From Denver International Airport
View Map from Denver International Airport to Keystone Resort Conference Center
Leaving on a Sunday?
- As you leave the airport, take Peña Boulevard to Interstate 70, westbound
- Travel west on I-70, through the Eisenhower Tunnel, to Silverthorne Exit 205
- After exiting, turn left and continue 6 miles (9.6 km) east on U.S. Highway 6
- Distance is approximately 90 miles (145 km)
- The drive takes approximately 2 hours, depending upon road and traffic conditions
In winter, traffic on Interstate 70 tends to build up going westbound on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and eastbound on Sunday afternoons, as Front Range residents and visitors make their way to and from the mountains for weekend getaways. This weekend ski traffic often mixes with snowy and/or icy conditions, causing additional delays and closures. Here are some tips for surviving the weekend ski traffic:
* Go online to www.CoTrip.org
, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) travel information page, for access to real-time cameras and travel speeds, as well as roadside message signs advising about potential delays.
* Stay late.
CDOT's hourly traffic counts at the Eisenhower Tunnel show that the busiest times are Saturdays around 8 a.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. onward; to avoid the Sunday rush, stay for dinner and leave at 6 p.m.
* Tune in to local Channel 22
to see live feeds from CDOT's 19 traffic cameras set up between Vail and Idaho Springs. The cameras provide real-time estimates of travel time to Denver, along with weather conditions.
* On the drive east to Denver,
take the U.S. 40 frontage road at Georgetown (exit 228) and stay with it until it merges back into I-70 east of Idaho Springs (exit 241). But be prepared for a gamble, as traffic can back up there, too. You will need to travel slowly, but will be able to enjoy the historic Colorado mining towns where the gold rush began on January 7, 1859.*** New for 2016*** the Colorado Department of Transportation will have stricter enforcement of the state's Passenger Vehicle Traction & Chain Laws which states:
If weather conditions require, CDOT can implement Passenger Vehicle Traction and Chain Laws. Motorists will be alerted to an active Traction or Chain Law by highway signage.
Traction Law (Code 15) - During an active Traction Law, also known as a Code 15, motorists will need to have either snow tires, tires with the mud/snow (M/S) designation, or a four-wheel drive vehicle — all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.
Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) - During severe winter storms, CDOT will implement a Passenger Vehicle Chain Law, also known as a Code 16 — this is the final safety measure before the highway is closed. During a Passenger Vehicle Chain Law, every vehicle on the roadway is required to have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock).
Fines - Motorists driving with inadequate equipment during a Passenger Vehicle Traction or Chain Law could be fined more than $130. If a motorist blocks the roadway because they have inadequate equipment during a Passenger Vehicle Traction or Chain Law, they could be fined more than $650.
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