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Flying into Aspen/Pitkin County airport (ASE)

The easiest way to get to Aspen is to book a flight directly into Aspen/Pitkin County airport. Aspen is a compact town, and the Aspen Meadows resort runs a free shuttle for its guests, so if you fly all the way to Aspen, you shouldn’t need a car at all. You can fly to Aspen through Salt Lake City on Delta or through Denver on United. Update: Frontier Airlines is now flying into Aspen five times daily with a 70 passenger Q-400 airplane.

Note

Flights directly into Aspen fill up quickly so we recommend you book early.

Flying into Eagle (EGE) or Denver (DEN)

Some people decide to fly to one of the two larger regional airports and travel about 1.5-4 hours on the road. The scenery in the area is beautiful, and the drive is very pleasant. You may find this alternative to be more economical.

Ground Transportation

Participants flying into Denver or Eagle Colorado will want to arrange further transportation in order to reach Aspen. The most common options are detailed below.

Shuttle: Colorado Mountain Express (CME)

Reservations: 1-800-525-6363. (Advance reservations essential. Use this number for both Aspen and Eagle reservations)
Website: http://www.cmex.com

CME runs shuttle bus service from both Denver and Eagle airports to Aspen. Each van holds 8-10 people. We recommend that you make reservations with CME directly, and that you do so as soon as you have your flight information.

Denver Airport to Aspen and Return
Airport Pick Up:
Ground Transportation Center, lower level.
Rate: $118/person, tax included, one way

Scheduled departures at 12:30 noon and 3:30 pm. Flights should arrive by 11 am and 2 pm respectively. If there is sufficient demand to warrant adding additional departures, they will be happy to add more service.

Eagle Airport to Aspen and Return
Airport Pick Up:
Outside main door to terminal.
Rate: $57/person, tax included, one way

Departures are flight-specific. Please have your flight information complete before you call CME for shuttle transportation from the Eagle Airport.

Driving From Denver

In past years Independence Pass has not been open in time for the conference, so drivers had to take the 222 mile (and approximately 4 hour) route through Glenwood Springs. However for 2012 the Colorado Department of Transportation has opened the pass in time for our conference allowing drivers to take the 185 mile summer route. Your destination is Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Rd., Aspen CO 81611.

Driving From Eagle

Participants driving from Eagle can follow the last part of the same route used to reach Aspen from Denver. The trip takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.

Warning

We advise against trying to avoid Glenwood Springs by taking Route 6 from Eagle. It’s a dirt road for part of the way, and if there’s bad weather, the dirt turns to clay or worse.