“THE GLADDEST MOMENT IN HUMAN LIFE, ME THINKS, IS DEPARTURE INTO UNKNOWN LANDS."
Sir Richard Burton
Walking Tours FAQs
Scroll down for FAQs specific to our free Denver walking tours.
Is it necessary to make reservations when touring Denver with your team?
Yes, since COVID and our focus on smaller group sizes, all tours require advanced reservations. This also gives you the opportunity to receive helpful emails from our team for a successful tour and a text message from your guide before your tour so that if you're running late or aren't able to locate them, you can contact them directly and don't miss your tour.
You must book your spot on a tour at least one hour prior to the tour start. Our team isn't able to accept payment onsite at the Denver walking tour meeting points and some of our Denver tours do fill to capacity and/or have waiting lists.
What if I'm running late for my Denver walking tour?
Please be on time. We ask that all guests arrive at each tour's departure point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled tour departure time to make sure you don't miss out. All of our historic tours and specialty tours of Denver do depart on time. Your Denver tour guide will arrive at least 5 minutes before the tour's start time.
Can I bring Fido on my Denver walking tour?
Well-behaved dogs on leashes or in dog carriers are allowed on our daytime, downtown tours (not our evening tours or ghost tours) 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. We also recommend keeping your pup at least 6 feet away from other guests while touring Denver.
Will my kid(s) like these Denver walking tours?
That really depends on your kid(s)! Our historic Denver walking tours are definitely suitable for children and have been designed to be suitable for all ages (10+ is recommended for our Denver Ghost Tours that visit haunted Cheesman Park). Your local guide is also trained and experienced in working with all ages.
Are their restrooms available while on the Denver walking tours?
Please plan on using the restroom before touring Denver with our team, as there are no public restrooms along our Denver walking tour routes. There are, however, private restrooms in local establishments that your local guide may be able to direct you to.
Should you need to use the restroom while on one of our free walks or free Denver tours, there is a rest stop at a coffee shop after the halfway point in the free walk.
What are the languages spoken on your walking tours?
Our Denver walking tours are currently offered in English only so you will need to understand spoken English for all of our tours. For private historic Denver walking tours we do offer the option to have an interpreter join you, your group and your guide at an additional cost.
Are there any private Denver walking tours?
Yes, just contact us and we will arrange it! We guarantee you a fun experience exploring Denver's great sights, landmarks and history on foot with one of our great local tour guides on foot and can customize the Denver tour to your unique interests, preferences, or needs.
Is it necessary to bring anything with me on my walking tour of Denver?
We recommend comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a bottle of water, layers for Colorado's ever-changing weather and be ready to have some fun while touring Denver with your local guide!
Are the walking tours recommended for guests with disabilities or limited mobility?
Our Denver walking tours are all flat routes and guests in wheelchairs or utilizing scooters have joined us many times over the years. The sidewalks in Capitol Hill for our Denver Ghost Tours are uneven and we would not consider this tour a wheelchair-friendly tour. If you have any mobility limitations, 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.
Do any of your walking tours go inside any of the sites or landmarks listed in the tour itineraries?
Due to the shorter length of each tour, the size of our tour groups and each building's regulations or private ownership, we're only able to go inside the following buildings:
Free Tour: Union Station
Best of Denver Tour: Union Station
Hot Spots & History Tour: Union Station and the Brown Palace (depending on time of day, you may also have the opportunity to go inside the Clocktower and/or the Equitable Building, if we are there during their business hours)
Discover Downtown Denver Tour: Union Station
Mile High Highlights Tour: none
Ghost Tour: none
Graffiti Tour: Denver Central Market and Improper City
Free Denver Walking Tour FAQs
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 and free walks operate on a "pay-what-you-wish" tipping model. We think that you should decide how much your Denver tour was worth when your tour is finished. With your local tour guide working for tips only, you know that your local guide and host for the day is going to go the extra mile to make sure that you have a GREAT Denver 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 by foot take place?
May 1 - October 31: Tours are seven days a week, rain, shine, (or snow!), at 10:00 a.m.
November 1 - April 30: Tours are every Friday, 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.
What if there are more than 6 people in my party?
Parties of 7+ guests must book a private, pre-paid Denver tour, as our 10 a.m. free tours are designed for individual visitors or small groups of visitors and locals to ensure a safe and engaging tour experience for all.
Where is the meeting point for the free Denver tours?
The free walking 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 towards 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 local guide will be wearing a bright yellow shirt with the DWT logo on it.
If you have a GPS or smartphone, plug this address in to navigate to the Colorado State Capitol: 200 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203, but please make sure that you head to the front steps of the Capitol once you arrive as the GPS directions will likely take you to the north side of the building, not the front steps on the west side.
The free walks still operate when there are events happening in the Civic Center Park and Colorado State Capitol area, which is quite often between all of the festivals, events, celebrations and protests. We promise - you'll still easily be able to spot your guide for the day in their neon yellow shirt!
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.
Is there a way I can catch-up to the group if I'm running late for the free tour?
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 stop on the tour, as there is a lot to see and talk about around the Capitol and Civic Center Park. The second free walking tour stop is the Denver Public Library, followed by the Denver Art Museum, so you may also meet your local guide and tour group at either of these locations if you miss them at the Colorado State Capitol.
How long are the free walking tours?
The free Denver tour lasts about 2-2.5 hours and we will walk about 1.7 miles.
Where do the free tours end?
We couldn't think of a better place to end our free walks than in front of Union Station, one of the most iconic and must-visit sights in Denver! 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 free Denver walking tour route, the free 16th Street Mall shuttle runs every few minutes and will take you back!
What sites will we see on the free tour?
We will have a chance to see these top Denver sights:
1. Colorado State Capitol
2. Civic Center Park
3. Denver Public Library
4. Denver Art Museum
5. City & County Building
6. U.S. Mint
7. Colorado Convention Center
8. Denver Center for the Performing Arts
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 free tour, the large number of guests on our average free walking tour group, and each building's regulations, we're only able to go inside Union Station in the 2-2.5 hours we have the opportunity to host you.