Transportation Frequently Asked Questions
Parking is currently free at the Nalanda and the Paramita campuses. The “A” lots on the Arapahoe Campus require a parking permit. Parking at Snow Lion is currently free for residents and requires a Snow Lion permit. All spaces at the Water Street building are assigned but there is some free hourly parking available.
The Transportation Department is located in the basement of the Lincoln Building. You can get full semester permits, single day permits, bulk day permits, Snow Lion permits, and motorcycle permits at the Transportation Department.
A full semester permit costs $120. A limited number of parking permit grants are awarded each semester; applications are available starting a few weeks before the first day of classes. Contact the Transportation Office for more details.
Full semester permits for handicap spaces are $60. Year permits for motorcycles are $25.
Single day permits are available for $3 each. Bulk day permits are available for multiple single day permit users.
You will need to have with you the make, model, color, and license plate number of your car. Please bring your Naropa student ID with you as well. If you will be using more than one car, bring in the info for the other vehicle(s) as well. The Transportation Department will issue only one full semester permit per person.
The “A” lots are open to anyone with a valid parking permit. The “A” lots consist of the “paved lot,” the “brick lot,” and the “2111 lot” across the street by the 2111 building. The parking lots at the Arapahoe Campus are monitored from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lots are NOT monitored during weekends and holidays. A valid Naropa parking permit does not allow you to park in the four spots labeled “visitor parking” or in the adjunct parking lot. Note: A Snow Lion permit is only valid at Snow Lion and will be ticketed in any of the “A” lots.
Naropa University recognizes being illegally parked as: any vehicle parked without a valid Naropa issued parking permit, vehicles blocking the flow of traffic or emergency routes, and any car parked in the wrong lot (i.e., students and faculty parked in the visitor lot, students or visitors parked in the adjunct lot, etc.).
- The 1st violation is a $5 ticket.
- The 2nd violation is a $20 ticket
- The 3rd violation is a $50 ticket and we will attempt to remove the vehicle by towing. The cost to retrieve your car from the tow company starts at $125.
When you pay your parking fines, your record gets a fresh start.
Please take advantage of this; nobody enjoys giving or getting expensive parking tickets!
Extra Incentive: if you come in to pay your violation on the same day you will receive a discounted charge; a 1st violation will be exchanged for a $3 day permit. All other violations can be reduced by ½.
To get between these two campuses all you need to do is "JUMP" on the bus, that is. The JUMP bus will take you East and West along Arapahoe to whichever campus you are looking for. If you are headed to the Nalanda Campus just get on the Eastbound JUMP bus right in front of the Arapahoe Campus and ride it to 63rd Street. You will find the Nalanda Campus on the northwest corner of Arapahoe and 63rd Street.
If you are coming from the Nalanda Campus and are heading to the Arapahoe Campus, get on the Westbound JUMP bus and take it to 21st Street. Cross the street at the crosswalk and you will be at the Arapahoe Campus. The JUMP bus runs roughly every 10 minutes at Peak hours between 7:00am and 6:00pm. Off peak, the buses run roughly every 20–25 minutes.
By Bike or On Foot
To get to the Nalanda Campus from the Arapahoe Campus:
- Head south through CU Family Housing to the Boulder Creek Path
- Go left/head East
- Follow the Boulder Creek Path until you pass under Foothills Parkway (157) and keep to your right
- Then follow Arapahoe Ave. using the multi-use path on the North side of the street
- At 55th, either follow the sidewalk on foot until 63rd Street or cross Arapahoe at 55th and continue on Arapahoe by bike on the on-street bike lane to 63rd Street.
To get from Nalanda to the Arapahoe Campus:
- Follow the sidewalk on foot or the on-street bike lane by bike to 55th
- Join the multi-use path and follow to Boulder Creek Path at Foothills Prkwy (157)
- Follow the Boulder Creek Path to the turn off at CU Family Housing (just past the football field)
- Head north into campus.
To get to the Nalanda Campus from the Arapahoe Campus:
- Head east along Arapahoe to 63rd St.
- Turn Left on 63rd Street
- Turn left into the parking lot
To get from Nalanda to the Arapahoe Campus
- Take Arapahoe west
- Turn left on 20th St, following the Naropa parking signs
- Turn left on Marine St and follow it to the main parking lot
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To get from the Arapahoe Campus to the Paramita Campus you have two options: if you feel like walking a little you can walk north to Canyon and catch the regional 205 or the Bolt heading East (Bolt North) and get off on 28th just south of Iris. You can then walk east through the adjoining parking lots to Paramita. Grab a schedule at a kiosk on campus or visit RTD Website ( www.rtd-denver.com ) for this route. Or take the JUMP bus east to Arapahoe and 30th, cross by foot to the east side of 30th and take the BOUND bus heading north and get off right after Glenwood Dr. The Paramita campus is located on the west side of 30th.
To get from the Paramita Campus to the Arapahoe Campus do the reverse. You can walk west through the adjoining parking lots crossing 28th and catch the 205 or the Bolt and ride it to 21st and Canyon. Grab a schedule at a kiosk on campus or visit the RTD Website ( www.rtd-denver.com ) for this route. Or you can take the BOUND south to 30th and Arapahoe, walk to the north side of Arapahoe and take the JUMP west to 21st. The JUMP bus runs roughly every 10 minutes at Peak hours between 7:00am and 6:00pm. The BOUND runs roughly every 10 minutes from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Off Peak, the buses run roughly every 20–25 min.
By Bike or On Foot
To get to Paramita Campus from the Arapahoe Campus you can follow the directions by car below using the appropriate bike lanes and pedestrian crossing zones, an alternative route would be to follow Arapahoe Ave east to Folsom, follow Folsom north until Glenwood, following Glenwood east until 30th and then north a short way to Paramita, using the appropriate bike lanes and pedestrian crossing zones. To return following the alternative route carefully cross 28th which can be done either at Iris or Glenwood then follow directions in reverse.
To get to Paramita Campus from the Arapahoe Campus, follow Arapahoe Ave east to 30 th. Head north on 30th follow it just north of Glenwood Dr, Paramita Campus will be on your left. To return do the reverse: turn right on 30th and head south, head west on Arapahoe Ave and turn left on 20th following the Naropa parking signs. Turn left on Marine St and follow it into the main parking lot.
To get from Paramita Campus to Nalanda Campus , take the BOUND south to Arapahoe Ave. At 30 th and Arapahoe, you will need to back track on foot to 29th and Arapahoe. Get on the JUMP bus heading east until 63rd. The Nalanda campus is on the northwest corner of 63 rd and Arapahoe. You can also take the east bound regional 208 from Glenwood and 30th and take it to 55 th and Arapahoe, and catch the east bound JUMP there.
To get from Nalanda Campus to Paramita Campus, take the JUMP heading west to 29th and Arapahoe. Walk back one block east to 30th and take the BOUND heading north. Get off the bus right after Glenwood Dr. Or try catching the west bound 208 at 55th and riding it to 30 th and Glenwood.
By Bike or On Foot
The trip to Nalanda on the Boulder Creek path is quite beautiful. To get to the Nalanda Campus from the Arapahoe Campus, head south through CU Family Housing to the Boulder Creek Path, go left, East, and follow until you pass under Foothills Pkwy (157), turn left cross the bridge and then make an immediate right, staying on the Boulder Creek Path. When you come to the next T intersection veer right staying on the Boulder Creek Path. Stay on the creek path until you pass under 55th st. and veer right over the bridge. You will soon come to a fork in the path, veer right. Continue on until you get to Arapahoe Ave. Go under Arapahoe Ave and the path will come up on the South side of the street. Now take Arapahoe Ave east the rest of the way to Nalanda campus, about a quarter of a mile.
To get from Nalanda to the Arapahoe Campus follow the sidewalk on foot or the on-street bike lane by bike to the wood bridge just past Cherryvale Rd. turn right onto the bike path and follow the main path all the way back to the turn off at CU Family Housing (just past the football field) and head north into campus. There is one turn you will need to look for after you pass 55th st. and the pond there, you will see a fork to your left, take that turn.
To get to the Nalanda Campus from Paramita Campus, head south on 30 th, go east on Arapahoe Ave. to 63rd St. and turn left, then turn left into the parking lot. To return do the reverse: turn right out of the parking lot and head west on Arapahoe Ave, at 30 th head north until just past Glenwood looking for Paramita on your left.
By Bus, Bike, Foot or By Car
To get from Snow Lion to any other Campus, walk/drive south on 20th, west one block on Grove and south again on 21st. By car head east on Arapahoe Ave to access Paramita or Nalanda; on foot, bike or bus, cross the street at the lighted crosswalk and proceed as you would by bus, bike or foot from Arapahoe Campus. Another option for getting to Paramita Campus and back by bus is to walk north on 21st one block to Canyon and catch the 205 or Bolt (see Paramita & Arapahoe by bus). To get to Snow Lion from any other campus, proceed as you would to the Arapahoe Campus and then walk/drive one block north from the Arapahoe Campus on 21st, turn left or west on Grove street and then right or north on 20th you will soon have Snow Lion on your left-hand side on the southwest corner of Goss and 20th.