Events page for additional details and information on where to register.

40. Read a Book 

Find a shady spot under one of trees in the arboretum. The peace and quiet will allow you to get lost in pages of a great book.

41. Get a Glimpse of the First Signs of Spring

Spring fever? Take at walk at Fairmount and see the first glimpses of spring.

42. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Jerry Cox Vasconcells

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Jerry Cox Vasconcells. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

43. Free Summer Movie Night Series- Big Hero 6, July 18th

Don’t miss viewing this family favorite at Fairmount. Click HERE for additional details.

44. See Fairmount’s Chapel in the Pines

Built in 1941, this structure is a great example of English Gothic revival architecture. See what features you can identify. Click HERE to download a map for your reference.

45. Identify Some of the Many Plant Varieties at Fairmount

Bring a plant guide and see how many different plants you can identity. Don’t miss the rose collection – 59 different species! Click HERE for a checklist of all the roses located at Fairmount.

46. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Joseph Albert Walker

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Joseph Albert Walker. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

47. Stroll Down Millionaire’s Row

Walk down the the main drive of the cemetery starting from the Ivy Chapel, and see the names and resting places of many of Denver’s oldest families.

48. Locate Your Ancestors

Are your from the Denver area?  Visit www.findagrave.com to search for your ancestors’ burial places.  If you locate an ancestor and would like to make a headstone rubbing of their marker, click HERE for instructions.

49. Mark Your Calendar for Fairmount’s First Cultural Landscape Event in September

Fairmount Heritage Foundation is excited to offer this new event.  Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

50. Checklist & Locator Map of Colorado Governors at Fairmount

Click HERE to download a checklist and map and walk through Colorado’s gubernatorial history- including Territory and State Governors.

51. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this May

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour on Wednesday, May 13th – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

52. Paint a Landscape Painting

Pack up your paints and try your hand at capturing the beauty at Fairmount – so many beautiful scenes from which to choose.

53. Find the Unique Sculpture Located in the Garden of Remembrance

The Garden of Remembrance is punctuated by an inspiring sculpture featuring a flight of doves atop an obelisk. Click HERE to download a map for your reference.

54. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Justina Laurena Warren Ford Allen

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Justina Laurena Warren Ford Allen (Dr. Justina Ford). Click HERE for her history and locator map.

55. Fairmount’s Annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebration and Events

Kick off summer and honor all those who have served with a weekend full of events at Fairmount. More details to come, please check back.

56. Take the Private Mausoleums Self-Guided Tour

Click HERE to download a self guided tour and map of Fairmount’s private mausoleums.  These ornate building are home to some of Denver’s most prominent families.

57. Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a Free Walking Tour – this June

Enjoy the incredible history, architecture and natural surroundings while participating in this free tour in June. Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

58. Make a Canned Good Donation for Veterans

Honor those who have served our country by dropping off a canned good the week before Christmas. Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

59. Take a Family Stroll

Looking for a nice Saturday family activity?  No need to go to far – take a walk through the grounds at Fairmount and enjoy the incredible park-like setting.

60. Visit the Hook and Ladder Monument

Visit this monument dedicated to City of Denver’s Fallen fire fighters.

61. Don’t Miss the Moonlight Euphoria Event this September

Enjoy a full moon photoshoot in Denver’s historic Fairmount Cemetery.  Advanced ticket sales only – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

62. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Louise Sneed Hill

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Louise Sneed Hill. Click HERE for her history and locator map.

63. 5K Run & Map

Enjoy the beautiful grounds at Fairmount while on a 5K walk, jog or run. Click HERE for a route map.

64. See Fairmount’s Historic Gate Lodge 

The Gate Lodge, built in 1890, is designed in Henry Hobson Richard’s style of library architecture which emphasizes solemnity and low light, lending itself to the serious and solemn nature of the cemetery and its keepers.

65. Join the Fairmount Heritage Foundation

Support the preservation, conservation and education carried out by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. Become a member to show your support.  Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.com for details.

66. Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a Free Walking Tour – this July

Enjoy the incredible history, architecture and natural surroundings while participating in this free tour in July. Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details

67. Free Summer Movie Night Series- Sound of Music, August 8th

What a better way to enjoy summer than with a viewing of this all-time classic. Click HERE for additional details.

68. Look for Wildlife

As you walk through the grounds, see if you can spot any of the many species that call Fairmount home – coyotes, fox, deer, birds, and much more.

69. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Mary Elitch Long

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Mary Elitch Long. Click HERE for her history and locator map.

70. Fairmount Heritage Foundation’s Annual Rose Sale

Join us on May 16th for this highly anticipated annual rose sale.  Check fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

71. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this June

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour this June – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

72. Arrange a School Field Trip

Fairmount hosts many school groups throughout the year.  If you are interesting in a private tour for your group, please contact Fairmount Cemetery for additional information.

73. Photograph Flowers

Fairmount is home to many different species of flowers including over 50 different roses.  Photograph as many different species as you can find.  Post your favorites to Instagram using #fairmountdenver.

74. Take the Memorial Sculptures Self-Guided Tour

Click HERE to download a self-guided tour and map of eleven of Fairmount’s most beautiful sculptures, crafted as memorials to loved ones, honorees and incredible historical events.

75. Famous Faces of Fairmount: May Bonfils Stanton

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring May Bonfils Stanton. Click HERE for her history and locator map.

76. Take Your Dog for a Walk

Fairmount is the perfect place for you and your four-legged friend to get some exercise. Please use a leash when walking your dog.

77. Tour the Fall Foliage

Theres not a better spot than the state’s largest arboretum to enjoy a wide variety of colors during the fall season.  Click HERE for a checklist of the tree species at Fairmount.

78. Fairmount’s Annual Colorado Day Event & Concert

Celebrate the 139th Annual Colorado Day with Fairmount’s annual concert and festivities on July 31st. Click HERE to download more information.

79. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Major General Orlando Ward

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Major General Orlando Ward. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

80. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this July 

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour this July – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

81. Take the Baseball Enthusiast Self-Guided Tour

Click HERE to download a self-guided tour of thirteen baseball players and well-known enthusiasts of the sport located here at Fairmount.

82. Join Denver Field Ornithologists for a Bird Walk at Fairmount – this October

Join DFO for an early morning bird walk at Fairmount.  Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details. Click HERE to download a Fairmount Bird Checklist.

83. Write a Poem in the Park

Find inspiration in the park-like setting at Fairmount to write a little poetry.

84. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Robert Lee Howsam

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Robert Lee Howsam. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

85. Take a Bike Ride at Fairmount

Explore some of Fairmount’s extensive paths while pedaling through the city and state’s history.

86. Free Summer Movie Night Series- Monsters Inc., August 29th

Trying to get the most out of the last weeks of summer? Join us for this great Pixar film. Click HERE for additional details.

87. Complete Checklist of the Trees in Fairmount’s Arboretum

Are you a budding arborist? Click HERE to download the complete checklist and map of all the tree species located in the state’s largest arboretum which was planted in 1891.

88. Go Snowshoeing 

After a beautiful snow, put on your snowshoes and enjoy over 200 acres of land to explore – right in the city of Denver.

89. Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a Free Walking Tour – this August

Enjoy the incredible history, architecture and natural surroundings while participating in this free tour in August. Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details

90. Collect Fallen Leaves in the Fall

Collecting fallen leaves in the fall is a fun activity to do with the kids.  Click HERE to download this checklist of the trees at Fairmount as a reference.

91. Read the Epitaphs on the Memorials and Markers

Read some of the beautiful epitaphs as you walk through the cemetery.

92. Instagram Your Favorite Picture at Fairmount

Upload your favorite pictures to Instagram and use #fairmountdenver.

93. Take the Medal of Honor Recipients Self-Guided Tour

Click HERE to download a self-guided tour and map of three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients buried at Fairmount.

94. Visit Fairmount’s Windchimes

Click HERE to download a map for your reference.

95. Meditate at Fairmount

So many spots to choose from – quiet your mind in a peaceful spot at Fairmount.

96. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Robert W. Speer

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Robert W. Speer. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

97. Drop of a Toy for Toys for Tots

Donate a toy for Toys for Tots during the holidays.  Visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

98. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this August

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour this August – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

99. Take the Statues and Obelisks Self-Guided Tour

Click HERE to download a self-guided tour and map of eleven of the best statues and obelisks in the cemetery.

100. Famous Faces of Fairmount: The Hungate Family 

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring The Hungate Family. Click HERE for their history and locator map.

101. See the Nisei Japenese-American Memorial

This memorial honors Air Force veterans of Japanese American descent who fought in Europe during World War II. Many of them served while their families were incarcerated in prison camps in Colorado and California. Click HERE to download a map for your reference.

102. Practice Yoga

Roll out your mat and find a peaceful spot for your yoga practice.

103. Famous Faces of Fairmount: William N. Byers

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring William N. Byers. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

104. Checklist & Locator Map of Colorado’s U.S. Senators at Fairmount

Click HERE to download a checklist and map to find the final resting places for 11 of Colorado’s U.S. Senators.

105. Build a Snowman

After a big snow, there is nothing more fun than to build a snowman!  Bring the kids and build to your hearts content.

106. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this September

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour this September – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

107. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Wolfe Londoner

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Wolfe Londoner. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

108. Visit the F.A. Falkenburg Memorial

109. Take a post-Thanksgiving walk around Fairmount

Gather your family and burn off that post-turkey Tryptophan with a walk around our beautiful grounds.

110. Organize a family reunion and rent one of our chapels as an event space

What more beautiful place to gather together with those you love most? Our beautiful chapels can be the perfect place to rent for a delightful family reunion.

111. Host an outdoor meeting on the lawn 

Nothing beats the beautiful Colorado sunshine. Change up your routine and meet with your friends, co-workers, or family on our grounds! We are open from sunrise to sunset.

112. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this April

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour on Wednesday, April 22th – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

113. History, Its What’s For Lunch – this May

Join Fairmount Heritage Foundation for a guided tour on Wednesday, May 27th – visit fairmountheritagefoundation.org for details.

114. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Henry Cordes Brown

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Henry Cordes Brown. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

115. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Gart Family

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring the Gart Family. Click HERE for their history and locator map.

116. Famous Faces of Fairmount: Reinhard Shuetze

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring Reinhard Shuetze. Click HERE for his history and locator map.

117. Famous Faces of Fairmount: John Elitch

Learn more about Colorado’s rich history, featuring John Elitch. Click HERE for his history and locator map.