Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center

The City of Aurora has for many years worked to invest in a conference center that could be a magnet for out-of-state tourist and business conferences. In 2010, the Aurora Economic Development Council and the City of Aurora started working with Gaylord to realize this vision. 
The Gaylord Rockies will create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs. Independent economists project Gaylord will attract more than 450,000 new visitors to our area and contribute more than $273 million new dollars to Colorado’s economy each year. The project is structured to ensure the developers are accountable and deliver on their promises before receiving any tax incentives.

A Win for Aurora and Colorado

  • The $824 million Gaylord Rockies will be a 1,500-room hotel with more than 485,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting, pre-function and outdoor space, eight food and beverage outlets, a $25 million waterpark, and other high quality amenities. The development site is 85 acres and the total building area is 1.9 million square feet.
  • The hotel and convention center is built to the same quality and size specifications as other Gaylord properties to ensure Colorado can draw from the more than 300 groups that rotate Gaylord properties on an annual basis.
  • Located less than ten minutes from the Denver International Airport, one of the most well-traveled and accessible airports in the world, and 25 minutes from downtown Denver, the resort will be ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers.
  • Construction commenced in 2015 and the Gaylord Rockies will open in late 2018.
  • Produce 10,100 construction jobs.
  • Produce 2,546 permanent jobs, including 1,550 direct jobs.