How Safe Is Denver for Travel?

Denver, United States
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Denver is the capital of Colorado and the largest city in the entire Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

Denver is one of the most progressive cities, as well as one of the best-kept secrets in the United States.

One can visit one of Denver’s amazing neighborhoods, like Park Hill, Capitol Hill, LoDo, or Cherry Creek.

Denver offers all the convenient, modern, and high-end amenities of any big city.

The people living in Denver are obsessed with the outdoor world, and who can blame them?

Colorado offers year-round outdoor excitement, from hiking to running trails to fishing to rafting to skiing, you can find almost any type of outdoor activity you want near Denver.

Warnings & Dangers in Denver

Overall Risk


Denver is mostly safe to visit, but you should use caution when traveling, particularly in downtown and some of the other inner-city neighborhoods.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and other means of transportation are, overall, very safe to use in Denver, apart from pickpockets and petty thieves in buses, trains, and stations that may try to steal from you while it's crowded.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpocketing and bag snatching does exist, but it's not as common as you would expect, but applying simple precaution measures should minimize this risk. Be especially cautious in the downtown area.

Natural Disasters Risk


The majority of counties in Colorado are ranked at low or very low risk in terms of natural disasters - Denver being the sixth-ranked on that list. That means that it isn't particularly susceptible to natural disasters.

Mugging Risk


Denver is relatively safe when it comes to mugging or kidnapping. It rarely happens to tourists, but you should avoid dangerous areas. Stay informed on what parts of Denver to avoid, though the rule of thumb is that the suburb areas are much safer than the center of the city.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, the US hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


There will always be people trying to scam you, though this isn't the norm in Denver. Watch out for beggars and homeless people, though in general, they aren't dangerous and won't try to steal or trick you.

Women Travelers Risk


Denver is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Denver Really?

Denver is quite safe for a city its size, but there are some areas, like downtown Denver and other inner-city neighborhoods, that should be avoided.

You should treat walking in Denver like you do any other large city — no displays of opulence, be aware of your surroundings, don’t wear anything that obscures your hearing or vision, and don’t go into areas that are isolated alone.

Stick to the well-lit areas and travel in groups if you can.

As for violent crime, you are not likely to be raped or beaten up in Denver in your lifetime.

You’re most likely to have things stolen from you.

The roads in Denver are far more stress-inducing than they have to be and much of that has to do with bad and reckless drivers.

By all means, do refresh your defensive driving skills, and remember that Denver is a large city and you need to know where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and what you need to do to make the roads safer for you and those around you.

As for critical, neighborhoods, Montbello and a lot of Aurora fall under this category, as does the area from Five Points to West Colfax.

If those areas are taken out of the equation, then Denver is just as safe as Seattle or Minneapolis.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Denver. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Climate-wise, Denver is a dream country for those who enjoy the sunshine. The people living there enjoy a temperate climate and about 300 days of sunshine per year, with four distinct seasons. However, it's known for its heavy snowfalls, that usually occur between October and April.
  • Airports - Denver International Airport is the busiest airport serving the city of Denver. It's commonly referred to as DIA and located about 29 km northeast of downtown Denver.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Denver, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Denver Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Feb 1° C
Mar 4° C
Apr 9° C
May 14° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 4° C
Dec -1° C
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8 Reviews on Denver

  1. Visit to Denver Not a Good Idea

    Denver was a great city but at this time there are homeless encampments in the park across from the Capital. The 16th Street Mall which used to be a safe area to walk and find a restaurant is no longer safe and a lot of the business have closed.

    I would recommend by-passing the city of Denver all together and head toward the Mountains. The town of Golden is great as well as Morrison and Boulder are great cities to stop and walk around on your way to the Mountains.

  2. Denver not safe

    This article says terrorism is low. Did they sleep through all of the rioting and destruction that went on. I know people who work downtown and it is bad. A lot of restaurants closed and many homeless and begeers hitting you up. I would not recommend going downtown

  3. Denver is super safe. Compared to major cities like Chicago, LA, and New York the worst neighborhoods in Denver are equal to average neighborhoods there for safety.

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    Anonymous says:

    I usually feel really safe in Denver, but at the same time it’s not the cleanest city. I was walking around downtown and the smell of weed was so strong I had to cover my mouth with my sleeve to avoid coughing. There are also a lot of homeless people walking around.

  5. Hmmm

    You had me until you said safe as Seattle hahaha. Seattle is such a dangerous city, you couldn’t pay me to visit there. So now I’m questioning whether or not to visit Denver.

  6. Denver has turned to the ghetto. Liberals are ruining the city and voting in crappy politicians that are more worried about appeasing the feelings of the liberals, than actually taking care of crime.

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    Anonymous says:

    As long as you are smart and pay attention to your surroundings, Denver is a very safe city. Good food scene, beautiful historic downtown area, and friendly people almost everywhere. Great place

  8. False Article! Crime in Denver is at an all time high – just NOT being reported by our news. My NextDoor app tells a very different story. I live in Lowry – 3 doors kicked in over a 10 day period while the owners slept. Houses robbed, catalytic convertors being stolen from driveways, garages robbed of bikes and tools. Homeless trash camps EVERYWHERE creating a Health and Safety issue that looks like the scenes from San Francisco. Choose a better place to vacation and avoid Denver all together!

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