Off-Street Parking Options
There are approximately 44,000 off-street parking spaces throughout Downtown Denver. The Downtown Denver Partnership and Denver Public Works understand what's important to drivers searching for a parking space. Together with four companies that manage parking lots and garages across Downtown, Denver Public Works and the Downtown Denver Partneship have created a 12 month pilot program to help drivers recognize public parking options in Downtown Denver that guarantee a reliable and consistent parking experience based on the Top 5 Parking Priorities:
- Clearly posted parking rates for regular parking and event parking
- Visible payment options that include both cash and credit card
- Clear posted hours of operation
- Regularly open to the public and on a consistent schedule
- Operator phone number prominently posted with timely customer service from the operator is case of concerns or questions
The new "Park Now" public parking symbol will be posted on participating parking garages and lots throughout Downtown Denver. When you park in one of the participating locations, you can be assured that the "Top 5" parking priorities are met. Click here to learn more about the program and participating locations.
Use our interactive parking guide at ExperienceDowntownDenver to find public parking lots and garages located near your Downtown destination. Updated at least twice a year, ExperienceDowntownDenver provides rate information to help you find a parking location you can afford. Make sure to visit the public directory and then just click on the "P" icon once you get to the map to see all of your public parking options in Downtown Denver, including lots participating in the "Park Now" program. Remember, it's always a good idea to identify a second location in case your first choice is full or prices have changed.
To contact a parking operator directly, click here to view a list phone numbers. To view the June 2010 Parking Inventory, click here. For questions, please contact Cole Judge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-Street Parking Information
In 2010 the City of Denver installed 4,500 new parking meters throughout the city called Smart Meters. The new meters accept credits cards and smart cards, but do not accept Cash Keys. Rates at on-street parking meters in Downtown Denver are $1.00 per hour, Monday through Satuday, 8am to 2am. Visitors that park between the hours of 8am and 10pm may park for up to two hours before they need to move their vehicle at least 100 feet. Visitors that need to park longer than two hours between 8am and 10pm are encouraged to consider parking at one of the many off-street parking lots or garages in Downtown Denver.
The two-hour parking limit rule ends at 10pm, allowing visitors to park vehicles at meters overnight parking is allowed on certain nights of the week, depending on the side of the street. Downtown visitors, employees or residents who would like to take advantage of the Overnight Parking Program will need to pay attention to overhead signs and the information located on the parking meters. Both overhead signs and the information on the meters themselves will instruct parkers on which sides of the street are available for overnight parking on a particular day of the week.
On-street parking is free on Sundays and City holidays. For a list of City holidays, click here. Smart Meters accept nickels, dimes, quarter, credit cards and smart cards. For more information on Smart Meters or Smart Cards, please visit http://parksmartdenver.com/.
When parking at an on-street parking meter, remember to park your car within the meters on either end and 18 inches of the curb.
If on-street parking is limited on the block where you want to park, consider parking in an off-street lot or garage or parking a few blocks away and using the free 16th Street Mall shuttle to get to your destination.
Individuals with mobility impairement and the appropriate documentation may park at on-street meters and signed time limit zones for up to four hours without paying. For more information on Denver's Disability Parking ordinance, please click here.
Oversized Vehicle and Motorcycle Parking
Oversized vehicles have special parking options in Downtown Denver; motorcycles can be parked four to a meter space, and scooters cannot be locked to lights, benches or trees. For information on parking oversized vehicles, motorcycles or scooters, click here.