- Eagle County Airport (EGE) is about 1 hour west of Summit County
- Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is 2.5 hours east of Summit County
- Denver International Airport (DEN) is 1.75 hours east of Summit County
Eagle County Airport
- Airport Code: EGE
- Location: The Eagle County Airport is located on the south side of Interstate 70 in Gypsum at exit 147. The airport is over 60 miles or about 70 minutes west of Summit County. Vail Pass closes intermittently in winter, so check the Colorado Department of Transportation website before leaving.
American provides direct flights from Dallas, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Continental runs direct flights from Houston and Newark.
Delta provides direct flights from Atlanta and Minneapolis.
United provides direct flights from Denver.
Sky West offers direct flights from Denver.
- Airport Services:
Places to Eat – All three eateries are located after the security checkpoint. Alpenglo Restaurant features pizza and sandwiches. Mountain Java sells coffee, drinks and snacks. Or grab a beer and bar food at Townie Tavern.
Gift Shops – The Gore Range Traders, located after the security checkpoint, and Alpenglo Express, located before security, both sell reading materials, snacks and souvenirs.
WiFi – Free Wireless Internet is available in the passenger terminal.
- Getting To/From Eagle County Airport
Several private shuttle and limo services offer transportation to and from the airport starting at $55/person one-way. Most national car-rental companies have cars available year-round.
The free Eagle County bus system services the airport, but does not link up with the Summit County bus system.
Colorado Springs Airport
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport is the furthest afield of all three airports servicing Summit County, but it offers a scenic driving route that skirts Denver's heavy traffic.
- Airport Code: COS
- Location: The airport is located east of downtown Colorado Springs. From Summit County, take State Highway 9 south through Breckenridge to Hartsel, then east on US Highway 24 for a total drive time of about two and a half hours.
SkyWest flies to Chicago, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.
American services Dallas.
Allegiant operates flights to Las Vegas, Long Beach and Phoenix.
Delta flies to Atlanta.
- Airport Services:
Eight eateries serve food until about 5 PM, including venerable fast-food options Pizza Hut and Quiznos. Several shops sell souvenirs, reading materials and snacks until late evening. If traveling has you stressed out, decompress with a chair massage at Gate 6.
Free WiFi Internet access is available.
- Getting To/From Colorado Springs Airport:
Renting a car is the best option. All major car-rental companies service the airport, but reserve a four-wheel drive vehicle in advance if traveling in winter. You can also hire a limo from any number of limo companies. Taxi and shuttle companies don't regularly service Summit County.
Enjoy the gorgeous drive through Pike National Forest and numerous state parks. Anglers should pack a fly-rod and hikers will find a plethora of day-hike options.
Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport has so many direct flights and is a relatively short highway drive away that most Summit County visitors choose to fly through “DEN.”
- Airport Code: DEN
- Location: About 1 hour and 45 minutes from Summit County, Denver International Airport is located 12 miles off Interstate 70 and 25 miles east of downtown Denver near the suburb of Aurora.
The tenth-busiest and third-largest airport in the world, DEN hosts over 17 major airlines flying directly to dozens of domestic and several international destinations. Here is a sample:
British Airways flies direct to Chicago and London.
American flies to Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle.
Southwest and United (and its various affiliates) hub out of Denver with flights going to about 40 domestic destinations daily, including Boston, New York, Vancouver, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.
- Airport Services:
Denver International Airport has all the modern amenities you'd expect at an American airport. Retailers with duty-free items, reading materials, souvenirs and gadgets line the terminals before and after security. Dining options abound with several table-service options and countless fast-food restaurants. Free WiFi is available throughout.
- Getting To/From Denver International Airport:
Several companies run affordable shuttles departing regularly for Summit County. Prices start at about $55 one-way. Make reservations in advance.
All national car-rental companies have offices in DEN. If driving to Summit County in winter, reserve a four-wheel drive model in advance.