Travel & Lodging

We are pleased to work with our Aspen Ideas Specialists at for all of your travel and lodging needs in the Aspen and Snowmass area. Please feel free to contact Marcie Cutler at (866) 324-9606 or by e-mail at They will be able to help you with all of your travel arrangements, from airfare to lodging to rental cars or ground transfers, all at great prices—especially if you act early! Aspen is very busy in the summer, so please make your reservations as early as possible.

Air Travel
There is air service into Sardy Field, Aspen, located three miles from downtown. Aspen is a half-hour flight from Denver International Airport via United Express, which offers at least 10 daily flights during the summer months. American Airlines offers direct service as well, with several flights a day. We expect heavy passenger traffic the week of July 4th, so please book early.

Since direct flights into the Aspen Airport are limited and can be costly, we are actively working to develop more reliable and less expensive alternatives. The Aspen Institute has partnered with Colorado Mountain Express to provide shuttle service from Denver Airport. Please make reservations at (800) 525-6363 or Mention you are with the Aspen Institute to receive a discounted rate. The cost of a ride on CME from Denver to Aspen is about $99.

Driving Directions
From Denver, Aspen is 220 miles (3.5 hours) via I-70 West to Glenwood Springs. Aspen is then due east on Highway 82. Another scenic route from Denver is I-70 West to 91 South through Leadville to 24 South, then west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass.

From Grand Junction, Aspen is an easy 2.5 hour drive east on I-70, connecting with Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs.

From Eagle/Vail, Aspen is about 70 miles, first on I-70 West to Glenwood Springs, and then connecting with Highway 82 to Aspen.

Visit the Aspen Ideas Festival Transportation Guide