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Just minutes from Vail, Beaver Creek and other world-class destinations, the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) gets you directly to the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Trade the long drives, snowy passes and road delays for friendly, world-class service and quick access to your favorite outdoor activities. In the winter, Air Canada, American, Delta and United provide non-stop jet service between EGE and ten major domestic and international cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/JFK, Newark, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington D.C. Summer options include daily non-stop flights between EGE and Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines. United Airlines offers non-stop service three times weekly from EGE to Houston Intercontinental and daily regional aircraft service to Denver. Connects the historic towns of Fort Collins and Walden. 101 mile byway goes into Poudre Canyon, over Cameron Pass and into North Park.A main section of the Region has I-70, the State's main east-west transportation corridor, running through it (Summit and Eagle Counties). This enhances the proximity of the Region to Denver/Front Range metropolitan communities. This proximity to a large metropolitan area has contributed greatly to the Region's popularity as a mountain recreational area. 

Travel Time to Denver

From Denver, CO to... # miles one way approx. Travel Time
Vail (Eagle County) 97.14 1 hr 44 mins.
Minturn (Eagle County) 104.12 1 hr 53 mins.
Avon (Eagle County) 106.88 1 hr 55 mins.
*Eagle (Eagle County) 127 2 hrs 13 mins.
Kremmling (Grand County) 104.7 1 hr 59 mins.
Granby (Grand County) 86.5 1 hr 52 mins.
*Hot Sulphur Springs (Grand County) 96.8 2 hrs 6 mins.
Winter Park (Grand County) 68.9 1 hr 30 mins.
*Walden (Jackson County) 166.1 3 hrs 5 mins.
Basalt (Pitkin County) 108.4 3 hrs 14 mins.
Snowmass Village (Pitkin County) 197.1 3 hrs 36 mins.
*Aspen (Pitkin County) 198.5 3 hrs 38 mins.
Silverthorne (Summit County 68.0 1 hr 16 mins.
*Breckenridge (Summit County) 80.7 1 hr 34 mins.
Frisco 72.2 1 hr 19 mins.
*indicates county seat    

Mountain Passes in Region 12

Winter driving conditions, often hazardous, exist on the following mountain passes in NWCCOG's region. All or part of these passes are in the region. Use of snow tires, chains, and/or 4-wheel drive vehicles are frequently required for winter driving on these passes. Also, it is not uncommon for these passes to be closed due to adverse driving conditions in the winter.

Pass County Elevation (ft) Highway Grade
Berthoud Grand/Clear Creek 11,315 US 40 6%
Fremont Summit/Lake 11,318 US 91 5.7%
Gore Grand 9,527 CO 134 6.3%
Hoosier Summit/Park 11,541 CO 9 8%
Independence Pitkin/Lake 12,095 CO 82 6%
Loveland Summit/Clear Creek 11,992 US 6 6%
Tennessee Eagle/Lake 10,424 US 24 6%
Trail Ridge Road Grand 12,183 US 34 5.4%
Ute Summit/Grand 9,165 CR 3 5.6%
Vail Summit/Eagle 10,666 I-70 7%

Scenic Byways in Region 12

The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways program is a statewide partnership intended to provide recreational, educational, and economic benefits to Coloradans and visitors. This system of outstanding touring routes in Colorado affords the traveler interpretation and identification of key points of interest and services while providing for the protection of significant resources. Scenic and Historic Byways are nominated by local partnership groups and designated by the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission for their exceptional scenic, historic, cultural, recreational, and natural features.

Scenic Byway Couny(ies) Highway Description
Cache la Poudre - North Park Jackson/Ft. Collins CO 14 Connects the Historic towns of Walden and Fort Collins.
Colorado River Headwaters Eagle/Grand US 30
US 34
CR 1
70 miles between Rocky Mountain National Park, through Granby, Kremmling, US 40 and US 34. Follows the course of the Colorado River.
Top of the Rockies Eagle/Pitkin/Summit US 91
US 24
CO 82
115 miles of high mountain splendor connecting Leadville, Minturn, and Copper Mountain Resort with Twin Lakes, Independence Pass and Aspen.
Trail Ridge Road - Rocky Mountain National Park (seasonal) Grand/Estes Park CO 34 Connects Grand Lake and Estes Park through Rocky Mountain National Park on CO 34. Higher than any paved road in the US.

Airports

Eagle County Regional Airport
Just minutes from Vail, Beaver Creek and other world-class destinations, the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) gets you directly to the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Trade the long drives, snowy passes and road delays for friendly, world-class service and quick access to your favorite outdoor activities. In the winter, Air Canada, American, Delta and United provide non-stop jet service between EGE and ten major domestic and international cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/JFK, Newark, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington D.C. Summer options include daily non-stop flights between EGE and Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines. United Airlines offers non-stop service three times weekly from EGE to Houston Intercontinental and daily regional aircraft service to Denver.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
Winter 2016/2017 – History in the making! This Winter season will be a record breaker with a historical NINE nonstop flights to and from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport including DEN, LAX, ORD, DFW, SLC, ATL SFO, IAH, and MSP!  The airport is served by two airlines operating daily, year-round scheduled service. The airlines serving the airport are United Express (operated by SkyWest Airlines) and Republic Airlines (operated by Frontier Airlines).  The runway at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport was lengthened and widened in 2011 to its present size, 9,006 feet long by 100 feet wide. The entire terminal area was redeveloped in 1986 and 1987, which included new vehicular access roadways and the expansion of the terminal to its present size of 37,500 square feet. 

Granby Airport
Fly into the Granby/Grand County Airport ((GNB) then lodge and dine in the midst of gorgeous scenery and play a different spectacular golf course every day. Located in open terrain atop the Granby Mesa, the airport is an easy-in, easy out mountain airfield as can be seen from this view from the southeast. There is a Flight Planning Facility with a courtesy car and a restroom. Grand County Government advises pilots flying into Granby Airport (GNB) to call flight service at 1-800-992-7433, option #1 to check NOTAM information to determine if the airport is open and the runway has been plowed.

McElroy Airfield - Kremmling
located in the Town of Kremmling and owned and maintained by Grand County. McElroy Airfield has two runways, both 5,540 x 75 feet long. The capacity of both runways is 46,000 pounds for single wheel gear and 68.000 pounds for double wheel gear. Additional services supported by the airport include air freight, air ambulance, crop dusting, charter flights and flight instruction. There are currently 15 T-Hangars and 4 box hangars located on the airport.

     
     
     
     
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