For winter driving, we recommend choosing a 4WD or all-wheel drive otherwise the car may require winter chains. It’s also worth checking the road conditions to check the I-70 status on road closures. This can happen in areas such as Eisenhower Tunnel, Vail Pass and the Continental Divide. The best part of this drive is that it is solid freeway driving for those who aren’t comfortable on windy narrow mountain roads.
If you’re hiring a rental car at Eagle County Regional Airport you’ll find a variety of options such as economy, compact, midsize, full size, convertible, van, luxury and SUV rentals. Rental companies such as Avis, Hertz, Dollar, National and budget will have these options available. Each rental company offers different pick-uo and drop-off options. It’s best to check to see which option suits your travels best.
A few of the car hire companies you’ll find at Denver International Airport are Advantage, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.
If you are wanting to hire a car as an international driver, Colorado recognises drivers licenses from other countries for up to 90-days.
Note you must be 25 years of age in order to hire a car in the US. However some may make an exception in return for a higher rate. It would be best to contact the hire company if you are under the age of 25 to be sure hiring a car at a higher rate is possible.
Aspen/Pitkin County (ASE) to Aspen
ASE is three miles from Aspen along CO-82 East. From the airport, turn right onto CO-82 East. Proceed about three miles until you reach downtown Aspen. The trip should take a total of 10 minutes.
Eagle County Airport (EGE) to Aspen
Follow the signs towards I-70 West. Hop on the Interstate and continue for 23.7 miles. Take exit 116 for CO-82 East toward Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Proceed for 40 miles on 82 East until you arrive in downtown Aspen. This trip should take a total of one hour and 28 minutes.
Denver International Airport (DEN) to Aspen
Travel South and take the ramp onto Pena Blvd. Merge onto 1-70 West and continue for 168 miles. Take exit 116 for CO-82 East toward Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Proceed on CO 82-East for 40 miles and continue straight. From here you’ll arrive in downtown Aspen. This trip should take a total of three hours and 49 minutes.
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) to Aspen
Follow signs to 1-70 East and drive for 84.8 miles. Take exit 116 for CO-82 East toward Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Drive on CO-82 East for 39.7 miles until you reach downtown Aspen. This trip should take a total of two hours and 10 minutes.