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There are a variety of ways to get to Aspen, from direct flights and shuttle service from Denver to a terrific drive through Colorado’s high country. Determine your travel schedule based on when each Festival section begins. Don’t forget to reserve a place to stay — hotels sell out quickly.

Travel to Aspen

Direct Flights

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is three miles from downtown and a 30-minute flight from Denver International Airport (DIA).

Shuttle Service from Denver

Epic Mountain Express

The Aspen Institute has partnered with Epic Mountain Express (formerly Colorado Mountain Express) to provide shuttle service from Denver International Airport. For reservations, call (800) 525-6363 or visit the Epic Mountain Express website, epicmountainexpress.com. Use the code “INSTITUTE” to receive a discounted rate of $99, one-way.

Driving Directions

From Denver, Aspen is 220 miles via I-70 West to Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 to Aspen.

A scenic route from Denver is I-70 West to 91 South through Leadville to 24 South, then west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass.

From Grand Junction, Aspen is an easy 128 miles. Take I-70 East to Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, take Highway 82 to Aspen.

From Eagle/Vail, Aspen is about 70 miles, first on I-70 West to Glenwood Springs, and then connecting with Highway 82 to Aspen.

Determining Your Travel Schedule (2020 Festival)


Pass pick-up is available starting at 10 AM in Aspen on Wednesday, June 24.

Programming starts in the afternoon.

Programming concludes midday, June 27.

Festival 1

Pass pick-up is available in Aspen starting at 12:30 PM on Saturday, June 27.

Preview sessions open the Festival followed by an Opening and Welcome Session and Opening Reception.

Programming concludes following the Afternoon of Conversation, around 5 PM on June 30.

Festival 2

Pass pick-up is available in Aspen starting at 11 AM Tuesday, June 30.

Your Festival starts with a Picnic Lunch followed by the Afternoon of Conversation.

Programming concludes midday, July 3.

Lodging Information

Hotels sell out quickly. Contact our travel agent, Marcie Cutler at Ski.com, for assistance with your hotel and travel needs. She can be reached at marcie@ski.com or 800.525.2052 ext. 3321

Or visit Stay Aspen Snowmass to get more information.

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