The weather fluctuates a lot anytime of the year. It never freezes in Denver in July or August - but it has snowed here in June. Winters can be cold but sunny - so bring a heavy jacket and sunglasses. The sun reflecting off the snow can be blinding. Bring shorts anytime from April through October.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: always bring a tent and sleeping bag when camping in the mountains. You never know how cold it will get at night or if it will Thunderstorm.
Luggage and bags:
Take little with you, and leave little behind!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on the time of year, be prepared for anything. A good pair of hiking boots is just as stylish in the city as out.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A roll of toilet tissue is a good idea.... ya' never know...
As the weather in Denver is ever-changing (I've actually seen 3 seasons in just ONE day), plan your wardrobe for layers. That way if you're momentarily too warm you can take off a layer but still have the option to put it back on when the winds shift 10 minutes later.
As we are 1 mile closer to the sun, the sun is significantly brighter and more intense here. Sunglasses and Sunscreen are a must during anytime of the year!
Miscellaneous: If you are staying in the downtown Denver area, the merchants downtown capitalize on the fact that they have an almost 'captive consumer base' and increase prices accordingly. Prices in the suburbs and away from downtown are significantly lower.
Sandals are popular in the Denver area. Find a comfortable pair that have straps or something to attach to your foot. People here also wear a lot of khaki. Also, the temperature can wildly switch from day to day. We've been known to have a blizzard one day, and the next day reach over 60 degrees! Also, even in the summer, the temperature doesn't stay warm at all once the sun is down. So do yourself a favor and bring layers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and lotion! I grew up in the midwest, and we rarely used sunscreen and lotion. Here, you're so close to the sun, you need the sunscreen. Also, there's *very little* humidity here, which can be good because the heat doesn't feel as hot and the cold doesn't feel as cold. However, you skin can easily feel dry and itchy. In the summer months, everyone here wears sunglasses. That's not only a fashion trend; the sun and glare can be brutal.
Miscellaneous: In Denver, dont park in the crowded garages of downtown they are very expensive 20-50 dollars a day....park at RTD park and rides for free along 10th and Lipan, alameda and santa fe, i-25 and broadway, i-25 and evans, hampden, quincy and oxford and take the train into town for a buck
Miscellaneous: Denver is a bit higher then most people are use to, I find my family and friends from the other parts of the world get a bit tired more easily then the locals, Bottled water is a must if you plan on walking around. The tap water is fine to drink too. Another must even for us locals is lip balm and lotion as sometimes the winter dryness can be brutal!
Luggage and bags:
Denver airport has shuttle trains that take you to your luggage, when you get off the plane, follow the crowd to the train to avoid getting lost, then use restrooms when you get to the main terminal.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Denver has over 300 sunny days a year... and little humidity
Winter: Although Denver is known for snow.. it's not usually that bad, sure it could be 20 & a blizzard, but in 3 days it could be sunny, 65F and most of the snow melted (in January even).. wind can be very strong at times. Avg temps *dry* 40s, you can still feel quite warm when the sun is shining, unless you are use to the southern sun.
Summer: I have heard stories of it snowing on the 4th of July here.. but for the most part it is pretty warm and dry, but expect a temperature swing once the sun goes down.. I have seen temps over 90 during the day drop to near 50 at night... the mountains *can* be much colder and see snow, but don't rule out hot blazing summer heat either.
Fall and Spring, Mix up summer and winter above and you have it, with wild swings in between.. it can literally be 20 and snowing one day and 75 and sunny 2 days later.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: water, Water, WATER!!.. drink it until you feel you might explode, especially if you want to go higher into the mountains, otherwise you will be complaining of a splitting headache and altitude sickness... and we hate that, especially if we told you to drink water and you didnt!! keep an aspirin and lots of WATER handy if you do not expect to give yourself a few days to acclimate.
Photo Equipment: This is Colorado, bring your best memory capturing devices... Many parts of the state have abundant wildlife as well.. If you want scenery.. well its abundant.. Trail Ridge road in Rocky Mountain NP (Estes Park), Mt. Evans, Pikes peak is less than 2 hrs, Georgetown, Boulder Mtn Park, Red Rocks... really there are soo many more places.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping, be prepared for anything anytime, it can get cold summer nights.. and lightning in the mountains claims a lot more ppl than you would believe. Do not leave food laying around at all, especially in parks, you can be ticketed for it! (for good reason). Dogs are not allowed in some parks, aside from being a nuisance to wildlife, wildlife can attack them (thinking they are coyotes) and you as well if you are with them.
Miscellaneous: Wildlife Viewing... Elk in Eastern Rocky Mountain NP, Moose in western. Coyotes are all over, but especially in plains. Mountains have wide variety of others, such as bighorn sheep (rock cliff like areas), bears (hide from people, so don't count on it.. unless you leave food out then it can be a less than desirable experience), Mountain Lions, Mountain goats (Go up mt Evans in summer)... etc... Please keep in mind, there are more deaths and injuries to people from deer like animals here than all the others combined, don't walk up on elk or moose!! They can tear you and your car to shreds. Use common sense.
In the city, you can check out the 16th street mall, Elitch Gardens, our large blue bear or Sports Authority Field. Many suburb areas are friendly, but it is still a city, anything can happen. Beggars are one of the biggest issues on my opinion.
In large part, the area is very health oriented (especially toward the mountain areas and city of Boulder), expect bikers on roads, hikers, joggers on roads, full parks (even in winter!)& lots of health oriented vegetarians (I say that to keep you mindful of that, especially when taking someone out to eat). Beer breweries are all over the Denver area, you could spend days sampling them. Blackhawk gambling town and hours drive into the mountains.. and of course winter sports with the snow..
Overall this is a beautiful excellent area for visits but as the title states, be respectful, especially of others views and of anything nature related.
Luggage and bags:
depends on how long you stay.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfy shoes. bring an umbrella and lite jacket even in summer.
Photo Equipment: lots of photo ops
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: camping is all around
Miscellaneous: It is cool in the mornings here and then gets overwhelmingly hot in the afternoons. Of course during the spring and summer months only. Bundle up if it is winter.
Luggage and bags:
Big backpack if you plan on traveling up to the mountains, etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the Winter you should bring a wide range of clothing because our winters are very mild for the most part and, while you may need a sweater and long underwear you may also just need a t-shirt and khakis. It all depends on what Mother Nature decides to bring with her that day. Our winter weather can change on a dime from 20 degrees and snow to 70 degrees and sunny.
In the summer it gets ridiculously hot here. It's just really unbelievable because most people don't associate heat with Colorado. The summers are hot and dry. You want to pack VERY light clothing (shorts, light tanks - no jeans or other heavy pants or shirts). If you are planning on going to the mts. then bring a few warmer things (sweaters, fleece, jeans), as it gets cold at night in the mts.
OH! Bring a rain coat also as we get thunderstorms pretty regularly in the spring and summer.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Really, the most important thing you can bring with you, is sunscreen. Denver is fortunate to have over 300 sunny days a year. If you are fair skinned, you will burn if exposed to the sun for too long. Bring sunscreen, and keep hydrated.
Layers. You've heard it a million times, but just watch the weather for a few days, and you'll see why--the range of temperatures can be ridiculous. It's not uncommon to have a winter day with a low below freezing and a high of 70.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of water--it's a high, dry place, and people from lower elevations have serious problems adjusting quite commonly.
Miscellaneous: Water, water, water. And those windshield scrapers.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everyone describes their city with 'If you don't like the weather, just wait an hour and it'll change.' In Denver, we MEAN it. Last week (it was the end of February), it went from 70 to -10 in 24 hours. Pack layers and heavy shoes and expect snow any time of year exept July and August. The other 10 months are fair game.
Warm clothes in winter and cool clothes in summer. the weather changes drasticly throughout the year so make sure you are dresses for the right season.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you need is there.
Photo Equipment: Bring a camera or you will regret it. Denver is absolutely photo worthy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for any type of weather. In late May, a week after it had been snowing, the weather was in the 90s. It dropped into the 50s about a week or so later. So bring a range of clothing for different temperatures. As for the rain, that never lasts very long.
Miscellaneous: As you may or may not have seen on my Colorado and Colorado Springs pages, be sure you bring and drink lots of water. This is essential to combat altitude sickness, even in Denver.