Summer is a busy time in Aspen. We recommend booking flights as far in advance of Summer Words as possible. Plan to arrive in Aspen by 5pm on Sunday, June 17. Orientation will begin at 5 p.m. at our conference headquarters, The Gant, located in downtown Aspen. All workshops and most afternoon and evening events will also take place at The Gant. The final morning workshop will conclude at 12 noon on Friday, June 22. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Air Travel

There is air service into Sardy Field, Aspen, located three miles from downtown Aspen and the conference center. Aspen is a half-hour flight from Denver International Airport via United Airlines, which offers at least 10 daily flights during the summer months. American Airlines offers direct service as well, with several flights a day.

If you are staying at The Gant, the hotel van can pick you up from the Aspen airport. Please call (970) 925-5000 to provide your flight information in advance.

Taxis are also available from the Aspen airport and it is roughly $25 for a ride into town. Call Mountain Taxi at 970-925-8294 or catch one outside the airport.

Since flights into the Aspen airport can be costly, you can also consider flying into Eagle County airport (1.5 hour drive from Aspen), Grand Junction airport (2.5 hour drive from Aspen) or the Denver airport (3.5 hour drive from Aspen).

Shuttle/Train Services

Colorado Mountain Express – We have partnered with the Aspen Institute and Colorado Mountain Express to provide discounted shuttle service from the Denver Airport to Aspen (and return). If traveling on June 17, plan to take the 12 noon shuttle, which is the earliest shuttle from the Denver Airport to Aspen. This may mean that you are a few minutes late for orientation. Please let us know if you plan to take CME and we will give you the necessary orientation info once you arrive. When leaving on Friday, June 22, plan to take the 12:30 p.m. shuttle back to Denver. Although travel time is usually 4 hours with CME, you should plan for the possibility of a 5-hour trip in case of construction or traffic. Make reservations at (800) 525-6363 or www.cmex.com. Please use the code “INSTITUTE” to receive the special rate of $99 one-way.  CME also offers shuttles from Eagle Airport and to various locations in the Aspen area.

CME ScheduleSmiddy Limousine Corporatio
n – This shuttle service provides luxury transportation year-round from Denver International Airport, Eagle, Grand Junction and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Visit www.smiddylimoaspen.com or call (970) 925-7505.

Amtrak – Provides service to Glenwood Springs, 40 miles from Aspen. Colorado Mountain Express and High Mountain Taxi provide transportation to and from Glenwood Springs.

Driving Directions

From Denver, Aspen is 220 miles (3.5 hours) via I-70 West to Glenwood Springs. Aspen is then due east on Highway 82. Another 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 Eagle/Vail, Aspen is about 70 miles (1.5 hour drive), first on I-70 West to Glenwood Springs, and then connecting with Highway 82 to Aspen.

From Grand Junction, Aspen is an easy 2.5 hour drive east on I-70, connecting with Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs.

*If you are interested in carpooling with another Summer Words participant, please email Marie Chan or call 970.925.3122 ext.1.

Finding The Gant
Summer Words headquarters, The Gant, is located at 610 S West End Street, Aspen, CO 81611, just blocks away from the heart of downtown Aspen. Directions