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There are a variety of ways to get to Aspen, from direct flights and shuttle service from Denver to a terrific drive through Colorado’s high country. Determine your travel schedule based on when each Festival section begins. Don’t forget to reserve a place to stay—hotels sell out quickly.

Travel to Aspen

Direct Flights

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is three miles from downtown and a 30-minute flight from Denver International Airport (DIA).

Shuttle Service from Denver

Epic Mountain Express

The Aspen Institute has partnered with Epic Mountain Express (formerly Colorado Mountain Express) to provide shuttle service from Denver International Airport. For reservations, call (800) 525-6363 or visit the Epic Mountain Express website, epicmountainexpress.com. Use the code “INSTITUTE” to receive a discounted rate of $99, one-way.

Driving Directions

From Denver, Aspen is 220 miles via I-70 West to Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 to Aspen.

A 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 128 miles. Take I-70 East to Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 to Aspen.

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

Determining Your Travel Schedule


10am (Thursday, June 20): Registration begins

Afternoon (Thursday, June 20): Programming starts

12pm/noon (Sunday, June 23): Programming concludes

Festival 1

12:30pm (Sunday, June 23): Registration begins

Afternoon (Sunday, June 23): Programming starts

Late afternoon (Wednesday, June 26): Programming concludes

Festival 2

10am (Wednesday, June 26): Registration begins

Afternoon (Wednesday, June 26): Programming starts with Afternoon of Conversation

2pm (Saturday, June 29): Programming concludes

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