Eagle County Airport Car Rental

Eagle County Regional Airport Background…

In the 1930s, the first runway for the airport was completed by the Civil Aeronautics Authority. It was built as an emergency landing strip for an air route that ran from Denver to Los Angeles at the time. After a little more than a decade, the airstrip was turned into a full-fledged airport in 1947. For the next fifty years the airport flew under the radar as it went about its business.

In 1996, construction on a new nine million dollar passenger terminal began. The airport saw a seventy-three percent increase in passengers during the first year of its construction and a new period of expansion began. Due to the increased demand the new terminal brought, a thirty thousand square-foot expansion started in 2001, soon after the terminal was completed. A two million dollar air control tower was built two years after the expansion. Five years after that, in 2008, a study showed that the airport has created more than ten thousand jobs and paid more than a quarter of a billion dollars in wages.

Eagle County Airport terminal

Eagle County Regional Airport Car Rentals…

While it may not be one of the busiest airports in the United States, Eagle County Regional retains seven of the eight national car rental companies on-site for the use of its passengers. The seven companies everyone can choose from are Avis, Alamo, National, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz, and Dollar. All seven counters are located next to the baggage claim area inside the main terminal. If you need assistance finding the counters, please check out the terminal map below or a directory when you land. All the rental cars are located just outside the terminal in the rental lot you will be directed to once you’ve filled out all the paperwork. 

Eagle County Airport Directions to Areas Near the Airport...

You should probably keep in mind that the airport is out in the middle of nowhere. It is the halfway point between Denver and Grand Junction, meaning to get to any sizable city you’ll be stuck driving quite a ways. The area is mostly an eco-tourism spot for people who wish to visit Arapaho National Forests or Grand Mesa or the Vail/Breckenridge area.

You’ll start by taking Eidon Wilson Rd out of the airport and turning right when it meets Cooley Mesa Rd. Follow the road for a few miles until you reach the corner of Cooley Mesa Rd and Valley Rd, turn right. Valley Rd will soon dump you out onto State Highway 6, where you’ll need to take a left and continue until you reach the I-70 on-ramp. This is where you have to decide where you want to go. I-70 West will take you to Grand Junction and Grand Mesa, while I-70 East will take you to Denver and Arapaho.

Getting to either of the main towns will be easy since the interstate will take you straight into the center of either one. The national forests are a bit different. If you’re trying to get to Arapaho National Forest then head along I-70 East until you reach the town of Silverthorne and can exit left onto Blue River Parkway. After a little more than ten miles you’ll want to turn right onto Ute Pass Rd and follow it until you have to make a sharp right onto County Highway 30 which will lead you straight into Arapaho.

To get to Grand Mesa National Forest you’ll have to drive down I-70 West for a about eighty miles until you reach exit 62. Follow the road off of the exit until you can turn left onto Grand Mesa Scenic Byway. Continue along this road until it turns into High St and you’re able to turn right onto South County Road 58. Then turn left at K E Rd and follow it is the road turns into 59 Rd and leads you into Grand Mesa National Forest.

Eagle Airport Directions to Vail...

For those looking to get to the Vail / Breckenridge area, you will simply follow the Cooley Mesa Rd (take a left on it) to the East and go thru the little community of Eagle on highway 6.  You will then approach a traffic circle and there you should take the third exit onto 70.  You will see a little wooden walking-bridge on your right as you get on 70.  Travel east on 70 to wherever it is you want to end up at.

Gas Stations Near the Eagle County Airport...
If you're traveling back to the airport from the East on Highway 6 (Vail, for example), you will have the opportunity to refuel your rental at a little station called Corky's (810 Grand Ave - King Rd in Eagle).  It sits on the left-hand side of the road after passing by the community of Eagle itself.  There is also a small convenience store inside as well. 

If you're traveling back from West of the airport on Highway 6, there is a Phillips 66 Station right near a traffic circle. The actual address is 800 Trail Gulch Rd in a town called
Gypsum - just a couple of miles from the airport.  

Restaurants Near the Eagle County Airport…

About two blocks before getting to the traffic circle (as you’re traveling to the Vail area) take a right and travel to 343 Capitol Street, Eagle, CO.   A little restaurant named Paradigms will sit right on the corner.  Paradigms serves a few different fish dishes, pork, rice and various salad entrees.  Prices are a little higher than average, but the might just be worth it.

Paradigms Restaurant Near the Eagle County Airport

Other Car Rental Options at Eagle County Regional Airport…

Everything in the area is spread-out among a ton of back roads. People in the area tend to just know their own little stretch of land, so don’t try to rely on word-of-mouth direction. Instead, do the smart thing and grab a GPS system from whichever rental company you choose to work with.
Source: Eagle County Airport

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