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How to Travel Around Colorado

Travel Around Colorado

Bikes, Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

You’ll need a car to explore rural colorful Colorado. But you’d be surprised at how much you can travel around Colorado using other modes of transportation.

Getting to Colorado

If you’re flying into Colorado, chances are, when you first arrive you will see white-capped mountains no matter what time of year it is. Denver International Airport (DEN) has become famous for its white tent-like design, which impressively resembles the magnificent Rocky Mountains. If you’re not flying into DIA, then you’re probably flying into a mountain or regional airport like those found in Colorado Springs, Durango, Aspen, Eagle, Hayden, and Grand Junction. Otherwise, you’re coming into Colorado from one of our many neighboring states (Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah).

Denver's Union Station
Union Station: Colorado’s Transportation Hub

Discovering the Denver Metro Area

Denver is the capitol of Colorado and was recently linked to Denver International Airport by light rail via Union Station (A-line). Once you arrive, you can enjoy much of the Mile High City by meandering around on a red bike. Just look for one of the many B-Cycle stations scattered about central Denver near, for example, the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado Convention Center, and 16th Street Mall.

For longer distances in metro Denver, hop back on the RTD light rail, which will connect you to many outlying neighborhoods. RTD buses and taxis will get you to the nooks and crannies of the rest of the Denver metro area.

Tip: If you can see the mountains in Denver, you can find your way.  The mountains are to the west.

How to Travel Around Colorado

If you’re heading west – to the mountains or canyon country beyond, the California Zephyr, operated by Amtrak, chugs out of Union Station in downtown Denver. Or you could catch a ride on the regional bus, Bustang.   The west line’s terminus is Glenwood Springs, with stops in Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail, and Eagle. The Bustang also has a north line to Fort Collins and a south line to Colorado Springs.

road bikingMany of the mountain towns run shuttle services between town and nearby airports or have other regional transportation services. Often the local shuttles are free.  Aside from driving on I-70, Winter Park, for example, is accessible by the Denver Ski Train from Union Station and a private shuttle service, Home James.  The Lift offers bus service in the Fraser River Valley, and you can rent a bike from one of several shops.

Tip: Avoid driving on I-70 on the weekends (especially holidays) when the interstate is packed with people heading to or returning home from the mountains.  It can sometimes resemble a parking lot.

With more than 100,000 square miles to explore, your Colorado transportation needs will likely require a car.  But you can still find many adventures around the Centennial State using public transportation or a bicycle.   Want to know more about how to travel around Colorado, just ask us!


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