Climate Recreation Community Catastrophe

Eden Index

Climate 8.8 Recreation 5.1 Community 3.4 Safeguard


Denver, Colorado is a bustling city situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a semi-arid climate, the city experiences warm summers and cold winters. It is also known for its high altitude, which can affect visitors who are not acclimated to the elevation. Denver's hydrology constituents are primarily sourced from the South Platte River and its tributaries, which provide water for both residents and agriculture. The city is home to numerous outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding in the nearby mountains. Additionally, Denver boasts over 200 parks and 85 miles of trails for residents and visitors to enjoy.

What is the Eden Index?

The Snoflo Eden Index serves as a comprehensive rating system for regions, evaluating their desirability through a holistic assessment of climate health, outdoor recreation opportunities, and natural disaster risk, acknowledging the profound impact of these factors on livability and well-being.

Climate Health Indicator (CHI): 8.8

Denver receives approximately 366mm of rain per year, with humidity levels near 50% and air temperatures averaging around 11°C. Denver has a plant hardyness factor of 5, meaning plants and agriculture in this region thrive during a short period during spring and early summer. Most plants will die off during the colder winter months. By considering the ideal temperature range, reliable water supplies, clean air, and stable seasonal rain or snowpacks, the Climate Health Indicator (CHI) underscores the significance of a healthy climate as the foundation for quality living.

A healthy climate is paramount for ensuring a high quality of life and livability in a region, fostering both physical well-being and environmental harmony. This can be characterized by ideal temperatures, reliable access to water supplies, clean air, and consistent seasonal rain or snowpacks.

Weather Forecast

Streamflow Conditions

South Platte

Area Rivers

South Platte

Snowpack Depths

South Platte

Reservoir Storage Capacity

South Platte

Groundwater Levels

Recreational Opportunity Index (ROI): 5.1

The Recreational Opportunity Index (ROI) recognizes the value of outdoor recreational options, such as parks, hiking trails, camping sites, and fishing spots, while acknowledging that climate plays a pivotal role in ensuring the comfort and consistency of these experiences. Access to outdoor recreational opportunities, encompassing activities such as parks, hiking, camping, and fishing, is crucial for overall well-being, and the climate plays a pivotal role in enabling and enhancing these experiences, ensuring that individuals can engage in nature-based activities comfortably and consistently.

Camping Areas

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ouzel 13 6,285 ft
Meadow Ridge 19 9,177 ft
Farish Military - USAF Academy None 9,083 ft
Missile Site Park 12 4,942 ft
Cherry Creek State Park 102 5,646 ft
Jackson Creek 9 8,179 ft
Trail Creek None 7,844 ft
Painted Rocks 18 7,836 ft
Union Reservoir 42 4,957 ft
Chatfield State Park 193 5,494 ft
Bear Creek Lake Park 52 5,693 ft
Colorado 81 7,806 ft
Boulder County Fairground None 4,974 ft
Indian Creek 11 7,562 ft
Springdale 13 9,304 ft
Standley Lake None 5,530 ft
Peregrine Pines Military - USAF Academy None 6,631 ft
Devils Head 21 8,856 ft
Thunder Ridge 21 9,216 ft
South Meadows 64 7,897 ft
Carter Lake - South Side Campgrounds None 5,711 ft
Flat Rocks 19 8,245 ft
Boyd Lake State Park 148 4,991 ft
Inlet Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,437 ft
St. Vrain State Park 87 4,850 ft
South Bay - Horsetooth Reservoir None 5,435 ft
Osprey 13 6,217 ft
Platte River 10 6,333 ft

Catastrophe Safeguard Index (CSI):

The Catastrophe Safeguard Index (CSI) recognizes that natural disaster risk, encompassing floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes, can drastically affect safety and the overall appeal of an area. The level of natural disaster risk in a region significantly affects safety and the overall livability, with climate change amplifying these risks by potentially increasing the frequency and intensity of events like floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes, thereby posing substantial challenges to community resilience and well-being.

Community Resilience Indicator (CRI): 3.4

The Community Resilience Indicator (CRI) recognizes that education, healthcare, and socioeconomics are crucial to the well-being of a region. The CRI acknowledges the profound impact of these elements on residents' overall quality of life. By evaluating educational resources, healthcare accessibility, and economic inclusivity, the index captures the essential aspects that contribute to a thriving community, fostering resident satisfaction, equity, and social cohesion.

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