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Denver Street Guide.
Denver is pretty easy to navigate. As it has grown during the last 150 years or so, it has maintained a largely uniform grid and naming system. Want a cheat sheet? We've created a free, nifty pocket-sized "Denver Street Guide" to help you out. Drop by our office and pick one up, or Contact Us, and we'll gladly send you one.
A Uniform Street-Naming System Makes It Easy.
A uniform street-naming system is used in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, covering Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, and parts of Broomfield and northern Douglas County. However, there are significant areas within the metro area that do not conform to the master grid of street names below. Northern Douglas County, save for the names of the major arterials extending into Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and Parker, falls into this category. Also, a significant area in unincorporated Adams County generally bounded by bounded by 70th, Pecos, 88th, and York largely has its own street names. Finally, the City of Littleton has largely maintained its own set of names, though these names are interspersed with the metropolitan street grid names.
Broomfield is an interesting case. Recent development in that area has seen a merging of Boulder County addressing and Broomfield names with Metro Denver addressing and names. A drive up a recently completed stretch of Sheridan Boulevard illustrates this fact. Cross streets are ordered 14th Ave, 15th Ave, 134th Ave, 18th Ave, 136th Ave, etc. Generally, the boundaries follow the old county boundaries along 120th and Sheridan, but addressing has become messy for developers north of 144th within Broomfield.
Finally, Jefferson County has different names for its major east-west arterials than does Arapahoe County. South of Belleview, the order goes; Bowles, Coal Mine, Ken Caryl, and Chatfield. In Arapahoe County, the order goes Belleview, Orchard, Arapahoe, Dry Creek, and County Line.
The Grid Covers Most of Metro Denver.
As a general rule, the grid is complete or mostly complete in all of Denver, Englewood, Aurora north of Colfax and west of Chambers, eastern Lakewood, and much of Wheat Ridge. In many other areas, the streets twist and turn significantly, but are still named as if they were aligned to the grid.
The east-west meridian is Ellsworth Ave., and the north-south meridian is Broadway. Though Broadway is a major arterial, Ellsworth is a minor residential street.
Most North-South Streets Are Alphabetical.
Most of the north-south streets are arranged in alphabetical progression. The first alphabet west of Broadway is named after indigenous tribes of North America. For the first three alphabets west of Broadway, there is one street and one 100 of numbering per letter; beyond that, and east of Colorado Blvd., there are two streets per letter. East-west avenue names are not alphabetized except for the stretch from Amherst to Union (which are all named after colleges and universities) and from Arapahoe Rd. south to County Line Rd.
Grid names for avenues south of County Line Rd. do exist, down to two past Lincoln Ave (the 10000 block). However, they have never been implemented in Douglas County (except for Lincoln Ave.) Therefore the grid effectively ends at County Line save for a a few named avenues south of Chatfield Ave. in Jefferson County near Kipling Street.
East of Powhaton Road the grid names are incomplete, as this area is undeveloped, and the existing alphabetical naming of streets ends with Quail Run Street.
Avenues north of 168th exist briefly in Weld County, up to 197th Way on the far east side of where the metro area would extend into Weld County. However, Weld County does not formally recognize the Denver grid system, and new developments immediately north of 168th in Erie do not use numbered avenues (though Sheridan Blvd. newly extends into Erie as Sheridan Parkway).
See a list of Denver's streets on Wikipedia.