2024 State Tournament

April 6, 2024

State Tournament Location Hinkley High School.

State Tournament Information

Congratulations and Welcome!


2024 State Championship Tournament

Congratulations! Your team’s hard work has paid off!  You have qualified to compete in the 2024 State Championship Tournament! This celebration will be a joyful culmination of your creative year.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2024

  • Competition Times: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Aiming to have the schedule posted by March 26, 2024. Posted
  • Celebrations: Pre Awards Dance party and Teen Party 5:15 PM
  • Awards: Scheduled for 6:o0 p.m. But this may change once the schedule is completed.

Where: Hinkley High School

  • Maps will be on the website:
    • Updated and under “Challenge Locations”

Registration Deadline:

  • Register by the Friday after your regional tournament, regardless of holidays or spring breaks
  • Payment due by March 29, 2024, cost $200 per team.


Information found on the website:

  • Step-by-step Tournament registration and preparation directions
  • Global Finals information
  • Online registration & merchandise order directions
  • Everything you want to know about the Tournament
  • Check in at the Tournament
  • Hotel information

If you have any questions, please call (720) 542-3637 or Kate D or Kate M

We are thrilled to be able to offer a competitive tournament this year for our hard-working teams.

See you at State!

Step by Step Instructions

2024 State Championship Tournament

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide

  • Register your team by the Friday after your tournament. If you team is choosing NOT to attend, please email Kate. Regardless of holidays or spring breaks, your registration MUST be completed.  We cannot schedule the tournament without your registration. Go to ryt.destinationimagination.org to complete your registration online.
  • To make the day complete, order tournament t-shirts, pins, and activity wristbands (complementary activity wristbands are available for each team member, only purchase wristbands for siblings and guests). Adults do not need wristbands. To order online, go to Destination Imagination CO Store.
  • Payments for tournament registration and any merchandise orders are due March 22, 2024. If payment cannot be made by this time, you must contact Kate to make arrangements. (Payment for the tournament has been extended to March 29.)
  • The tournament schedule will be published by 6:00 p.m. on March 26, 2024. Remember to block the entire day for this event.
  • If you have questions about anything in this packet, please call the DICO office at 720-542-3637 or email Kate D or Kate M.

For State Registration instructions, Click Here!

Everything You Want to Know about the Tournament

2024 State Championship

Everything You Want to Know about Tournament but are Afraid to Ask!

Prior to the Tournament Day:

  1. Have a team/parent meeting to discuss competition logistics such as:
    1. Travel plans, especially if you are coming from outside the Denver Metro area.
    2. Global Finals and what your team’s decision to attend or not. (see below).
    3. Location and possible times of Team Challenges and Instant Challenge competitions.
    4. T-shirt and pin purchases.
    5. Meal plans for the day.
    6. Where and when the team should meet on competition day.
    7. Unloading/parking/loading plans.
    8. Behavioral expectations of Team Members, Team Managers and parents.
    9. Back-up plans if you get separated or if the competition runs late.
    10. The Awards Ceremony.
    11. Emergency Contact Information.
  2. State Championship Schedule:

Tournament times will be posted by March 26, 2024. Times will be posted online only; you will not receive a mail or email notification. Please remember that we schedule all regions evenly. Each region will have teams starting first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon.

Due to the scheduling nature of this large tournament, teams usually have between two and three hours between their Team Challenge and Instant Challenge. There are many activities at the State tournament to participate in during the day.

Teams may have their Instant Challenge first or their Team Challenge first.

This is a new tournament location, maps will be posted on our website and will be available at tournament check-in. Please locate your Challenge, prop drop-off areas, and the closest parking prior to coming to tournament.

3. Talk with your parents, school, and school district about the possibilities of attending Global Finals.

As has been discussed, only teams that qualify can compete at Global Finals.  Discuss how your team might arrange quick financing to Global Finals held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO with arrival before opening ceremonies the evening of Wednesday, May 22.  Your cost per team will be $5,500 plus room and board. This should average to $2,000 per student and adult traveling for teams with 2 team managers and 5 team members. Most years DICO invites the top three in each level and challenge if that helps you to make your decision. From my experience, any Colorado team in the top six will be competitive at Global Finals.

  1. Check our website

We regularly post updates on our website!

  1. Make reservations for overnight accommodations, if needed.

The Embassy Suites – Denver Tech Center is our only hotel sponsor this year. Book your room by Clicking Here!

New Hotel Block, Double Tree Hotel Aurora: Destination Imagination Colorado Block

  1. Order Tournament T-shirts, and Pins! We are offering two different sets of four pins this year. You can view the pins and t-shirts at the Destination Imagination Colorado Store.
    1. Wristbands for outdoor activities are free for team members. Additional wristbands for friends and siblings are available for $5 a piece. You will be able to bring your team and others into an activity area for added fun!
  2. More information to come as we get closer to the event.

Tournament Day

  1. Bring with you:
    1. Your tournament schedule
    2. Cameras – remember that some teams may not allow pictures or video-taping
    3. Extra extension cords or power strips if your team needs them (each site will have access to one extension cord).
    4. Repair kit
    5. Small First Aid kit
  2. Ensure that your team parents and other spectators have the following information:
    1. Team name
    2. School name
    3. Challenge name and level
    4. Challenge location
    5. Parking information
    6. Performance time
  3. Parking
    1. Parking at the high school available, Please carpool.
  4. Food
    1. We have 3 great food trucks as well as a dessert truck. See more details below.
  1. Bring your Destination Imagination spirit and positive attitude
    1. Please remember that all of the people working at our tournament are volunteering their time to support your team.
    2. If your team has a question about scoring or tournament procedures, ask to speak with the Head Appraiser.
    3. If you feel that your issue has not been resolved to your satisfaction, team managers and/or team members can request a Dialogue with the State Challenge Master, the Tournament Director and other tournament officials. Team parents are NOT included in this process.
  2. Plan to stay and enjoy the day
      1. See what other teams are doing
      2. Cheer on teams from your region
    2. DI STORE
      1. Gifts, trinkets, and new 2024 pins will be available for purchase at the DI store
      2. There will be a FEW state t-shirts available for purchase, if your team does not pre-order
        • We accept credit cards and cash
  1. Activities
    1. Outdoor recreation activities will include a giant inflatable slide and obstacle course. Wrist bands are required. They are free for team members, $5 for siblings and friends.
    2. “Escape Room,” scavenger hunt and other activities are being planned. More information to follow. Pre-Sign up required this year – information below.

After the Tournament

  1. Take your props home. Campus dumpsters are NOT available for our props. Do not destroy your props until you hear the tournament results.
  2. The celebration party will begin before the award ceremony. We will open the doors at 5:15. We have a dance party scheduled for elementary and middle school teams.
  3. High School party begins at 5:00 PM. Registration is required, but this is a FREE event for our High School students. More information to follow.
  4. Awards Ceremony will take place by 6:00 PM. We must allow late performing teams time to review their scores and the score room to finalize scores, so the start time may run a bit late. Please be patient. This time is subject to change and you will be notified. .
  5. Mandatory Global Finals Celebration meeting for all Team Managers going to Global Finals
    1. This meeting will take place on Sunday, April 7, 7:00 PM via Zoom.

Check In at the Tournament

Check in at the State Championship Tournament

Team Check In

  • Check in will be open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the entry way. You can go here at any point of the day. It is not a requirement to check in before your Challenge. At check in you and your team will pick up:
    • Maps
    • Team Manager Gift
    • Pins, t-shirts and wristbands

Check In for Central Challenge

  • All Teams must be at their Challenge Site Prep area 20 minutes prior to their performance time.
  • Tournament sites might run late, but they will not start early.

Check In for Instant Challenge

  • All Teams must be at Instant Challenge (IC)check-In 20 minutes prior to their IC time.
  • The waiting area for Instant Challenge is TBD.
  • Please do not arrive more than 20 minutes before your scheduled time.

Food Trucks & Entertainment

State Championship Food Trucks & Entertainment

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Escape Room Sign-ups: Sign ups begin Monday April 1

Candy Land Sign Up Here

You’ve been trapped inside the board game Candy Land! Your team must reach the Candy Rainbow Castle to win and return to the real world! For younger teams

You’ve Shrunken! Sign Up Here

Your team was wandering around in the attic looking for DI materials when you ran across an old machine that accidentally shrunk you! Work your way through the challenges to find the materials and instructions necessary to fix the machine and grow back to normal height!

Kitchen Kerfuffle Sign Up Here

You’re trapped in the kitchen! Your team must decipher clues to collect all the ingredients to make a soup and escape! More difficult.

Alien Escape  Sign up Here

You and your team have been kidnapped by aliens and now it is your mission to escape from your intergalactic cell, take control of the ship and save earth from the alien overlords.  More difficult.


As in years past, there will be bouncy houses AND rock climbing walls located near the food trucks! (By the main entrance of the school)

Hotel Information

State Championship Hotel Information


New Hotel Information: Double Tree Aurora: New Hotel Block, Double Tree Hotel Aurora: Destination Imagination Colorado Block



Embassy Suites – Denver Tech Center is the hotel sponsor for our event this year. They have offered us a discount rate on all rooms reserved for the tournament! Reservations should be made by March 20 to receive the block rate for the rooms. Late reservations will be charged the prevailing rate.

Hotel:  Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center

Rate per Room:  $131 

To Make Reservations, Click Here!

Global Finals Information


I understand that if my team qualifies for Global Finals, my team and I will confirm our attendance to DI Colorado by the end of business day, . Deposit due to Global Finals by April 17.



  1. Your team must qualify for Global Finals by finishing in the top 3.

Before the tournament, you MUST meet with your parents, school, and school district about the possibilities of competing at Global Finals. You MUST accept or decline your invitation by Tuesday, April 9 END OF DAY. Discuss how your team might arrange financing to the tournament. The cost of the event is $5,500 per team exclusive of room, board, and travel. Please email Kate with invitation response.

Teams in 4th-6th spots should keep their props. Team spots that are declined will pass to the 4-6th place teams respectively.

All registrations, and deposit for Global Finals are due by April 17, 2024.

Next Steps

  1. If your team chooses to represent Colorado at the Global Finals Tournament on May 22– May 25, 2023, Kansas City, MO, with arrival by the evening of May 22 – ensure you have enough time for registration and check-in before it starts, you and your team will need to raise about $5,500 per team plus room, board and transportation.
  2. Team managers will be invited to attend a Zoom information meeting for information and to ask any questions.

When: Apr 7, 2023 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

  1. This meeting will take place on Sunday, April 7, via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting.

Challenge Locations

Please open for a detailed look at where to find your challenge locations.


2024 Challenge Locations

Over Sized Parking

Please park any school buses and U-Hauls in the Church parking lot immediately to the South of Hinkley High School.



State Schedule


To Be Determined.

Award Ceremony

Our Award Ceremony and Dance Party will be at the Gym beginning at 5:15 PM.

We will start awards promptly at 6:00 PM.

You must have a ticket to attend the Dance Party and the Award Ceremony.

You will be given double the amount of tickets for the number of team members you have present. Ex: You are a team of 5, you will get 10 tickets. Everyone entering the space needs a ticket. The kids, the team manager and any supporter. There are no extra tickets. If you are the team manager, and you don’t have a child on that team, you need to make sure you get a ticket and you can distribute the tickets in any way that works for you after that. I can’t set aside any extra tickets. I would suggest that for older teams middle level and high school level, that teams and team managers come without parents.

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