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Denver Warnings and Dangers

Tips on Denver Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

Denver Warnings and Dangers 

Denver, Colorado is one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the West. During your stay, enjoy the food, take in the beautiful views, but beware of the dangers around you.

Rough neighborhoods and the homeless

Denver has a large homeless population. Most are friendly and don’t pose a threat. However, some may be dangerous. Tourists are advised to stay clear of areas where homeless people reside. We all want to help, but it’s better to remain safe and let local organizations and volunteers provide the assistance these men and women need.

Most Denver neighborhoods in and around the city are safe, but some are to be avoided, especially at night. If you’re downtown, don’t wonder into less populated areas. Stay on the main streets and sidewalks. Public transportation is affordable and easily accessible, and cabs run most hours of the night.

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Denver receives a fair amount of snow each year, and tourists are warned to use caution when traveling to the city during the winter months. Spring snowstorms are also not out of the norm, so be prepared. If the forecast calls for snow, delay your trip if possible. The city deals with snow every year, and the plows are often able to clear the snow within hours, so you shouldn’t have to wait long. Better to be safe than stranded on the side of the interstate.

Beware of the drivers

Denver is infamous for its drivers. Yes, they are aggressive. Yes, the traffic moves much faster than the speed limit. Bring your patience and don’t take any chances. If you fly to Denver, take a cab, or better yet, hop on the train. For a few dollars, you can take the train from the Denver Airport to the Denver Union Station. With the price of gas, you’ll save yourself time, money, and stress.

Wildlife and hiking

The Rocky Mountains are a short drive from the center of the city. If you plan to go on a hike, ski, or simply want to drive the winding mountain roads, use caution. Mountain towns may seem sheltered from nature, but the wildlife are never far away. Mountain lions, bears, elk, moose, and wolves call this area home, so be careful and show respect. Most animals won’t approach you and they won’t attack unless provoked. Mountain stores sell bear spray and other repellents if you plan to stay in the back country. As you would with any other trip, prepare before you leave. Bring the necessary camping supplies, fresh water, and food. Don’t hike without a map, compass, phone, or GPS device. Nature is beautiful, but it can be unapologetically brutal if you don’t take it seriously.

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Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Denver warnings and dangers. This article originally stated that Denver is in the Midwest. It has been corrected.

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