conurbation region in the U.S. state of Colorado, of which Denver is the central city

The Denver Metropolitan Area is a region in the western U.S. state of Colorado. The region is centered on the City and County of Denver, Colorado's capital and most populous city, but includes many suburbs as well.


Map of Denver Area

Denver Area suburbs


See also the Front Range and South Central Colorado regions for other cities on the fringe of the Denver metropolitan area.

Other destinations




Roughly speaking, this region is comprised of Jefferson and Douglas Counties, the western halves of Adams and Arapahoe Counties, and the combined city–counties of Denver and Broomfield. It is bounded on the:

Region boundaries in Colorado are indistinct, and sometimes contentious. If you're looking for a destination/attraction that you think should be in this region, but can't find it, check the pages for South Central Colorado, Eastern Plains, and Front Range.

Get in


By air

Denver International Airport.

By rail


By highway

  • The Denver Metropolitan Area is served by five Interstate Highway routes, seven U.S. Highway routes, a state freeway, and two toll roads:

Get around


By public transport


The Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides commuter rail, light rail, and bus service throughout the region.

Go next

  • The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder lies 29 miles (47 km) and 40 minutes by car northwest of the Colorado State Capitol.
  • The historic mining towns and casinos of Blackhawk and Central City lie 38 miles (61 km) and 50 minutes by car west of the Colorado State Capitol.
  • The United States Air Force Academy lies 61 miles (98 km) and 65 minutes by car south of the Colorado State Capitol.
  • The 11,992-foot (3,655 m) Loveland Pass on the Continental Divide of the Americas lies 60 miles (97 km) and 70 minutes by car west of the Colorado State Capitol.
  • Colorado Springs lies 80 miles (130 km) and 80 minutes by car south of the Colorado State Capitol.
  • Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park lie 65 miles (105 km) and 90 minutes by car north of the Colorado State Capitol.
  • The 14,271-foot (4,350 m) summit of Mount Blue Sky lies 60 miles (97 km) and 1:45 by car southwest of the Colorado State Capitol.
  • The 14,115-foot (4,302.31 m) summit of Pikes Peak lies 100 miles (160 km) and 2:10 by car south of the Colorado State Capitol.
Routes through Denver Area
Salt Lake CityWinter Park  W   E  Fort MorganOmaha
Cheyenne ← Dacono ←  N    S  MonumentColorado Springs
Grand JunctionIdaho Springs  W   E  LimonKansas City
Ends in Arvada  W   E  Fort Morgan Omaha
Grand JunctionIdaho Springs  W   E  Fort MorganOmaha
Estes ParkBoulder  W   E  → Last Chance → St. Joseph
Salt Lake CityIdaho Springs  W   E  LimonKansas City
CheyenneGreeley    N   S  MonumentColorado Springs
Ends in Denver   N   S  FairplaySanta Fe
Fort CollinsLongmont   N   S  LimonAmarillo

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