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Travel Tips For Colorado

Visiting Colorado

Denver is 5280 feet (1 mile high) above sea level, and some visitors may feel the effects of the altitude. We encourage you to drink plenty of water to help you adjust to the altitude!  Check out this article for more information: National Jewish - Altitude Sickness.

  • Mountains are to the West.
  • Streets run North and South.  Avenues run East and West.
  • Right turns on a red light are permitted unless otherwise noted. 
  • Pedestrians have the Right-of-Way.
  • Many neighborhood streets are in alphabetical order.
  • Street signs usually indicate the number blocks either East or West of Broadway
  • Avenue signs usually indicate the number of blocks North or South of Ellsworth Avenue.
  • Parking at meters in the City of Denver is free for up to four hours with a valid handicapped parking placard or license plates.  See Denver Handicapped Parking Information FAQs below for more information.
  • All city buses (RTD) are equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps and can carry up to two wheelchair passengers.
  • Light rail is free to people using a wheelchair.
  • Sixteenth Street Mall buses are wheelchair accessible and are free.

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When it comes to Denver weather, there's no need for guessing games. Before you pack for your trip, check out our clothing guide. You'll find a basic outline of routine attire sectioned by season. Just scroll to find the season of choice, and then get ready to pack for the trip of a lifetime! Enjoy our Denver weather!

Springtime visitors to Denver and Colorado will find balmy, sunny days with cool evenings. With the Denver weather being so comfortable, medium weight clothing such as a comfortable pantsuit for women or a lightweight jacket for men will be most appropriate. Ties for men are seldom necessary except for business occasions or in the more formal restaurants. Denver weather is usually mild and dry.

Cool, casual clothing is ideal for our warm, sunny, summer days in Denver. Sunglasses are a must with more than 300 days of sunny Denver weather. If you plan on being outside for an extended time you need to use sunscreen. When the sun goes down, the Denver weather may change. Evenings can be cool and summer storms can arise suddenly so an umbrella or light jacket might be needed.

Denver weather in the fall is pleasantly similar to Spring with warm days and cool evenings. Medium weight clothing with a jacket and/or topcoat for evenings should prove a comfortable combination in this Denver weather. A visit to the mountains will generally require warmer clothing. However, daytime temperatures can vary from warm to crisp, so several layers of medium weight clothes (shirts, sweaters, and jackets) will allow adjustment for maximum comfort.

Winter days are generally a combination of warm sun and crisp air. Daytime temperatures can vary from below freezing to above 60 degrees, so layers of medium weight clothing together with a warm jacket or overcoat are desirable. Many may think Denver weather is full of snow, but that's actually not true. Snow falls infrequently in Denver and usually disappears quickly; however, a pair of boots should be included in the wardrobe. Remember, because our Denver weather is typically mild and dry, outdoor activities can be enjoyed year -round! Wintertime in Denver can become cold. Particularly for evenings, very warm outer clothing such as heavy sweaters, ski jackets, and warm-up pants may be needed.

TSA Announces Launch of TSA Cares Toll Free Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Needs

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of TSA Cares today, a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions, prior to getting to the airport. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at:


prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

“TSA Cares provides passengers with disabilities and medical needs another resource to use before they fly, so they know what to expect when going through the screening process,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “This additional level of personal communication helps ensure that even those who do not travel often are aware of our screening policies before they arrive at the airport.”

Since its inception, TSA has provided information to all travelers through its TSA Contact Center and Customer Service Managers in airports nationwide. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.

When a passenger with a disability or medical condition calls TSA Cares, a representative will provide assistance, either with information about screening that is relevant to the passenger’s specific disability or medical condition, or the passenger may be referred to disability experts at TSA. TSA recommends that passengers call approximately 72 hours ahead of travel so that TSA Cares has the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint support with a TSA Customer Service Manager located at the airport when necessary.

Every person and item must be screened before entering the secure area of an airport and the manner in which the screening is conducted will depend on the passenger’s abilities and any specific equipment brought to the security checkpoint.

TSA strives to provide the highest level of security while ensuring that all passengers are treated with dignity and respect. The agency works regularly with a broad coalition of disability and medical condition advocacy groups to help understand their needs and adapt screening procedures accordingly. TSA holds quarterly meetings with this coalition to inform them about current training and screening procedures used in airports. TSA recently hosted a teleconference with members of these groups to announce the long-standing plans to implement TSA Cares for travelers and inform them of the upcoming launch.

All travelers may ask to speak to a TSA supervisor if questions about screening procedures arise while at the security checkpoint.

The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays. After hours, travelers can find information about traveling with disabilities and medical needs on TSA’s website. To learn more click here.

All travelers can contact TSA using Talk To TSA, a web-based tool that allows passengers to reach out to an airport Customer Service Manager directly, and the TSA Contact Center, 1-866-289-9673 and, where travelers can ask questions, provide suggestions and file complaints.

For more information about TSA, please visit


Chanda Hinton Leichtle
Communications Officer & Treasurer
Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities
(303) 246-4290

Denver Handicapped Parking Information FAQs

Yes, as long as the person they were issued to is being transported by the vehicle using the hang-tag or license.

On Denver streets a person using a valid disability placard or plate, issued to them, may park at Denver City meters for up to four (4) hours without paying during the time parking is allowed. The vehicle must then be moved.

A person using a valid disability placard or plate, issued to them, may park in Denver City signed time limit zones for up to four (4) hours when parking is allowed. The vehicle must then be moved.

A person with a mobility impairment using a valid disability placard or plate, issued to them, may park in Denver City signed time limit zones for up to four (4) hours when parking is allowed. The vehicle must then be moved.

Yes. There are “van only” spaces. Any other vehicle can be ticketed for a disability parking violation. ($150.00)

These spots denote access aisles. NO ONE can park in these spaces, regardless if the vehicle is displaying a disability hang-tag or license plate. The vehicle can be ticketed for a disability parking violation. ($150.00)