Colorado Transportation

Transportation in Colorado

  • Colorado has one of the most efficient multi medium transportation systems in America. Excluding water transport (due to the absence of any major water body), people rely on road transport which also includes buses.

  • Other popular modes of travel are rail and air transport.

Road Transport Services in Colorado

  • The Colorado Department of Transport is in charge for the up keep and maintenance of the network of 9,144 miles long highways. These also include some interstate highways which are major arterial roads.

  • This list also includes around 3,429 bridges. The metro area of the state is easier to maneuver around due to the availability of Regional Transportation District. This service is provided to the people at affordable rates. In addition, the bus service of regional transit system has over 10,000 stops.

  •  This provides the people with a larger zone to cover without any hassles whatsoever. Dedicated routes are also available. Thus if one has to travel a short distance for example to their workplace then one can avail to monthly and yearly passes.

  • Buses on these routes run according to a fixed schedule. Thus one does not have to worry about reaching their workplace on time. Some routes are for express bus services while others are regional routes which cater to the people travelling to and from far out places.

  • In short this service covers the entire state and strives to ensure a problem free service to its consumers at a reasonable price. Another feature of this service is that they provide the people with an application called the trip planner which helps people pin point the location of different transit stops located across the entire state.

  • If the distance is huge then one can use their vehicle and park it at one of the 80 park and ride stops. Thus people will end up saving a considerable amount of money on gas and maintenance of the car etc. Holidays are not a problem either as most of the services operates round the year i.e. all of the 365 days.

  • The buses are well equipped. For example all the buses are disabled friendly and accessible to wheelchairs etc. They even have racks especially designed to carry bikes safely without any inconvenience to the passengers. A trip to the Denver International Airport is way easier if one opts for the skyride service.

  • These buses are dedicated to the airport routes and the fares are affordable and range from $8 to $12 one way.

Interstate and Federal Highway Routes in Colorado

  • Interstate 25
  • Interstate 70
  • Interstate 76
  • Interstate 225
  • Interstate 270
  • U.S. Route 6
  • U.S. Route 24
  • U.S. Route 34
  • U.S. Route 36
  • U.S. Route 40
  • U.S. Route 50
  • U.S. Route 84
  • U.S. Route 85
  • U.S. Route 87
  • U.S. Route 138
  • U.S. Route 160
  • U.S. Route 285
  • U.S. Route 287
  • U.S. Route 350
  • U.S. Route 400
  • U.S. Route 491
  • U.S. Route 550

RTD and Other Rail Services in Colorado

  • Regional transportation district also offers light rail services in the state of Colorado. The network of these light rail services is huge and spans across 36 stations from which one can easily avail to this service.

  • Most of the metro areas from the central area to the southwest and southeast are covered by this service. The rail system is in itself very efficient as it is fast (speeds up to 55 miles per hour) as well as reliable.

  • 20 of the light rail stations are equipped with parking lots. Thus if the station is at a distance one can drive to the station and park at a secure location and then take the train.

  • This service provides a break from traffic jams and a hassle free journey throughout. Some trains also operate late at nights as well early in the morning to facilitate commuters at odd hours.

  • All the rail cars are disable friendly and even a person bound to a wheelchair will be able to use the service.

  • National train services like the California Zephyr train and The Southwest Chief train also run across the state of Colorado. These trains are under the management of Amtrak rail services and offer rail services at many stops in Colorado for people wanting to travel to other states.

List of Airports in Colorado

City Served FAA IATA ICAO Airport Name Role Enpl.
Commercial Service - Primary Airports
Aspen ASE ASE KASE Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (Sardy Field) P-N 213,381
Colorado Springs COS COS KCOS City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport P-S 997,348
Denver DEN DEN KDEN Denver International Airport P-L 24,287,939
Durango DRO DRO KDRO Durango-La Plata County Airport P-N 134,386
Eagle EGE EGE KEGE Eagle County Regional Airport P-N 212,832
Fort Collins / Loveland FNL FNL KFNL Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport P-N 31,094
Grand Junction GJT GJT KGJT Grand Junction Regional Airport (Walker Field) P-N 212,588
Gunnison GUC GUC KGUC Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport P-N 36,035
Hayden HDN HDN KHDN Yampa Valley Airport (Yampa Valley Regional) P-N 136,600
Montrose MTJ MTJ KMTJ Montrose Regional Airport P-N 85,868
Telluride TEX TEX KTEX Telluride Regional Airport P-N 13,325
Commercial Service - Non-Primary Airports
Alamosa ALS ALS KALS San Luis Valley Regional Airport (Bergman Field) CS 7,161
Cortez CEZ CEZ KCEZ Cortez Municipal Airport CS 8,401
Pueblo PUB PUB KPUB Pueblo Memorial Airport CS 4,345
Reliever Airports
Aurora (Denver) FTG KFTG Front Range Airport R
Broomfield (Denver) BJC BJC KBJC Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (was Jefferson Co.) R 524
Centennial (Denver) APA APA KAPA Centennial Airport R 1,158
Colorado Springs 00V Meadow Lake Airport R
Erie EIK KEIK Erie Municipal Airport R
General Aviation Airports
Akron AKO AKO KAKO Colorado Plains Regional Airport GA 8
Boulder BDU WBU KBDU Boulder Municipal Airport GA 9
Buena Vista AEJ KAEJ Central Colorado Regional Airport GA
Burlington ITR KITR Kit Carson County Airport GA 62
Cañon City 1V6 CNE Fremont County Airport GA 7
Craig CAG CIG KCAG Craig-Moffat Airport (Craig-Moffat County Airport) GA 5
Delta AJZ KAJZ Blake Field GA
Fort Morgan FMM KFMM Fort Morgan Municipal Airport GA 2
Granby GNB KGNB Granby-Grand County Airport GA
Greeley GXY GXY KGXY Greeley-Weld County Airport GA 45
Holyoke HEQ KHEQ Holyoke Airport (Holyoke Municipal Airport) GA 7
Kremmling 20V McElroy Airfield (McElroy Field) GA
La Junta LHX KLHX La Junta Municipal Airport GA
Lamar LAA LAA KLAA Lamar Municipal Airport GA 25
Leadville LXV LXV KLXV Lake County Airport (Leadville Airport) GA
Limon LIC LIC KLIC Limon Municipal Airport GA
Longmont LMO KLMO Vance Brand Airport (was AMR/KAMR) GA 524
Meeker EEO KEEO Meeker Airport GA
Monte Vista MVI KMVI Monte Vista Municipal Airport GA
Nucla AIB KAIB Hopkins Field GA
Pagosa Springs PSO PGO KPSO Stevens Field GA 61
Rangely 4V0 RNG Rangely Airport GA
Rifle RIL RIL KRIL Garfield County Regional Airport GA 252
Salida ANK SLT KANK Harriet Alexander Field GA
Steamboat Springs SBS SBS KSBS Steamboat Springs Airport (Bob Adams Field) GA 3
Sterling STK STK KSTK Sterling Municipal Airport GA
Trinidad TAD TAD KTAD Perry Stokes Airport GA 1
Walsenburg 4V1 Spanish Peaks Airfield GA
Wray 2V5 Wray Municipal Airport GA 1
Yuma 2V6 Yuma Municipal Airport GA
Other Public-Use Airports (not listed in NPIAS)
Akron 5V6 Gebauer Airport
Blanca 05V Blanca Airport
Brush 7V5 Brush Municipal Airport
Calhan 5V4 Calhan Airport
Center 1V8 Leach Airport
Crawford 99V Crawford Airport
Creede C24 Mineral County Memorial Airport 14
Del Norte 8V1 Astronaut Rominger Airport (Del Norte Muni. & Co.)
Delta D17 Westwinds Airport (Hawkins Field)
Dove Creek 8V6 Dove Creek Airport
Durango 00C AMK Animas Air Park 39
Eads 9V7 Eads Municipal Airport
Ellicott A50 Colorado Springs East Airport
Glenwood Springs GWS GWS KGWS Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport
Greeley 11V Easton/Valley View Airport
Haxtun 17V Haxtun Municipal Airport
Holly K08 Holly Airport
Hudson 18V Platte Valley Airpark
Julesburg 7V8 Julesburg Municipal Airport
La Veta 07V Cuchara Valley Airport at La Veta
Las Animas 7V9 City of Las Animas - Bent County Airport
Mack C07 Mack Mesa Airport
Paonia 7V2 WPO North Fork Valley Airport
Saguache 04V Saguache Municipal Airport
Springfield 8V7 Springfield Municipal Airport 19
Walden 33V Walden-Jackson County Airport
Westcliffe C08 Silver West Airport
Other Military Airports
Aurora BKF BKF KBKF Buckley Air Force Base
Colorado Springs AFF AFF KAFF United States Air Force Academy
Fort Carson FCS FCS KFCS Butts Army Airfield (Fort Carson)
Notable Private-Use Airports
Crested Butte 0CO2 CSE Buckhorn Ranch Airport
Eckert / Orchard City 6CO0 Doctors Mesa Airport 1
Norwood 0CO6 Flying M & M Ranch Airport 6
Notable Former Airports
Denver DEN KDEN Stapleton International Airport (replaced by Denver Intl)
Fort Collins 3V5 Fort Collins Downtown Airport (closed Nov. 1, 2006)

Commercial Airports in Colorado

  • ALS – San Luis Valley Regional Airport
  • ASE – Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
  • CEZ – Cortez Municipal Airport
  • COS – City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport
  • DEN – Denver International Airport
  • DRO – Durango-La Plata County Airport
  • EGE – Eagle County Regional Airport
  • FNL – Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport
  • GJT – Grand Junction Regional Airport
  • GUC – Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport
  • HDN – Yampa Valley Airport
  • MTJ – Montrose Regional Airport
  • PUB – Pueblo Memorial Airport
  • TEX – Telluride Regional Airport

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

CDOT Agency Overview
CDOT Formed 1917
CDOT Jurisdiction Colorado
CDOT Headquarters 4201 E. Arkansas Avenue Denver, Colorado 80222
CDOT Employees 3,300+
CDOT Annual Budget $1,000,000,000+
CDOT Agency Executives Russell George, Executive Director
Margaret A. Catlin, Deputy Director
Pamela Hutton, Chief Engineer
CDOT Parent Agency State of Colorado
CDOT Website