Travel and Visas



The Aspen Center for Physics is in the town of Aspen, Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, well-known as a ski resort in winter and for hiking and other outdoor activities in summer.


Traveling to Aspen

Aspen has its own airport (ASE), about 10 minutes out of town. It is served by United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Airlines with nonstop flights from Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco (this list is subject to change).

Many participants choose to fly to Denver and take ground transportation to Aspen, about a 4 hour drive. Ground transportation options from Denver airport include
  • Shuttle service via Colorado Mountain Express (CME) (5 hours, reservations required, by phone (970) 754-7433, or receive 20% off at this booking link.)
  • The Bustang, whish runs from Denver, CO to Glenwood Springs, CO where you can transfer to a local RFTA bus to Aspen.
  • Rental car (one way rentals are available)
  • Shared ride found through the Center's Ride Board.
Another alternative is to fly to Eagle/Vail and take ground transportation (1.5 hours via Colorado Mountain Express, see information above).

If you choose to drive your own car to Aspen, you will be able to park for free at the Center and at your housing.


Visa Information

If you need a letter of invitation to process your visa, contact the Center at acp@aspenphys.org. Be sure to allow enough time for the visa process as it has been taking longer than in years' past.


It turned out that I got the crucial idea for the solution for one of the two problems I solved during my stay during a hike, and not while sitting in the office. This might indicate that an exceptional environment is a 'promoter' for scientific work.