Denver International Airport Conspiracy Theories

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Denver airport outsideRecently featured on The Travel Channel’s America Declassified, there are a number of conspiracy theories that capture attention worldwide. Perhaps a most intriguing theory for those living in the United States is the presence of a secret bunker located under the Denver Airport. Let’s take a look at theories that encapsulate this hidden bunker that no longer remains “hidden.” We will discuss not only the reasoning behind this bunker’s presence but we will also look at the abundance of occult symbols that can be found throughout the airport.

Background on Denver Airport

Denver International Airport, often referred to as DEN or DIA, is located in Denver, Colorado and is the largest airport in the United States. The total area of the airport is 53 square miles which also makes DIA the second largest airport in the world behind King Fahd International Airport in Saudi Arabia. As of 2010, Denver International was noted as the fifth busiest airport in the world with more than 635,000 aircraft movements.

The Denver International airport began life in the early 1980’s as the Denver Regional Council of Governments began their search for an area to build the new metro airport. The outlay of the first $60 million was authorized in September of 1989. A number of delays set the construction of the airport back and it wasn’t until February 28, 1995 that Denver International Airport opened and replaced the original airport, Stapleton. The construction of the airport came to nearly $2 billion over budget.

Why So Many Denver International Airport COnspiracy Theories?

Travel Channel LogoThere are a number of conspiracy type theories that pertain to the design and construction of Denver International airport. This story ran with a reference to this website in a recent feature on The Travel Channel’s America Declassified.

The Runways of the Denver International Airport

One very noticeable point that has repeatedly been brought to light is the layout of the runways of the airport. The shape of the six current runways at the airport is laid out in the shape of a modified swastika.

The Artwork in Denver International Airport

One of the most noticeable and questionable features of the airport is the unorthodox artwork that adorns its walls. Murals that can be viewed in the baggage claim area feature content that, according to some, feature future military oppression and a one world government similar to the concept of “big brother.” The most memorable of these pieces is a large green soldier of sorts with an eagle symbol on his hat, a bayonet tipped gun and a large curved sword in the other hand. Underneath the soldier are signs of poverty and distress, a woman clutching her baby and children sleeping in ruins. Viewers of the piece state that it appears to represent themes of future military oppression and a one world government. The artist of the piece, Leo Tanguma, however claims that the mural and others like it represent man-made destruction of the environment and genocide while the people of the world come together to live in peace. The two large murals are entitled “In Peace and Harmony with Nature” and “The Children of the World Dream of Peace.”

The Dedication Marker

Within the Denver International Airport there is a dedication marker which is inscribed with the compasses and square associated with the Freemasons. Additionally this marker lists two of the grand lodges of Freemasonry located in Colorado. This marker reads:

  • New World Airport Commission
  • Contributors: Martin Marietta Aeronautics, Fentress Bradburn Architects, Zimmerman Metals

Interestingly enough, according to multiple sources the “New World Airport Commission” does not exist.

The Suitcase Demon

Among all of the odd decor of Denver International Airport is a statue of an open suitcase. Within this suitcase is a honed demon with its head in its hands.

The Bunkers

The thing that most intrigues conspiracy theorists about Denver International Airport is the presence of five bunker type buildings below the airport. Blueprints exist of these five buildings that were buried at the beginning of DIA construction. Each of the five buildings were built completely, but then it was decided that they were positioned incorrectly and they were buried. Conspiracy theorists question why these buildings were buried rather than demolished as would usually be the case.

When asked about the underground buildings, airport authorities claim that the buildings are being used for storage and while this may be true, there are two interesting things about this. Firstly, no one denies that these underground buildings exist. Secondly, rumors abound that these underground “storage buildings” are being set up as bunkers.

So what are these bunkers for? It depends who you ask. Conspiracy theorists believe whole heartedly that the 360,000 square foot bunker was built by the “New World Order” to house the elites of society were the economy to collapse or nuclear holocaust to take place. Of course there is no actual proof to this belief, but there are a number of interesting points to note about the airport and the bunkers that lie beneath it.

Interesting Points to Note about the Denver International Airport and the Bunkers

President Obama and Comet Elenin

According to online source “The Chive” when Comet Elenin passed the planet Earth, just missing by 22 million miles, President Obama was in Denver. It is possible that had the comet struck Earth the impact would have been catastrophic; however, the President was in Denver where some believe an underground bunker has existed for some time. According to these conspiracy theorists, Denver houses the largest and most advanced bunker to exist within the United States and it is no coincidence that this is exactly where the president was taken when potential disaster loomed.

Correction: According to Wikipedia and The White House’s website, Obama was in Washington D.C. on the date that Comet Elenin passed the earth (October 16, 2011). He and his family were attending the dedication ceremony for Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Was Denver International Airport Necessary?

Another interesting concern that many conspiracy theorists have is the necessity of DIA in the first place. At the time of its construction, Denver residents utilized Stapleton airport which was six miles away from Denver. Many claim that with another airport within such a short distance that there was no need for the new airport to be built at all unless it was being used to cover up another more secretive construction project like the five bunker buildings below it.

The Funding of Denver International Airport

While the capstone located at Denver International Airport states that the airport was funded by the New World Airport Commission, no one actually knows who this is. There is no record of this commission ever existing with exception of the capstone’s inscription. Consequently there is no solid evidence that points to who funded the 4.8 billion dollar construction project.

The Location of Denver Airport

When looking at the overall lay of the land, Denver is located within reachable distance of both the East and West coast. Denver provides mountainous terrain that can provide a strategic viewpoint as well as a level of protection to those who take shelter in the bunkers should a “doomsday” type event take place.

The Signs…

In addition to the mysterious capstone and what seem to be foreshadowing murals, those who pull up to Denver International Airport will note a giant blue mustang. While many will make the connection with the Denver Broncos and the wild-looking horse that is reared up on its hind legs, conspiracy theorists see something else entirely. The blue cast-fiberglass sculpture is 32 feet tall and weighs 9,000 pounds and was sculpted by New Mexico artist Luis Jimenez. This giant horse rears up with red fiery eyes and resembles one of the horses of the apocalypse as lights from below highlight its bony ribcage and contrast its terrifying eyes.

The Australian Antigen Reference

Another sign that can be found within the airport and is often interpreted as being innocent. The sign sits directly in front of one of the murals. The mural is interpreted by some to represent a world of biological warfare as a giant soldier stands in his gas mask above helpless children. On the floor in front of this mural is what looks like a cart that would be found in a gold mine and it is inscribed with the letters AU AG. This representation leads onlookers to believe that the inscription refers to gold and silver. Conspiracy theorists believe that the inscription refers to the deadly hepatitis strain Australia Antigen AKA AUAG. AUAG was discovered by one of the founders of the airport and is believed to have potential as a weapon should biological warfare ever break out. Coincidentally, this inscription sits in front of the “biological warfare” mural.

A New CIA Base?

News headlines have touted for some time plans for the CIA to move their headquarters to Denver. According to a story in the Washington Post, a U.S. Intelligence official has confirmed the plan for the move and stated that it was being made for “operational reasons.” According to sources around $20 million has been budgeted to help to relocate employees of the agency. Reasoning for the move has been made and includes the following explanations:

  • Moving the CIA to Denver would provide new ways to operate under cover.
  • Moving to Denver would also help to stop the growth of the CIA headquarters and headquarters-based group-think.

No finalized plans have been made for the move as of yet but some former CIA employees criticize the move stating that it makes no sense and it would cause more of a disconnect. Is the tentative move of this domestic division strategic or is it more simply a way to convene more elites around the large underground bunker?

Where is the “Sanity?”

Many people who hear about theories behind the Colorado bunker question the sanity of those who claim its existence. The truth is however, that similar bunkers have been proven to exist. These bunkers, built during the Cold War like the bunker underneath the Greenbrier Hotel, were designed to give shelter to the elite should “the time” come. So is it really so farfetched to believe that similar projects could exist today?

Key World Events Leading Up To the Scouting Of The Airport Location

In the time leading up to the scouting of the airport location, from 1980 to 1983, a number of key world events took place including:


  • The Ayatollah Khomeini takes power in Iran and introduces Islamic law
  • Soviets invade Afghanistan
  • Skylab fell into the Indian Ocean
  • Three Mile Island partial meltdown
  • Radical militants of the Wahhabi sect of Islam stormed the grand mosque of Mecca.


  • The Summer Olympics in USSR which the US boycotted.
  • Turner Cable Network begins the first all news service.
  • Ronald Reagan is elected.
  • Mt. Saint Helens erupts.
  • Sadam Hussein launches war against Iran for close to a decade over oil rights.
  • The US shows its response to the Soviet Union’s support of war in Afghanistan by suspending sales of grain to them.

Did these significant events influence the decision to build a secret underground bunker to protect the social elite? It is very possible, yet until someone is able to provide solid proof, speculation is all we have to turn to. Well, speculation and the fact that editors of The Chive received a mysterious phone call from “Government Affairs” shortly after publishing their article on Denver International Airport, a phone call by a caller who hung up as soon as the phone was answered…

Local News puts DIA Conspiracies to the Test

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Now i only have one thing to say, i feel as if they want to have conspiracies to be spread about the airport. Is it just me or is it like they do it on porpouse to make people think such things? Or maybe they are hiding in plain sight? I don’t know but one thing is sure, all the weird things about this airport really makes you question it.

I think you should either delete this page, or update it when people bring facts to your attention, or more information.

1) The Elenin comet missed the Earth by 22 Million miles not 22 Miles.

2) Many sources claim that Obama was not in Denver that day, or even that month. I don’t know of a credible source that would confirm where he was, so I won’t tell you that it is so.

3) DIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, as you noted, it is also the largest in the US. WIKI: “By the 1980s, plans were under way to replace Stapleton with a new airport. Stapleton was plagued with a number of problems, including: * inadequate separation between runways, leading to extremely long waits in bad weather * little or no room for other airlines that proposed/wanted to use Stapleton for new destinations (an example of this was Southwest Airlines) * a lawsuit over aircraft noise, brought by residents of the nearby Park Hill community * legal threats by Adams County, Colorado, to block a runway extension into Rocky Mountain Arsenal lands” You ask the question was it necessary, but your own article states facts that suggest it was, and thirty seconds on WIKI helps too.

4) You talk about the absence of information on New World Order Commission. Why don’t you include the statement by Steve Snyder, head of PR at DIA? Here it is: “The New World Airport Commission was simply a group consisting of local business and political leaders who sponsored and organized a number of pre-opening events at Denver International Airport. The airport was to usher in a new era making Denver a world-class city, thus the New World name. The group has absolutely no association with the new world order.” The contributors are THE NAMES BELOW the words “New World Airport Commission”. Not very difficult to understand.

5) If you can’t show an unbiased presentation of information, provide links like the ones above to show the other side of the arguments, otherwise you are deluding yourself and others for the cheap thrill of believing in a mystery.

6) I’m not saying it isn’t possible, I’m not saying that it is implausible, but do other people really have to do the research for you? Or were you aware of the facts, and simply included what you thought sounded most interesting?

7) I imagine most of the people interested in this conspiracy theory are Americans. Wouldn’t it be really really really stupid to point out to the world that your own government may have bunkers to protect some of it’s citizens, or have your allegiances simply faded to the point where if a bunker isn’t for you, it shouldn’t be for anyone? In the event of nuclear war, would it be best for your nation to all go down together holding hands, or should there be hidden facilities to protect ‘American culture’, as oxymoronic as that may sound. I’m sure there is a bunker jam packed with Yankees hats and long life hot dogs somewhere in the Rockies, maybe this is what DIA is hiding.

The page is called Exploring Life’s Mysteries, and yet you don’t explore them, do you? I wouldn’t even call my rebuttal an exploration of this ‘mystery’, simply a little bit of online sourced information, with questionable sources.

Please consider what I’ve said, not as an affront to yourself, but an opportunity to consider in the future, not deluding yourself or others. Provide as much accurate information as possible, and when you can, offer the OTHER point of view, the links or ideas that may debunk the more romantic or exciting possibilities. Otherwise, it is just plain douchery.

Cheers buddy, OK guy

Yea because the bunkers are for everyone, not for the elite and rich. They are also for homeless and ebt LMFAO. You’re an idiot. If something goes down you will die along with 99 percent of us because we are not rich. You have to be stupid if you think the rich don’t have a plan for when disaster strikes. Don’t believe nothing but when the time comes I will be ready.

Thank you so much for your feedback and your concerns about reporting any possible false or inaccurate facts. We will be double checking and adding additional references in the coming weeks. We appreciate your time to help us ensure we providing the most knowledgeable, up to date and correct information to our readers as possible.

March 31 Update:

1) Comet Elenin was in fact 22 MILLION miles – or 21,730,000 miles to be exact, this has been updated.

2) According to Wikipedia Obama was in Washington DC on October 16, 2011 at the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, this has also been updated.

“He and his family were attending the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Please take out the “the” before Martin Luther King Jr, it bothers me so much.

Rhiannon, it’s fixed! Thanks for letting us know.

I have access to the secret base on the moon and they beam me up Scotty from Startrak. It exists in Alaska right now. Even a man made hyposonic alien built aircraft underground network of the United States military for special operations.

Hello my name is Matthew Ryan Silva. I live in Tampa Florida but my point is that my uncle has nuclear weapons launch codes and the hidden highly secret bunkers were made by my father. He was special operations forces for the United States of America. We already know that aliens exists in Denver Colorado airport and I have personally been inside area 51. I can take 5 people to the base to see one of the aircrafts.

I would have to see any of this to believe it and anybody that can prove it has my vote.

Having lived by the old airport (Stapleton) and using the airport to its final days, I know why it shut down and opened a new one. For years the people of Aurora and Denver complained of the noise that airplanes were making over their houses. I remember many hearings and law suits filed against the city of Denver for noise pollution. Latter on the citizens won a law suit against Denver. If I remember right the FAA would fine the city of Denver for noise levels. Each time a flight came from the east they would get fined! I can’t remember how much but i think it was allot of Money! So why did they buy so much land? Well when Stapleton was built there wasn’t very many houses their and the city of Aurora was just starting to become a place to move to, so what it was, a bunch of idiots building their houses next to a very busy airport! When they planed the new DIA they said that we will make sure no one can build next to it! very simple, learn from the law suits that can come in later years!

Now as far as the tunnels under the airport and leading to Colorado Springs to NORAD well their is no evidence of that either! I am a retired miner that worked at a local mine, I know what it would take to build a tunnel from DIA to Colorado Springs and their is no way they could have accomplished this task with out anyone knowing. it would take more then a 2 billion dollars to do it! also how do you hide billions of tons of rock? it took the mine I worked at 30 years to mine 1 billion tons of rock.

Have you not heard of nuclear fusion underground tunnel machine patented in 1972.

What a bunch of B.S. This is, in it’s entirety, laughable. Please list the multiple sources you cite when addressing the non-existence of the New World Airport Commission. There is nothing you mention here that can be substantiated by fact. It is nothing more than supposition and hyperbole. Do people really believe this sort of thing?


Actually the AUAG symbol is not displayed directly in front of the mural. If you don’t get the little details right how are we supposed to believe the rest of your argument?

Saw this site and article on America Declassified last night on the Travel Channel. Awesome show and your article covers it well too. So cool! Love your logo too.

I am flying into the Denver airport this Friday for the holidays and had no clue that there were conspiracies around it. I hope that between this and the end of the world on 12/21 (this Friday) I don’t spontaneously combust. Is there anyone else out there traveling to Denver on December 21st and if so, let’s meet up at the airport bar and celebrate the end of the world!

Gonna let u know right now the world didnt end