Wheat Ridge, Colorado is in Jefferson County and is 2 miles south of Arvada and 5 miles west of Denver. It is located in the Denver metropolitan area. Wheat Ridge has a population of 32,913.
Prior to being discovered by prospectors in 1859, Wheat Ridge was a farming community that supported Denver and other neighboring mining communities. The community was named Wheat Ridge because of the wheat crop that was grown here. It was incorporated as a city in 1969 as a result of the threat of annexation by surrounding counties.
Here are just a few of the surrounding attractions:
- Wheat Ridge Historical Park
- Colorado Governor's Mansion
- Lakewood's Heritage Center
- Children's Museum of Denver
- Colorado's Ocean Journey
- Denver Zoo
While in Wheat Ridge, you can visit historic sites like the Colorado Governor's Mansion, the Colorado State Capitol, the Denver Mint and the Wheat Ridge Historical Park. The Children's Museum of Denver showcases exhibits designed especially for children under the age of 8. The Lakewood Heritage Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art- Denver, the Colorado History Museum and the Museum of Western Art are also close by. One can also enjoy a number of recreational activities during a stay in the city.
For higher education opportunities Wheat Ridge is in close proximity to Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Regis University, Red Rocks Community College, the Colorado School of Mines and Front Range Community College.