Should you visit Denver or Moab?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Denver or Moab, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
The capital of Colorado, Denver is commonly referred to as "The Mile-High City" because it is at an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,600 meters) above sea level. It also sits where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, giving a beautiful backdrop for this metropolitan city. The city is the largest in the Rocky Mountains with a population of more than 600,000 and nearly 3 million in the metropolitan area. Denver is a cosmopolitan city with cowboy roots. It's cultural scene is thriving, and the outdoor recreation in the area is superb. Denver is a rapidly growing city but with change comes challenges. Urban sprawl is a problem and the city's infrastructure has reached its limits. Still, efforts are in place to maintain the character and personality that Denver is known for.
Moab is the closest town to Arches National Park in Utah's Canyon Country. It is also a popular base for exploring Canyonlands National Park. It's a small town that serves mainly to accommodate tourists to the popular national parks and other surrounding wildlife areas. It has grown dramatically in recent years and has a population of just over 5,000. In town you will find hotels and motels, a handful of restaurants and a few shops where you can stock up on supplies. There's a small museum, the Museum of Moab, and a variety of tour operators in town. You can easily book river rafting trips, jeep expeditions, and tours of the surrounding area. For many, exploring Arches National Park on your own is a more enjoyable and independent experience.
Which city is cheaper, Moab or Denver?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Denver is $174, while the average daily cost in Moab is $124. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Denver and Moab in more detail.
A hotel room in Denver is about $138 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $164 in Moab For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The price of a meal in Denver can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $34 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
While meal prices in Moab can vary, the average travelers spends about $30 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Moab should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Moab is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Denver
Some typical examples of dining costs in Denver are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Denver
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Denver.
Small-Group Food Tour in Denver:
Haunted Denver Walking Food Tour:
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show - Denver:
Walking Food Tour - Best of Union Station & LoDo:
Denver Cooking Classes-Local, seasonal, and hands on menus:
Typical Food prices in Moab
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Moab:
Breakfast for Two
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Moab
For Moab, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Sound and Light Show with Dinner:
Moab Dinner Cruise with Sound and Light Show:
Colorado River Sunset Boat Tour with Optional Dinner:
Sunset Jetboat Ride with Dinner on the Colorado River from Moab:
The average price of local transportation around Denver is $81 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
To get around in Moab, the average visitor spends $14 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Denver
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Denver:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Aspen hotel or address - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Private Transfer: Denver International Airport (DEN) to Aspen:
Aspen: Private Transfer to or from Denver Airport:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Avon/Vail Valley - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Breckenridge - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Aspen hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Keystone resort - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Denver Airport (DEN) to Vail city:
Private Transfer: Denver International Airport (DEN) to Vail:
Vail: Private Transfer to or from Denver Airport:
Private Denver International Airport Transfer to Vail or Beaver Creek:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Avon/Vail Valley - Arrival Private Transfer:
Denver's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $42 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
In Moab, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $2.50 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Denver
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Denver are as follows:
1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver:
Astrophotography Experience in the Colorado Rockies:
Best of Denver Tour:
Best of Denver Tour:
Bike and Brew Tour:
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver:
Capitol Hill History & Ghost Tour:
Craft Beer Tour in Lower Downtown Denver:
Denver Ghost Hunt: Mile High Ghost Tour:
Denver Ghost Tour:
Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters:
Denver History and Highlights Small Group Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Moab
For Moab, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Slickrock Trail Pass
Tours and Activities in Moab
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Moab.
Arches National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour:
Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour:
1-Hour Colorado River Speed Boat Tour:
Guided Half-Day Mountain Bike Tour in Moab:
Moab High Ropes Challenge Course 2-Hour Adventure:
Colorado River and Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Tour:
Self-Drive 2.5-Hour Hells Revenge 4x4 Guided Tour:
Moab Stand Up Paddleboarding: Splish and Splash Tour:
Full Day Colorado Rafting Tour from Moab:
Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River:
Moab U-Drive Slickrock Guided Tour:
Moab Off Road & Back Country Adventure:
The average person spends about $4.25 on alcoholic beverages in Denver per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Moab, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $53.
Sample the Local Flavors in Denver
Also in Denver, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Haunted Denver Ghost and Pub Walking Tour in Lower Downtown:
Haunted Denver Ghost and Pub Walking Tour - South Broadway (SoBo):
3-Hour Brewery Walking Tour:
Craft Distillery Bus Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Denver and Moab, we can see that Denver is more expensive. And not only is Moab much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Moab would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Moab and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Denver would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Denver than you might in Moab.
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