You’re probably in the Denver area and are searching Google for “Places to smoke near me.” Well, you came to the right place.
While marijuana possession is legal in Colorado, public consumption remains illegal, with violators risking tickets, fines, and having their weed confiscated. The good news is there are indeed places to smoke weed in Denver, if you know where to go, and/or you know how to be discreet and polite. Basically, the word on the street is that if there's no one around to see you, you should be relatively safe.
While you probably don't want to risk toking up a joint in the middle of a busy city street, if you find a secluded space, a little dark corner somewhere or a hidden alcove amid some trees, or even an empty sidewalk to stroll along, as long as you're discreet and keep an eye out, you should have little to worry about.
First off, let’s talk about a few portable pot products that you can use, that are best for outdoor areas. You don’t want to be carrying a bong around with you, nor do you want to be holding a bulky weed grinder. Here are some better options:
Pre-rolled joints, which can be purchased at any recreational marijuana dispensary are a nice choice for travelers to Denver due to their unbeatable convenience, portability, and cigarette-like appearance.
Edibles are virtually undetectable and can be consumed anywhere without drawing any attention. After all, you’re just eating, right? This is probably the best way to enjoy your cannabis while being outdoors.
Lastly, you can use something like a one-hitter or a dugout. Neither of these options draws a lot of attention as they’re easy to put away, so even if someone does smell the smoke, they’re not sure where it’s coming from.
While we don’t condone it, we understand that you don’t always want to be enjoying your cannabis within four walls. You’re probably like so many others in Denver, Colorado – you like to enjoy the outdoors. So there are some places to enjoy the fresh air while also enjoying some fresh bud.
Most parks around the Denver area attract a lot of people, a lot of homeless, and, consequently, a lot of harder drugs. Parks are a little too public and crowded to enjoy your cannabis and there really are so many other better places to smoke than in a park. You’re either going to attract a lot of unwanted attention in these areas or you’re going to annoy those who don’t partake, so don’t be “that guy.”
There are a few cannabis-specific tours that you can legally enjoy your weed while also seeing the sights that Denver has to offer. A lot of these tours are BYOC (bring your own cannabis), so check out a recreational dispensary before going on one of these tours.
City Sessions - This place offers a variety of tours, but you can expect to see Red Rocks, a few different neighborhoods, a grow facility, and a few other things. They offer private tours, so book ahead.
Loopr - Ride Loopr tour buses around town and experience Denver on a higher level. All sorts of tours and events are available.
Colorado Cannabis Tours - From classes, to karaoke, cooking and city tours, they offer it all. They even offer transportation to and from the airport!
While it’s still illegal in these open areas, these places to smoke are a little more 420-friendly as you’re likely to see others doing the same or not see anyone at all. Here are the best places to smoke near the Denver area, without anyone raising an eyebrow.
Disc golf courses - Yes, disc golf is a great outdoor sport and if you’re not any good, it’s a great excuse to smoke out in public without drawing a lot of attention.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - While they definitely come out and say you shouldn’t partake in any marijuana smoking, sometimes the safest places are amongst the masses. Just be discreet and blow your smoke downwards because there is security that goes around to watch for smoke clouds.
Lakes - There are a few lakes in the Denver area that provide a lot of shade and trees, as well as open space. There are likely to be other people, but chances are that you will have enough space between you and them to partake.
While it's technically illegal, many bars downtown do seem to tolerate smoking on their outdoor patios, as long as patrons are discreet. The bars can't openly admit that they allow it, however, so don't create an awkward moment by asking about it. It all depends on the crowd and the place, so poke around until you smell the sweet smoke, then you'll know you're most likely in a safe space that's 420 friendly.
If you want to get to know some friendly locals who might have further advice on where to smoke, where to stay, where to shop, or what to do for fun while you're traveling in Denver, both Sancho's Broken Arrow and Cheba Hut are downtown Denver bars known for their chill stoner crowds and laid back vibes.
When you travel to Denver, you'll find that this town is whatever you make of it. Denver is a great 420-friendly destination for the ultimate marijuana tourism adventure, but it's a lot of other things, too.
Whether you're traveling with children and looking for family fun, traveling with friends and looking for a party, or traveling alone and looking for peace and solace, there is truly something for everybody in the Denver area.
Whether you want to explore a museum, visit an amusement park, lounge at a coffeehouse, or dine at a great restaurant, you'll find plenty of options. However, it’s best that you partake in the pot-smoking elsewhere before getting to these places.
And if you want to experience Colorado while high on some of the finest weed our country has to offer, you'll know that smile on your face is fully legal.