The Roaring Fork Valley is primarily accessed by vehicle via Interstate 70 (I-70), which traverses Colorado east to west. Additionally, travelers can access Aspen and other towns via Highway 82 over Independence Pass. This access is restricted in the winter as Independence Pass, which connects Aspen to cities like Buena Vista and Leadville to the east and south, is closed during winter months. This closure isolates to Aspen during the winter to only being accessible via 82 from the west, through Glenwood Springs.
There is only one commercial airport in the area, Sardy Field in Aspen. Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley also make use of nearby Eagle-Vail Airport in Gypsum, the Grand Junction Regional Airport, or drive to Denver for commercial flights. There are some local municipal airports that accommodate chartered flights, small planes, and private planes and jets.
The primary mode of public transportation is the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA), whose routes reach from Aspen to Rifle. All busses in RFTA’s fleet use biodiesel, including its hybrid busses. In 2013, RFTA unveiled its new VelociRFTA rural Bus Rapid Transit program, the first of its kind anywhere in the country. By increasing the bus frequency during peak seasons, waiting and commutes times are reduced. Additionally, free WiFi is available at all VelociRFTA stations and on the busses.
For more information about using public transportation in the Valley, visit RFTA’s website, www.rfta.com.