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Best way from Steamboat to Aspen?

post #1 of 13
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Is renting a car the only realistic way to get from Steamboat to Aspen?

I will definitely be in Aspen Mar 8-15. My club is also running a trip to Steamboat Mar 1-8, and I'm thinking of combining the trips. I just need to figure out how to get between the two resorts.
post #2 of 13
If you are looking for the road less traveled may I suggest taking route 131. The UPS drivers call it the Ho Chi Min Trail. The last time I took it I saw more dead mule deer on the road then I did cars. It bumps into I-70 between Vail and Glenwood Springs and will save you more time than driving through the Craigs and Meekers of the world.
post #3 of 13
Yes, 131 is the best way. It's actually quite scenic in a open range kind of way.
Lots of ranchers feeding cattle off of wagons pulled by teams of Belgians. Just be careful if its windy, it can drift up pretty good.

See if you can do a one way car rental. I don't know what companies have offices in Steamboat, but Aspen has all of the big guys.
post #4 of 13
He might be able to do a one-way rental by picking the car up at the Aspen airport and dropping the car off at the Steamboat airport. Check the major carriers. Hopefully you are over 25.

131 is a beautiful drive, but aren't they all beautiful in that part of our world.
post #5 of 13
i would find 4 other people to do the same thing and then reserve a chauffeured vehicle from colorado mountain express premier service for 635 bones - no liability - no driving - door to door - gratuity included

car rental one way drop off fees are very expensive

maybe i'll pick you up and drop you off - maybe
post #6 of 13
25 years ago after a family ski vacation from Wisconsin to Steamboat I hitched-hiked with a backpack and skis to Aspen between Christmas and New Years to hook up with some college buddies. I can definitely attest to the fact that hitch-hiking is not the "best way" to do that trip, although it is probably the cheapest.
post #7 of 13
The Steamboat airport has a few major rental brands. I think they are limited as to the type of vehicle, but if you reserve one they will get it from another location. I rented an Expedition from there once.
post #8 of 13
If weather is an issue, go through Craig. 131 and Rabbit Ears can be slow and icky.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions!
post #10 of 13
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If weather is an issue, go through Craig. 131 and Rabbit Ears can be slow and icky.

131 doesn't go over Rabbit Ears.
post #11 of 13
I'd bet you could charter a light plane to go from Aspen to Hayden pretty reasonably - what can the flight time be - 30 minutes, max?. And you could always go for the fun mountain scenic tour too for a couple bucks more.

No problem with car drop off either, as you have all the majors at both aspen and hayden airports.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
Yes, 131 is the best way. It's actually quite scenic in a open range kind of way.
Lots of ranchers feeding cattle off of wagons pulled by teams of Belgians. Just be careful if its windy, it can drift up pretty good.

See if you can do a one way car rental. I don't know what companies have offices in Steamboat, but Aspen has all of the big guys.
I second. When I first started coming out here, I made a winter trip from Park City to Vail via US.40 to Steamboat, then south on 131. It was glorious scenery and we hardly saw another car. At one point on 131, I stopped to take a leak by the side of the road just after dark, and the entire mountainside in front of me started moving. Being fresh from NYC, I freaked. I turned the car around so that the headlights illuminated the hill and thousands of pairs of glowing eyes stared back at me. It was an enormous herd of sheep, perhaps expecting dinner, who, seeing me stop, came over.

Do a one way rental if you can, it'll be memorable.
post #13 of 13
131 is not that bad -- it is just narrow. You will get to see lots of interesting country, including Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Toponas, Burns, and McCoy before joining I70. Wave to my aunt as you pass!

Mike
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