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Ground Transportation

No matter the season, a scenic route awaits you when driving to Aspen Snowmass.  Explore driving directions, rental car companies, and more for your trip.

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Driving Directions

Aspen and Snowmass Village are located in the picturesque Roaring Fork Valley in west-central Colorado. Driving here from major airport hubs and metropolitan areas is simple in both summer and winter.

Summer Directions

  • With the opening of Highway 82 over Independence Pass each summer, options for reaching Aspen Snowmass increase. From Denver, you can travel on I-70 for 77 miles to exit 195 and then proceed south on Highway 91 to Leadville. From there, head south on Highway 24 to Highway 82 and drive over the pass to Aspen, for a total driving distance of 159 miles.
  • You can also reach Aspen Snowmass via I-70 and Highway 82 through Glenwood Springs, or from Highway 285 and Highways 24 and 82.

Winter Directions

  • To reach Aspen Snowmass, exit Interstate 70 at Glenwood Springs and head 41 miles south and east to Aspen on Highway 82. (Glenwood Springs is 157 miles west of Denver).
  • In winter, Highway 82 over Independence Pass east of Aspen is closed, generally from late October through May depending on the first snowfall and snow removal operations, respectively.
  • Below is a summary of distances from Colorado’s airports to downtown Aspen:
  • From Aspen/Pitkin County Airport: 3 miles east on Highway 82.
  • From Denver International Airport (DEN): 220 miles west via I-70 and Colorado 82.
  • From Eagle County Airport (EGE): 70 miles west via I-70 and Colorado 82.
  • From Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT): 125 miles east via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Rentals Cars & Ground Transportation

Rental car services in the valley can be found at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

Avis Car Rental

233 E. Airport Road, Suite G
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-925-2355
Book your rental car through Avis Car Rental in Aspen or at Denver International Airport through the link below. Offering a wide range of vehicles.
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Budget Car Rental

233 E. Aspen Rd., Suite G
Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-925-4693
Book your car through the link below for either Aspen or Denver pickup and enjoy cruising around the valley in your choice of car.
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Roaring Fork Express

Reliable ground transportation to and from Aspen

Phone: 970-486-3002 or 800-822-4844

Skip the rental car and highway winter driving with Roaring Fork Express. Enjoy daily scheduled shuttle routes and or schedule on-demand charters between Aspen and Snowmass and Denver International Airport or Eagle County Airport. CO West Transportation has been serving mountain towns across the west since 1985.

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The Latest Road Conditions

The Colorado Department of Transportation maintains a helpful website with webcams plus reports on conditions and construction. Search for CO Highway 82 for local conditions.

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