Getting to Steamboat Springs is easy! Whether you prefer ground or air, we have many options for getting you to your favorite Rocky Mountain destination.
Drive to Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs is a scenic 157 mile drive west of Denver. The views are spectacular along the I-70 corridor and Rabbit Ears Pass and it's not uncommon for travelers to see wildlife, including elk, mountain goats, big horn sheep, eagles and deer.
There are several picturesque route options you can choose to drive into the Yampa Valley.
Travel by Air
With the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Steamboat/Hayden HDN) located just 22 miles from town, Steamboat is a Rocky Mountain destination conveniently accessed from anywhere.
An ultra-spacious terminal facility will greet passengers upon their arrival. Steamboat offers year round air service with convenient connections nationwide.
Daily Denver Flights
Another option, Denver International Airport is approximately 160 miles east of Steamboat Springs with most major airlines servicing DIA from both domestic and international locations throughout the world.
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Not only is getting to Steamboat easy, it also easy getting around in Steamboat. Airport transfers are available from both the Steamboat/Hayden Airport and Denver International Airport making travel very convenient.
Steamboat offers many options once you're in town that include shuttle service, private transfers, taxi and limousine service, rental cars and free city-wide bus service.
Getting to Steamboat Springs FAQ
How do I get to Steamboat Springs?
Getting to Steamboat Springs is easy! Whether you prefer ground or air, there are many options for getting you here. Steamboat Springs is a scenic 157 mile drive west of Denver. The views are spectacular along the Interstate 70 corridor and Rabbit Ears Pass. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is just 22 miles from Steamboat in the nearby town of Hayden.
How far is Steamboat Springs from Denver?
Is there a shuttle from Denver to Steamboat Springs?
GO Alpine offers a shared-ride shuttle service from the Denver International Airport (DIA) to Steamboat Springs. Reservations can be made for stops at I-70 and Youngfield Street in west Denver, or the towns of Silverthorne and Kremmling. Pick-up location at DIA is on the east side of the terminal, Door 513, Island No. 1 (labeled "Mountain Carrier”).
How far is Steamboat Springs from Salt Lake City?
What airport do you fly into for Steamboat Springs?
The closest airport to Steamboat Springs is Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The airport is only 22 miles from Steamboat and features nonstop flights from 12 major airports across the country on Alaska, American, JetBlue, Southwest, and United Airlines during the winter months. Denver International Airport is about 2 hours and 45 minutes from Steamboat. Steamboat Springs Airport/Bob Adams Field is a general aviation airport with flights by private and recreational aircraft, as well as corporate, business-based airplanes and helicopters. There are no commercial flights.
Does Southwest fly to Steamboat Springs?
Southwest has flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport from Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-December through early April. The carrier also offers three daily flights from Denver International Airport from mid-December through early April. Other airlines that service Yampa Valley Regional Airport include Alaska Airlines, American, JetBlue and United.
Are there non-stop flights to Steamboat Springs?
Yampa Valley Regional Airport has nonstop air service to Steamboat from several major cities: Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles (LAX), Newark, New York (JFK), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington-Dulles. Most flights are during the winter months for ski season. During the summer, there are daily flights from Denver.
Do I need a car in Steamboat Springs?
Steamboat Springs is a small town and has excellent public transportation. That being said, you might want to consider a car rental if you plan on doing a good amount of exploring in and around town. There are a few beautiful spots around Steamboat Springs that are easier to access by vehicle. If you have your own ride, you can set your own schedule! If you plan on flying to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, you can rent a car there and drive the 22 miles from the town of Hayden to Steamboat. It’s a beautiful drive!
Is Steamboat Springs worth visiting?
Do you need a reservation for Steamboat?
It’s always best to make a few plans ahead of time before heading out on vacation. If you’re planning to fly to Denver International Airport or Yampa Valley Regional Airport, purchase your tickets more than 15 days prior to your flight to avoid any last-minute price hikes. Also, you want to make sure you get the flight that best fits your schedule. Also browse and book your lodging, especially if you’re coming during a peak time like Fourth of July week. Booking early will give you the most options and often the best price. If you’re planning on a whitewater trip or catching a concert, consider snagging those tickets ahead of time, too, so you’re not left on the outside looking in.
What is there to do in downtown Steamboat Springs?
There’s a lot to do in downtown Steamboat Springs! Main Street runs from 3rd Street to 13th Street from Yampa River to Oak Street. Along Main Street, you can shop, dine, tour museums, relax at beautiful public spaces, or receive a pampering spa treatment. Lincoln Avenue has dozens of spots to explore - everything from local treats and souvenirs to hip apparels and sports gear. Some of the finest restaurants are along Lincoln Avenue: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Tap House Sports Grill and Salt & Lime.