How Safe Is Denver for Travel?

Denver, United States
Safety Index:
57

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

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

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

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

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

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

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

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

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

MUGGING RISK : LOW

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

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

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

SCAMS RISK : LOW

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

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

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.

How Does Denver Compare?

CitySafety Index
Denver57
Baltimore56
Boston67
Washington DC56
New York City67
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

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)

Jan -2° C
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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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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681117222731302519127
Low
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-9-7-41611141482-4-8
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434652637281888677665445
Low
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161925344352575746362518

Where to Next?

19 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

    1. DENVER IN FEP

      My family was verbally assaulted and threatened by a homeless vagrant while at a patio restaurant downtown in a Sunday afternoon. Most disturbing? No one even glanced our way – no one, including staff wanted to get involved. Denver is NOT safe!

  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.

    1. Denver Safe - It Is A LIE

      My mother was visiting downtown Denver, on the 16th Street Mall, and was attacked, beaten in the head. I had to pick her up from the hospital. Maybe I should post the picture I have of her face, so that people would understand what is really going on down there, but I just can’t do that. She has endured enough. All I will say to people that think they want to visit Denver. DON’T!

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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.

  7. A
    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. T
    Tiffany says:

    Is this written by a native?

    As a female native and a visitor, a large chunk of what’s written in here do not speak to my experience. I witnessed and experienced random acts of violence, disrespectful people on the busses, a parent and child reported as they were walking up to the Denver library they watched a guy inject himself with a needle and while traveling there’s no where to use a public restroom because store and restaurant owners are used to stuff like that happening. Sure, that last critique sounds nit-picky, but it something that small speaks to the culture of the city. Denver is rude, the recent democrat officials have turned the city into a special box of mini-California, and identity politics has taken over along with a path to legalizing segregation.

  9. 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!

  10. M
    Mark K. says:

    Denver Homeless Encampments Everywhere

    I was recently in Denver for a conference and am sad to report that the city has become rundown, and homeless encampments now line the sidewalks around the downtown area. The 16th Street Mall, which used to be bustling with life and activity, is now a ghost town and lined with shuttered shops.

    Our event planner informed us they would not be returning to Denver next year as a result of the city’s visible decline.

    It’s sad to see… Denver used to be a very beautiful place, and now it’s just another ugly big city in America.

  11. Safe but the homeless people are a huge distraction

    You have to check the art museum even if you’re not the kind of person who’s typically into art, their exhibits are amazing, you could easily spend three, four hours there.

    Rent a car to avoid spending hundreds on uber, you can have your pick if you book in advance. Their bus route doesn’t offer that much flexibility and it doesn’t reach that many areas.

    If you’re all about the outdoor life I would 100% suggest getting a buddy, don’t venture in the mountains alone being it summer or winter. On one hand you have wildlife like bobcats and bears and on the other hand you’re exploring new territory. If you absolutely have to go at it alone make sure to email your itinerary to a friend and do your best to stick to it. Always exercise caution! Denver is very popular with outdoor travel and it sure has the infrastructure for it.

    For anything food-related, you could go downtown where you will have a lot of options to choose from.

    Overall, I think the whole Denver area is safer than the Bay Area, especially if you’re traveling alone.

    The chances of you bumping into unsavory characters are rather slim but never zero so just avoid unwanted conversions or advice. No pickpockets, just the one off car theft but I have a zero-valuables-left-in-the-car policy that has kept me incident-free so far.

    A big problem for me were the homeless people which indeed, have their places they like to camp in, but still, not a pleasant sight.

    I would bump the safety rating to a 70, 75 even, the current index doesn’t reflect the current state of things and I’m saying this without comparing it with other cities. Regardless, if you come here for outdoor activities chances are you won’t be staying in the city that much.

  12. Horrible city

    I WAS an 18 year resdent of Denver. When I moved there the city was clean, safe, friendly. With the legalization of pot, influx of Californians,and political changes, the city deteriorated greatly from the city I used to love. Homeless camp out everywhere, crime ( notably theft) and violent crime surged, big drug problem, and the people are rude and ideologically intolerant. If that’s what the author calls ‘progressive’, they can have it.

  13. Not worth the Hassel

    The downtown is full of plywood covered windows..the once beautiful 16th street mall is covered with unwashed homeless and the air enveloped with the smell of urine and shit….businesses do not allow the use of restrooms. I had to piss in an alley. The few shops that are open have empty shelves from all the looters ….this city be nassy !

  14. C
    CoNative says:

    Quickly becoming a bad city to live in

    Lol crime is huge here, shootings after dark, no police presence, #1 in car thefts, homeless populations exploding, assault and robbery everywhere, downtown is a drunk fest after dark, this is what happens when you don’t vote for good governance, small businesses closed down never to reopen. Colorado front range is a sad state of affairs.

  15. Save your money

    We (4) women just spent a weekend in Denver. Spent a lot of time in the downtown, 16th Street Mall area. It was an absolute mess. Homeless and fifth everywhere. Felt very unsafe. 4th and last trip to Denver. Not worth the expense.

  16. Loved it!

    I had a wonderful time in Denver with my friend Mark. Can’t wait for a second visit.

  17. Mark my words

    Yet again I had an absolutely wonderful time in Denver. I was there with my jolly good friend, Mark, and we enjoyed each other’s company and the hospitality of Denver without issue. Yes, there are some homeless people as with all North American cities but we didn’t find this to be a problem. I hope to reach around to getting back.

Rated 2.68 / 5 based on 19 user reviews.

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