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When to Visit Denver

by SmarterTravel Staff

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver experiences relatively mild weather throughout the year. Summer is the most popular time to visit for family vacations and conventions, and is often characterized by warm afternoons and cool evenings.

Fall can be an ideal time to enjoy pleasant temperatures and colorful aspens. Winter brings cooler temperatures and snow, as well as lower prices and fewer crowds. Spring sees blooming flowers and temperatures similar to fall, perfect for outdoor activities.

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  • high season: June to August
  • low season: November to March
  • shoulder season: April to May, September to October

Weather Information

Denver experiences four mild seasons, with an arid climate. Summers bring warm weather and low humidity, offering comfortable afternoons and evenings. The spring and fall are pleasant, perfect for an afternoon hike or a day of leaf-peeping. Aspen fall foliage is at its peak from mid-September until mid-October. Winter temperatures can get fairly cold, with highs averaging 48 degrees. Snow may fall, especially in March, but it rarely stays on the ground for very long. Chinooks, or mountain winds that gain heat as they lose elevation, help warm up the winters, occasionally raising the daily temperature to 60 degrees. The city receives an average of 18 inches of preceiptation annually.

Crowd Information

Summer is a peak time for crowds and conventions, and hotels in the downtown area frequently sell out with business clientele, but the exact dates vary by year.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

November through March is the best time to save a little extra cash, especially for hotels, while July and August tend to the most expensive months due to higher demand. Packages, however, are available year-round on a week-to-week basis. Airfare prices also tend to drop in the winter, even with the rise in ski tourism, because of fewer business and leisure visitors overall.

Information provided by the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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