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Traveling to Storm Peak Laboratory

For access to Storm Peak Laboratory, please contact the director or site manager in advance.


During the Ski Season there are daily non-stop flights into the Hayden/Steamboat Airport, and that is a 30 min drive from town. There are daily flights from Atlanta (Delta), Chicago (United and American), Dallas (American), Houston (Continental), Minneapolis (Northwest) and Salt Lake City (Delta). There are weekly flights on Saturday from NY – LGA and Newark. All year there are flights from Denver (United). For more info on flights to Hayden/Steamboat airport please see:

The Denver airport and Boulder are a 3-hour drive with no weather or traffic. Renting a car from DIA is an option. Take I-70 West to Silverthorne (~90 min), then take Route 9 North to Kremling (~45 min), then take Highway 40 West to Steamboat (~45 min). There are shuttles from DIA and Hayden on GO Alpine (, or Storm Mountain Express ( and the second is setup for groups.



157 miles Northwest of Denver, an easy 3 hour drive. Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne, Exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles), then West on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles). Alternate Routes if Rabbit Ears Pass is Closed and you’re coming from Denver or Colorado Springs. Proceed past Kremmling, and head west on US 40 until the intersection with CO 134 (6 miles). Turn left and go over Gore Pass (CO 134). At Toponas, take Colorado 131 north to Steamboat Springs (40 miles). Or, take I 70 west (through Vail) until Exit 157. Take CO 131 North to Steamboat Springs (75 miles), then left on US 40 to town (4 miles).

Fort Collins

Take CO 14 West, through Poudre Canyon, over Cameron Pass until Walden, CO. Take CO 14 (toward Steamboat Springs) until US 40, and turn right (West) over Muddy and Rabbit Ears Passes to Steamboat Springs.

Grand Junction

Take I 70 West through Glenwood Springs and Eagle to Exit 157(117 miles). Take CO 131 North (75 miles) to US 40. Turn left on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (4 miles).

Laramie, Wyoming

Take WY 230 West (Snowy Range exit) through Mountain Home to the Wyoming/Colorado border, the road changes to CO 127. Stay on CO 127 to Walden. Take CO 14 West to US 40 at Muddy Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs.

Salt Lake City

Take US 40/UT 189 South to Heber City, UT. Stay on US 40, Steamboat Springs is about 5 1/2 hours from Park City.

Accessing Storm Peak Laboratory Once in Steamboat Springs

Winter: December - April

During the winter (December - April) accessing Storm Peak Lab is easiest via skis and/or snowboard. Thanks to the generosity of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, Storm Peak Lab receives discounted daily lift tickets for all researchers associated with Storm Peak Lab. The lift hours are from 9 am - 3 pm. We suggest arriving at the base no later than 1 pm for accessing the lab via ski lifts. For non-skiers to access Storm Peak Lab they will need to ride up on a snowmobile, and that is done before the ski resort opens at 8 am and after it closes at 4:30 p.m.

Summer: June - October

During the summer (June - October) Storm Peak Lab is accessible via four wheel drive vehicle. Storm Peak Lab has an agreement to use the dirt road that the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation maintains. A vehicle pass is required to travel on this road, and advanced notice is require to obtain the pass. A valid drivers license, vehicle registration,and proof of insurance is required to obtain the pass.

May and November

Accessing Storm Peak Lab in May and November is only possible via snowmobile with the Storm Peak Lab staff.