Information & Facts
Denver experiences a semi-arid climate with typical dry, cold
winters, warm summers, showery springs and pleasant autumns. The
weather in Denver is influenced by the nearby Rocky Mountains,
which block the winter storms somewhat. In summer the humidity from
the Gulf of Mexico causes afternoon thunderstorms. Denver's weather
can also be unpredictable, with unseasonal snowstorms occurring.
The average annual rainfall is low, and sunny skies are the norm,
and in winter around 60 inches of snow usually falls.
The public transport system in Denver is excellent with an
outstanding, comprehensive bus network that is supplemented by a
light rail line operating throughout the metropolitan area and
outlying towns. Along the 16th Street Mall, bus shuttles provide
free service, and from June to September, a hop-on, hop-off trolley
links the main city centre attractions. Taxis can be hailed on the
streets, but it is better to find them at taxi ranks or to order
them by phone; they can be difficult to find on the street around
2am when the bars close. Cars are not necessary for downtown, and
parking is expensive.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.