Aspen/Snowmass is located in the picturesque Roaring Fork Valley, and Snowmass Village is just 4 miles off Colorado 82 via Brush Creek Road. Just nine miles past Snowmass on Colorado 82, is Aspen. That's 220 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82, 125 miles east of Grand Junction via I-70 and Colorado 82, and from Eagle County Regional Airport, 70 miles via I-70 and Colorado 82.
Train service on the California Zephyr, which connects Chicago to Oakland, California, is available from cities across the nation to Glenwood Springs (40 miles from Aspen). For schedule information call AMTRAK: 800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com. High Mountain Taxi and Colorado Mountain Express provide transportation to and from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.
Bus, Limousine and Van Service
Scheduled and chartered services are available from Denver International Airport, Grand Junction's Walker Field and Eagle County Regional Airport. It is recommended that ground transportation be arranged prior to your arrival.
Colorado Mountain Express: 800-525-6363 or 970-926-9730
High Mountain Taxi/Limousine: 970-925-8294
Snow Limo: 877-859-5466, 970-544-6475, or 970-948-0886
CLS Transportations Inc.: 800-SKI-LIMO or 970-925-2674
Free Skier Shuttle Service: Free shuttle buses run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between the four mountains - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Shuttles run continuously during peak morning and afternoon hours. Buses within the town of Aspen are free. For transport from the airport, busses stop on Highway 82, next to the terminal building, at :15 and :45 minutes after the hour.
In Aspen, buses are free, with frequent stops throughout town. In-town bus routes end at the Rubey Park Transportation Center, located on Durant Street in downtown Aspen (970-925-8484), one block from Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola. During the winter, buses from Aspen to Snowmass are free from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A nominal fee is charged to Snowmass from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Limited luggage space is available on buses.
In Aspen, a free shuttle -- the Galena Street Shuttle -- makes frequent stops through town, including Rubey Park, the Silver Queen Gondola, Rio Grande Parking Plaza, the Post Office and Hunter Creek. The Galena Street Shuttle runs every 5 to 7 minutes between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Snowmass Village provides its own free shuttle service throughout the town. Buses depart from the Snowmass Village Transportation Center, (Village Mall, Lower Level. Call 970-923-2543 for schedule or info). Or, look out for the small white buses with yellow, red and blue striping and flag them down - Village Shuttle has a policy of stopping for passengers wherever its safe.
Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA)
The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) provides bus service within Aspen and to various points downvalley nearly 24 hours a day. Most routes end and begin at the Rubey Park Transportation Center, on Durant Street in downtown Aspen. 970-925-8484
One or more of the car rental companies listed below are found at Denver International Airport (DEN), Aspen/ Sardy Field (ASE), Eagle County Airport (EGE), Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and Grand Junction Walker Field (GJT). Four-wheel drive vehicles and ski racks are available upon request. See map above for locations.
ParkingAspen and Snowmass are very pedestrian-friendly towns. Most hotels, shops and restaurants are within short walking distance of each other, and many of the larger lodges provide courtesy van service around town and to/from the airport. Aspen and Pitkin County encourage guests to minimize the effects of traffic within the valley.
If you do drive into town, covered parking is available 24 hours a day at the Rio Grande Parking Plaza (970-920-5430) just off Mill Street, one block north of Main Street in downtown Aspen.
Residential parking in neighborhoods is restricted to a maximum of two hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pay-and-display parking in Aspen's commercial core utilizes pay stations similar to traditional parking meters.