The drive from DEN to Vail ascends nearly 5800 ft/1750 m through the Eisenhower tunnel, and offers spectacular mountain landscapes that define the classic Colorado Rockies. Without stopping, the drive usually takes about 2.5-3 hours depending on traffic through the I-70 Corridor. However, there are many spots along the way to enjoy what Colorado has to offer, from outstanding restaurants, breweries and shopping in Downtown Denver and Golden, to the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, the authentic mining towns of Idaho Springs, Georgetown and Breckenridge, and of course, the breathtaking high-alpine peaks over Loveland, Vail and Independence Pass. More roadtrip details and suggestions could be found in the Tourism tab. Please note that Grand Hyatt Vail offers a discounted $15 nightly valet parking rate. As weather could change on a whim in the Colorado high country, you can track updates on I-70 road conditions here.

I-70 Corridor(1)
The drive from DEN to Vail is ~130 mi/ 210 km. Notable stops are highlighted. (Googlemaps)


Anxious with driving up steep and winding mountain roads? Or maybe you just want to have a more 'chill' travel experience. You can still explore the Vail area without needing to rent a car. Several shuttle services are available from DEN to Grand Hyatt Vail (and back). We highly recommend booking through EPIC Mountain Express. The cost for a shared ride (one-way) is $80 per person. 

Photo courtesy of EPIC Mountain Express


The hotel provides free shuttle to/from Vail Village, which can also be accessed via a peaceful, paved 1.8-mi/2.8-km footpath parallel to Gore Creek.

The Grand Hyatt is located in Cascade Village. The hotel's free shuttle or the flat, paved footpath connects it directly to Lionshead and Vail Village.