Christina from Denver writes, “What is driving you crazy? Do you know where I can park by DIA to see the planes leaving?”
Plane watching is a favorite pastime for many people, including me. There was nothing like watching planes in the days of the former Stapleton Airport take off and land right over your head. My favorite spot was at the curve between Havana and Moline. There was a little dirt area to park and you could get out of the car and watch the planes land seemingly right on top of you. And there was nothing like driving on I-70 and seeing a huge 747 or other huge passenger jet rolling down the taxiway bridge right over the interstate.
Those days are long gone but you can still find decent places to see the planes take off and land around Denver International Airport. Airport officials told me they unfortunately don’t have a designated plane spotting spot but there are people on line who have some great suggestions.
Many people suggest going to the cell phone waiting area. It is at Pena and Gun Club Road and is right next to the southern east/west runway.
One person suggested going to DIA’s Mt Elbert Shuttle Parking Lot near 68th and Valley Head St. That will put you next to the southeast side north/south runways. From there you can see the long approach from the south as the planes land to the north.
Aviation experts told me before heading out to DIA, it’s a good idea to check the weather, especially the wind direction, because certain runways are used in specific weather conditions. That is less of an issue at Centennial or RMMA as they have one main runway that is used for the majority of flights taking off and landing.
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