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Travel to Zephyr Mountain Lodge

This page contains information on a number of topics.  Click on the links below or simply scroll down the page.

Air service to Denver International Airport
Air Fare comparison and booking services
Hotels between Denver to Winter Park
Public Transportation to Winter Park
Rental Cars at Denver International Airport
Winter Driving Tips
Driving Directions from Denver to Zephyr Mtn Lodge
Maps of Winter Park


AIR SERVICE TO DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
21 Airlines serve Denver International Airport [code DEN].  For your convenience, the carriers who bring the majority of guests to Winter Park are listed below.

United Airlines is listed first because they carry two thirds of Denver's traffic.

 
   United 1-800-241-6522
   Air Canada 1-888-247-2262
   American 1-800-433-7300
   ATA 1-800-237-7788
   British Airways 1-800-247-9297
   Delta 1-800-221-1212
   Frontier 1-800-432-1359
   Lufthansa 1-800-645-3880
   Mexicana 1-800-531-7921
   US Airways 1-800-428-4322

Consider visiting the Denver International Airport website.
Some carriers offer less expensive service to Colorado Springs than to Denver.  Should you choose this alternative, the driving time will be increased about 45 minutes.

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AIR FARE COMPARISON AND BOOKING SERVICES.
Discount airfare shopping is emerging as a common tool on the Internet.  Hundreds of companies have surfaced ... and they will give you different results.  Here is a sampling to choose from....

Orbitz -- Joint airline sponsorship
Hotwire -- Good prices, carrier unknown until purchase is made.
Priceline.com -- you set a price and see if any airlines will agree.

The Denver airport code is DEN.

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HOTELS BETWEEN DENVER AND WINTER PARK.
Some visitors have a late flight into Denver or an early morning return back home and prefer a hotel much nearer the airport and ......
The properties closest to the airport are on Tower Road and include: Comfort Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Day's Inn, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, La Quinta, and Ramada.  You can drop your car and use the hotel's courtesy shuttle.

The next closest are about 20 minutes away and are clustered around East 32nd to East 40th street with street addresses of 15000-17000.  They will be less expensive.  Also less expensive -- and about 30 minutes away -- will be hotels near the old Stapleton Airport location.  You should keep your car for any hotels you find in these areas. 

A comprehensive listing of the nearest hotels is provided by Denver International Airport at web location  www.flydenver.com/guide/tips/hotels.asp.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO WINTER PARK:
Greyhound Bus 1-800-231-2222 Service from across the US.  Change in Denver for either of two daily trips to Fraser.  Arrange for Zephyr Lodge to pick you up at the Fraser Amtrak Station.
Amtrack 1-800-USA-RAIL Service from across the US.  Two Daily stops at Fraser.  Arrange for Zephyr Lodge to pick you up at the Fraser Amtrak Station.  Winter Park is station code WIP
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION to WINTER PARK from AIRPORT:
Grand Limo 888-887-1340 Custom full service transportation from DIA to Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  Available when needed.  Cost effective for groups.
Home James Shuttle 800-451-4844 Service from DIA  to Winter Park Lodges.  Runs 6 times daily in the Winter season [11 times during peak season] and 3 times daily in the Summer season.  2002/3 price is $42 one way.
Greyhound Bus 1-800-231-2222 Currently one trip per day at approx 5PM.  For $25 each way.  Arrange for Zephyr Lodge to pick you up at the Fraser Amtrak Station.
Denver Grey Line   1-800-348-6877 specifics of service not yet available.

The resort and town of Winter Park partner to operate a free shuttle from 7AM to 11PM between the ski area, lodging, grocery, shopping, and dining.

Prices and schedule information subject to change.
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RENTAL CARS AT DENVER AIRPORT.
Most major car rental companies are represented at Denver Airport.  If traveling in the Winter, be sure to request ski rack.  Despite good public transportation, most visitors rent a car for greater mobility and freedom.  Travel from the airport to the Zephyr Mountain Lodge is 95 miles and will take about 2 hours IN GOOD WEATHER. 

When returning your car, be certain to allow plenty of time to make your plane.  Bad weather can add an additional hour driving.  Saturday or Sunday evenings -- summer and winter -- there is heavy traffic on I-70.  Allow an additional hour.  Denver morning rush hour traffic will also add 20 minutes.  Visit www.cotrip.org for a variety of I-70 and Denver traffic info.

It's simple to arrange and pickup a rental car at Denver Airport [DEN].  The counters are all on level 5, just as you exit the escalators after riding the underground train to the main terminal.  Grab your rental car before you get your luggage. 

The following major companies have car rental at Denver Airport.  They all take reservations over the Internet or through their toll-free numbers.

Company   Toll Free Local Number
1-303-xxx-xxxx
  Alamo 1-800-GO-ALAMO 303-342-7373
  Avis 1-800-230-4898 303-342-5500
  Budget 1-800-527-0700  
  Dollar 1-800-800-4000  
  Enterprise 1-800-RENT-ACAR  
  Hertz 1-800-654-3131 1-303-342-3800
  National 1-800-227-7368 1-303-342-0717
  Payless 1-800-PAY-LESS 1-303-342-9444
  Thrifty 1-800-367-2277 1-303-342-9499

Note:  The only rental car company in Winter Park itself is Hertz.  The local office is 1-970-726-8993.  This could be useful if you need a car one-way. 

If you don't have a favorite rental car company, there is a price comparison of Rental Rates by Orbitz  available on the internet.  Enter DEN for location, and your rental dates.

Tip -- refill your gas tank ahead of time since rental car companies often charge up to three times the normal rate.  There is a station adjacent to the rental car return lots that charges $.15 to $.20 per gallon above Denver rates.  As you approach the airport, the station is on the left side between mile markers 8 and 9.  Exit at Jackson Gap Rd and double back.  Or you can refill for market rates at any of the stations at the Chambers Road or Peoria Road exits off Interstate 70.  Be sure to top off the tank because these exits are 10-12 miles from the airport. 

For up to the minute road conditions call 1-303-639-1111.

Take care when driving through the town of Empire -- just after exiting I-70 at mile 232 -- as the local officials strictly enforce their speed limits.

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WINTER DRIVING TIPS:
Winter driving in the Colorado Rockies can be tricky.  The Colorado Department of Transportation uses the newest equipment and methods to clear snow, and the mountain passes are kept open 365 days a year.  Berthoud Pass has recently undergone a major widening and straightening project to improve safety and driving ease.  Still we advise caution.  Click here to open a separate window on our website with winter driving tips courtesy Firestone and Bridgestone tires.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
To help with your drive, we are pleased to offer simple driving instructions.  You need to take fewer than 10 turns, and you will encounter just 3 traffic lights -- usually green.

1. Take Pena Blvd from Denver Airport to I-70 West.  This is approx 8-10 miles depending on where you rent your car.

2. Take I-70 West towards Idaho Springs/Grand Jct., to Exit 232.  It's about 51 miles.

3. Take Exit 232 (U.S. Hwy 40 West) towards Empire/Granby and over Berthoud Pass.  Beware the town of Empire about 1 mile from the exit.  The local officials frequently patrol for speeders.

4. Winter Park Resort is approximately 25 miles on Hwy 40 from the I-70.

5. Turn left at the first traffic light you encounter since the town of Empire over 30 minutes ago. (you will see the colorful Winter Park Resort sign), and then follow the Winter Park Drive down and then in a bend to the right for one half a mile to Winter Park Resort.

6. After about a third of a mile you will come to a access gate which -- unless staffed -- will be open.  Proceed past the gate and take the first left turn into the Zephyr Mountain Lodge driveway.  The Zephyr Mountain Lodge is the new condominium complex right next to the ski area.

7. The front desk reception is situated in the first building -- Riverside -- of the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.

Companies such as MapQuest, Mapblast, MapsOnUs, Yahoo Maps, Google Maps, and Live Maps [MSN] and offer driving instructions.  Unfortunately the address for the Zephyr Mountain Lodge is not always programmed into their databases.  Try...
  201 Zephyr Way -or- 401 Nystrom Way
  Winter Park, CO,   80482

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MAPS to WINTER PARK and ZEPHYR MOUNTAIN LODGE:
Map of Denver International Airport
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Simple Grand County Map
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Simple map from Denver to Winter Park   Link to Ski Trail Map
North West Colorado Map
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Relief Map of Grand County
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Map of Winter Park Base Area
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  Link to Mountain Bike Maps
Street Map of Winter Park Town   Link to Hike Maps
 
 
 

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