Commerce City

From its beginning as a junction for railroads and highways, Commerce City has always meant business. Today, it's one of the state's fastest-growing cities thanks to its proximity to Denver International Airport, new shopping in Denver's Stapleton area, Dick's Sporting Goods Park (home of the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer Club) and a revitalizing historic downtown.

Several Colorado towns have benefited from the federal government handing over land to local authorities, and Commerce City is no exception. The city's 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest urban nature preserves in the country, with wildlife ranging from bison, owls, mule deer and bald eagles. It's also one of the few remaining short-grass prairies in existence.

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