Alternate Routes for Steamboat Springs

What are some alternate route options to Steamboat Springs? We'll talk about routes we're familiar with in this article.

Routes We've Used in the Past

Below are alternate routes from i70 West that we're familiar with. All of these routes take longer than the normal trip via i70. Keep in mind that snow removal is not as adequate as on interstate highways. Travel at your own risk. Rental cars do not always have snow tires or four wheel drive. Our professional chauffeurs have driving experience in winter conditions as well as on these alternate routes. We just wanted to share all of the travel options so that you can make the best choice.

Highway 9 to Steamboat Springs

Primary Route to Steamboat Springs from Denver

The main route to Steamboat Springs is via the i70 corridor to Silverthorne, then via Highway 9 to Kremmling, then Highway 40 to Steamboat Springs. The distance between Silverthorne and Steamboat Springs is 89 miles. This road is still subject to hazardous winter driving conditions, experienced drivers and snow equipment are highly recommended. The route takes you through Rabbit Ears Pass (elevation 9.425 ft) and crosses the continental divide. Due to many sections of the road being flat, driving can be difficult because of windy and snowy weather.

Highway 40 to Steamboat Springs

Alternative Route: Highway 40

This route is useful when i70 is closed in the foothills or at Floyd Hill. When the i70 is closed at the Eisenhower Tunnel. Travel anywhere in the mountains can be difficult. Luckily you will be able to take highway 40 to bypass these closures. Take exit 234 towards Winter Park to get on to Highway 40. You will drive through Berthoud Pass (elevation 11,306 ft) which is a 24 mile route. Since the road sits at a higher elevation, expect colder temperatures and more variable weather conditions. Be especially prepared in the winter months (especially with snow tires and 4-wheel drive) and make sure whoever is an experience winter driver.

Highway 131

How to get from Vail to Steamboat Springs

Take highway 131 N (93 miles) and will usually take 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete. A couple of things to note for this alternative route: there is no night snowplowing and there may be animals present. Stay alert and make sure you have the proper safety equipment for winter driving. The road is single lane each direction and windy in flat areas.