Steamboat Springs Colorado Transportation & Travel

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There are many different transportation options within the city of Steamboat Springs that can cater to the needs of all travelers.


Airports, bus lines and shuttle services all routinely serve the Steamboat Springs area.


There are different routes for driving to Steamboat Springs from different areas around the state/surrounding states. Steamboat Springs also requires an alternate driving option if Rabbit Ears Pass (a main travel route outside of Steamboat) is closed due to hazardous weather conditions.

From Hayden Airport
The Hayden airport is located just a few miles east of Hayden and approximately 22 miles and 35 kilometers west of Steamboat Springs off Highway 40. From the airport, take the access road about 2 miles out to Highway 40 and turn right. Steamboat is about 22 miles east.

From Denver
157 miles Northwest of Denver, an easy 3 hour drive. Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne, Exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles), then west on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles).

Alternate Routes if Rabbit Ears Pass is closed
Take this route if US 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass is closed and you’re coming from Denver or Colorado Springs. Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne, exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles). Head west on US 40 until the intersection with CO 134 (6 miles). Turn left and go over Gore Pass (CO 134). At Toponas, take Colorado 131 north to Steamboat Springs (40 miles). Or, take I 70 west (through Vail) until Exit 157. Take CO 131 North to Steamboat Springs (75 miles), then left on US 40 to town (4 miles).


There are various airports in the region.

  • Steamboat Springs Airport is located 3 miles from Steamboat Springs and serves private aircraft owners and charter companies.
  • All commercial flights, however, land at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, Colo. approximately 20 miles away. Carriers served at this location include American, Continental, Delta and United Airlines.
  • Craig-Moffat Airport is approximately 36 miles from Steamboat Springs and serves both private and commercial interests.

Car Rentals

Car Rentals are available in the area (as well as at airports like Yampa Valley Regional Airport). The local bus system and convenient hotel shuttles, however, make having your own wheels unnecessary, especially in the winter months.

Public Busses and Shuttles

Steamboat Springs Transit is a local bus service that provides a fixed route transit service between downtown and the ski resort mountain base area. This bus is free and available year round. Call (970) 879-5585 for details.

There is also a regional bus that services between Steamboat Springs and Craig that has a fee determined upon length of ride.

Shuttle services are available from either the Steamboat Springs/Hayden Airport as well as the Denver Airport.

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