I-70 is a direct route into Vail. It's exactly 100 miles from Denver, and about 130 miles from Denver International Airport. Please allow an extra 30 minutes due to construction at Eisenhower Tunnel. Current information on traffic delays through the tunnel. During peak times, I-70 can get very congested and it is not unheard of for a trip from Vail to Denver to take 3 hours or more. Peak times are weekend afternoons (2pm-6pm) both in the summer and winter. Plan accordingly and either leave in the morning, or leave Vail after 5pm. The ride from Denver takes you from 5,280' to the Eisenhower pass/tunnel at over 11,000'. After a steep drop to Silverthorne at 8,750' I-70 winds through Officer's Gulch. I-70 then climbs over Vail Pass at 10,650' before the drop to the Vail Valley floor at 8,120'. Driving Instructions
If you are uncomfortable driving, it is recommended that you spend a little extra money and employ one of the private charter services available in the Vail Valley.
Fly into Vail/Eagle County Airport or Denver International Airport. Note: Vail/Eagle County Airport is still about 35 miles from Vail, a shared ride in a Van from there to Vail will cost you about $50 per person once you tip the driver. If you are travelling with your family or in a group, there are a number of private charter services that are also available. These are often more convenient than a shared ride service since they transport you door to door. Although you might think about renting a car, parking is expensive in Vail and most everything is in walking distance or a short ride away on the town's extensive free bus system. If you fly into Denver, you might think about renting a car, but you should be warned that the 100+ mile trip from Denver takes you over 2 mountain passes at elevations of 11,000 and 10,600 feet.
by Bus or Van
Several carriers offer limo, van, or bus service to and from Vail, Denver, and other cities in Colorado, or the Eagle Vail airport. The Kern Conference has contracted with Colorado Mountain Express van service for the 2016 conference. For fare quotes and reservations, please call 970-754-7433 with the group code LIPID or login to their website for discounted pricing for Kern attendees.