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CSU Spur is for you

CSU Spur is a campus where education is accessible to everyone, where experiences build understanding — and create collaborative solutions — around water, food, and health. A place where all are welcome, and diversity is celebrated. A place for discovery, problem-solving, and curiosity — and where anyone can dive deep into the biggest challenges facing our world. A hub fueling a wide-reaching mission.

At CSU Spur, learning will come alive and be open to everyone. Imagine a class jumping into citizen science projects along the South Platte River. Veterinarians offering services to local pets while children’s noses are pressed against the glass. A visitor sipping a coffee while local artists create one-of-a-kind pieces in open studios. Researchers collaborating with industry to solve global food shortages.

At the CSU System, what we do has always been about more than teaching university students. CSU Spur is the embodiment of the belief that everyone deserves to learn, and that learning should excite, inspire, and drive impact.

At Spur, we honor our connectivity to the world — and the cultures — around us, and strive to be stewards of water, land, and life. We hope you will join us here for a relaxing afternoon in the backyard, to tackle a challenge with colleagues, or for a fun and educational day with the kids.

Street level Vida building and plaza rendering with Spur signage


Focused on animal and human health; designed by The Clark Enersen Partners. Learn more.

Street level rendering of Terra


Focused on food and agriculture; designed by Anderson Mason Dale Architects. Learn more.

Street level rendering of the Hydro building


Focused on water; designed by Hord Coplan Macht and SmithGroup. Learn more.

150 years in the making

November 3


Measure 2C is approved

Denver voters approved the revamp of the National Western Complex to create a new, year-round educational research, commerce, and entertainment campus.

December 13


Spur is named

CSU System unveils its new brand, CSU Spur, for the university system’s campus at the National Western Center.

May 5


Spur groundbreaking

CSU System officially breaks ground on CSU Spur.

February 8


First Spur hire

Kathryn Venzor started as the CSU Spur Education Director, the first of many positions coming online for the campus.



First Spur building opens

Vida, the first of the CSU Spur buildings, is slated to open for the January 2022 National Western Stock Show.



Official opening of Spur

The full campus is slated for completion in late 2022.

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A Strong Partnership Yesterday, and Tomorrow

CSU’s history with the National Western Stock Show goes back to the first show in 1906. Back then, CSU closed campus for students to attend the show, and the college won so many awards that it was banned from competing — a ruling that luckily wasn’t enforced.

CSU System and the Stock Show have always had a strong partnership, and the future is even stronger.

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CSU Spur Partners

CSU System Institutions

The Colorado State University System has three campuses, each with very distinct roles and missions. Find out more about our institutions.

Colorado State University Logo
CSU Pueblo Logo
CSU Global Logo

Project Partners

CSU Spur is working with many important partners, who help bring relevant, educational, and inspiring programming to the campus year-round.

Colorado Cattlemen's Association logo
Dumb Friends League logo
Denver Water logo
Metro Wastewater Reclamation District logo
Salazar Center logo
Together We Grow logo

Community partners

CSU Spur takes its role as a permanent neighbor to the communities surrounding the campus seriously.

Big Green logo
Bruce Randolph School logo
Clinica Tepeyac logo
Denver County Fair logo
Denver Public Library logo
Extreme Community Makeover logo
Focus Points logo
Garden Place Academy logo
Laradon logo
GrowHaus logo
Swansea Elementary logo

Founding partners

As one of the five founding partners of the National Western Center, CSU Spur has been working alongside a number of like-minded partners since 2014 to bring CSU Spur and the National Western Center to life.

City and County of Denver logo
CSU System Logo
Denver Museum of Nature and Science logo
History Colorado logo
National Western Stock Show logo


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