Let’s get this trip booked early so you can enjoy one of the most conveniently accessed destinations of any ski resort. Aspen Airport (ASE) sits just 10-15 minutes from downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village with nonstop flights emanating from Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. This is a small airport with a limited number of flights, those who book early not only secure their flights but also enjoy better rates than those who procrastinate. It is a fast drive or shuttle from the airport to your accommodations, many properties even offer free transportation from and to the airport. Alternative airports include Eagle (EGE) approximately 1.5 hours from Aspen/Snowmass, Denver (DEN) approximately 4 hours from the area, and Grand Junction (GJT) approximately 2.5 hours from the area. Rocky Mountain Getaways will arrange shared or private shuttle service as well as discounted vehicle rentals from any of the airports servicing Aspen/Snowmass.
Those driving from the East as well as where Denver Airport is located, will find the drive on Interstate-70 easy in good weather, more challenging when there is snow, and extremely scenic no matter the conditions. Those coming from the South will encounter several mountain passes that could be quite challenging in bad weather, from the West and North the drive is fairly smooth and simple. Four wheel drive is highly recommended no matter where you are starting your drive during the winter months.
From Glenwood Springs
In Glenwood Springs, proceed east on Grand Avenue, which turns into Hwy 82 on the outskirts of town. Follow Hwy 82 east for approximately 40 miles to Aspen. (approximately a 45 minute drive)
From Denver and Eagle Airport
Aspen is approximately 4 hours from Denver International Airport and about 1.5 hours from Eagle Airport. From either airport, take I-70 west and follow it to Glenwood Springs. At Glenwood, take exit #116 and follow the signs to Hwy 82. Take Hwy 82 through Glenwood Springs and stay on the same road all the way to Aspen.
From Denver International Airport in the Summer
A slightly shorter and more scenic summer route from Denver to Aspen (approximately 3.5 hours) goes over Independence Pass. Follow I-70 west to Hwy 24 at Copper Mountain. Take Hwy 24 and follow the signs; they will direct you through Leadville to Hwy 82 and west to Aspen over Independence Pass. This route is open only during the summer, from approximately May 31 to October 31.
From Grand Junction and the West
Aspen is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Grand Junction. In Grand Junction, take I-70 east to exit #116 in Glenwood Springs. Exit and follow the signs directing you to Hwy 82. Follow Hwy 82 through Glenwood Springs and on to Aspen.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE)
The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is just three miles from downtown Aspen. This winter , United Airlines will provide service to Aspen from Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Frontier Airlines will offer four flights daily from Denver. And begining January 4, United Airlines begins service to Houston once a day with convenient international connections.
Eagle County Airport (EGE)
Another option for airline transportation is Eagle Airport, just 70 miles from Aspen and an easy 90 minute drive. Rental cars are available at the Eagle Airport, and Colorado Mountain Express provides van service.
Eagle County Airport is served by 5 major airlines and offers service from 11 cities during the winter months.
Denver International Airport (DIA)
Located 220 miles from Aspen, Denver International Airport offers some of the best airfares in Colorado and hundreds of daily domestic and direct international flights.
From Denver, fly to Aspen on either United Express or Frontier Airlines, or take ground transportation or rent a car and take a scenic four-hour drive through the mountains to Aspen.