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Rocky Mountains

Getting there & around

Denver International Airport (DIA; www.flydenver.com; 8500 Peña Blvd) is the main hub – and the popular budget favorite Southwest Airlines now flies out of here. From Denver you can fly to the small airports dotting the area. Salt Lake City also has connections with destinations in all four states.

Greyhound (800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com) has fixed bus routes throughout the Rockies. TNM&O (Texas New Mexico Coaches Inc; 719-635-1505; www.greyhound.com) is affiliated with Greyhound, and serves the same lines through Colorado and parts of Wyoming. Powder River Coach USA (800-442-3682) primarily serves eastern Wyoming, but also goes to Denver, Billings and Rapid City, SD. Rimrock Stages (800-255-7655; www.rimrocktrailways.com) serves Montana destinations.

The following Amtrak (800-872-7245; www.amtrak.com) services run to and around the region:

California Zephyr Daily between Emeryville, CA (in San Francisco Bay Area), and Chicago, IL, with six stops in Colorado, including Denver, Fraser-Winter Park, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

Empire Builder Runs daily from Seattle, WA, or Portland, OR, to Chicago, IL, with 12 stops in Montana (including Whitefish and East and West Glacier) and one stop in Idaho at Sandpoint.

Southwest Chief Links Los Angeles and Chicago; stops in the southern Colorado towns of Trinidad, La Junta and Lamar.

The Rockies are vast and public transportation is limited, so it’s most convenient to have your own wheels. Following are some examples of distances:

Denver to Durango, CO 338 miles.

Denver, CO, to Yellowstone National Park, WY 590 miles.

Boise, ID, to Bozeman, MT 477 miles.