“THE GLADDEST MOMENT IN HUMAN LIFE, ME THINKS, IS DEPARTURE INTO UNKNOWN LANDS."
Sir Richard Burton
These questions and answers apply to our free tours.
How can you offer free Denver tours?
Because we think that Denver is unique and we want to share our fun, exciting tour through the city with everyone, regardless of your budget, our free tours operate on a "pay-what-you-like" tipping model. We think that you should decide how much you think your Denver tour was worth when your tour is finished. With tour guides working for tips only, you know that your guide is going to go the extra mile to make sure that you have a GREAT tour, enjoy your experience, learn something new, answer any questions you have, and give you the best local recommendations!
When do the free Denver tours take place?
May 1 - October 31: Tours are seven days a week, rain, shine, (or snow!), at 10:00 am.
November 1 - April 30: Tours are every Saturday and Sunday, rain, shine, (or snow!), at 10:00 am.
Our team does observe a few holidays, so no tours each year on: July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, December 24th, December 25th, and January 1st.
Do the tours ever get cancelled for weather?
The show must go on! Our tours go out rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the conditions. If the weather is less than ideal your guide will try to include as many “bad weather” indoor stops as possible. We may cancel or postpone a Denver tour due to severe weather - please check our Facebook page in the morning, before the scheduled tour, if you believe there may be a possibility of extreme weather cancelling that day's tour.
Is it necessary to make reservations?
Nope, unless you are a group of more than six people. Just look for your tour guide at the meeting point wearing a bright yellow DFWT shirt!
What if there are more than 6 people in my party?
Parties of 7+ guests must book a private, pre-paid tour, as our 10 am tours are designed for individual visitors or small groups of visitors to ensure a safe and engaging tour experience.
Where is the meeting point for the free Denver tours?
The tour begins at the front steps of our Colorado State Capitol building. Please meet your guide at the front steps, which face west, towards the mountains and Lincoln Ave. Lincoln Ave. is directly to the west of the Colorado State Capitol, Colfax Ave. is to the north and 14th Ave. is to the south. Your guide will be wearing a bright yellow shirt with the DFWT logo on it.
If you have a GPS or smartphone, plug this address in to navigate ti the Colorado State Capitol: 200 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203
The tours still operate when there are events happening in the Civic Center Park and Colorado State Capitol area. We promise - you'll still easily be able to spot your guide for the day in their neon yellow shirts!
How can you get to the free tour meeting point?
Our free walking tour starting location at the Colorado State Capitol is just a few blocks from 16th Street Mall and all downtown Denver has to offer!
By bus: Routes 0, 9, 10, 15, and 52 all travel from the downtown area to Civic Center Park and the Colorado State Capitol. Click here for bus routes and enter in your starting location. The free 16th St. Mall Ride is also a great option. Take the Mall Ride southeast, getting off at the last stop which is located at 16th St. Mall and Cleveland Pl., then follow the walking directions below.
Driving/Parking: There are eight parking garages and surface lots within two blocks of Civic Center Park. To see the locations of these garages please click here. Street parking is only good for two hours, so we recommend against it as you probably won't be back to your car in time.
Walking: From the downtown area, head southeast down 16th St. Mall, turn right on Broadway. You will walk south about two blocks, cross over Colfax Ave., and the meeting spot (the Colorado State Capitol) will be about a block south of Colfax on your left!
Taxi/Uber/Lyft: Ask your driver to drop you off at The Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO.
What if we are running late for the free tour?
Please try to be on time. We recommend arriving at the starting location about 5-10 minutes before the tour starts, your tour guide will arrive about 5 minutes before the tour's start time. If you are running 5-10 minutes late, please feel free to quietly join the tour group, as the group will be at or near the starting location for the first part of the tour, as there is a lot to see and talk about around the Capitol and Civic Center Park. The second tour stop is the Denver Public Library, followed by the Denver Art Museum.
Will my kid(s) like these tours?
That really depends on your kid(s)! Our Denver tours are definitely suitable for children and have been designed to be suitable for all ages. Your guide is also trained and experienced in working with all ages.
Can I bring Fido on the free tours?
Well-behaved dogs on leashes or in dog carriers are allowed and we've had a few great dogs join us on our tours. We recommend that when you arrive you ask your fellow tour guests if they mind as some guests may have fears of dogs or allergies to dogs.
Are their restrooms available while on the tour?
Please plan on using the restroom before the tor, as their are no public restrooms along the tour route. Should you need to use the restroom while on the tour, there is a rest stop at a coffee shop after the halfway point in the tour and there are other private restrooms your guide may be able to direct you to.
What are the languages spoken in the free tours?
Tours are currently offered in English only so you will need to understand spoken English for this tour, and all of our tours.
Are there any private Denver tours?
Yes, just contact us and we will arrange it! We guarantee you the same fun, informative experience or customize the tour to your unique interests, preferences, or needs.
How long do the free tours take?
The free city tour lasts about 2-2.5 hours and we will walk about 1.8 miles.
Where do the free tours end?
We couldn't think of a better place to end the tour than in front of Coors Field, home of our Rockies baseball team! There are a ton of restaurants, shops, and attractions, including 16th Street Mall, all within a 5 minute walk. If you need to get back to the start of the tour route, the free 16th Street Mall shuttle runs every few minutes and will take you back!
Is it necessary to bring anything to your Denver tours?
Not really, simply comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a bottle of water and be ready to have some fun!
Is this tour recommended for guests with disabilities?
The free tour is a fairly flat route and guests in wheelchairs or utilizing scooters have joined us many times. Please be sure to introduce yourself to your wonderful guide and host for the day just let your tour guide know a little bit more about any accommodations needed so that they can adjust the route to include ramps vs. stairs and sidewalks vs. grass.
For safety reasons, guests must be able to see and hear.
We have worked with many guests with different cognitive abilities when accompanied by a friend, family member, or staff member.
What sites will we see on the free tour?
We will have a chance to see these Denver highlights:
1. State Capitol
2. Civic Center Park
3. Denver Public Library
4. Denver Art Museum
5. City & County Building
6. U.S. Mint
7. Denver Convention Center
8. Denver Performing Arts Complex
9. Larimer Square
10. 16th Street Mall
11. Union Station
Does the free walking tour go inside any of the sites or landmarks listed above?
Due to the length of the tour, the size of our average walking tour group, and each building's regulations, we are only able to go inside Union Station in the 2-2.5 hours we have the opportunity to host you.