Car Hire from Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is the perfect base from which to explore Colorado’s rich natural landscapes. With a hire car you can get off the beaten track to discover the state’s old cowboy towns, beautiful national parks and the impressive Rocky Mountains.
Where to hire a car at Denver International Airport
There’s a good selection of car hire companies operating at Denver International Airport. Avis, Dollar, Budget, Fox, Hertz, National, Enterprise, Advantage, Alamo, Thrifty and Payless all have offices located close to the terminal. Passengers can take a complimentary shuttle bus from Level 5, Island 4 in the terminal building to the rental car area.
Petrol Stations near Denver International Airport
If you need to return your car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a petrol station located right outside the terminal building. It’s a Conoco Gas and Convenience Centre situated on Terminal Road.
Driving around Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is well connected to local road routes. Peña Boulevard provides the main thoroughfare to and from the airport. This road connects to route 70 which heads towards Denver city centre and goes east towards Strasbourg. There are also connections to the E-470 which forms a large ring road around Denver city centre. Roads around Denver International Airport and Colorado in general are well-maintained and well-signposted. Many cities and towns are laid out over a grid system so they are easy to navigate. It’s worth taking extra precautions and listening out for travel news if you’re driving around Colorado during the winter months. In snowy and icy conditions you should keep your distance from other traffic and use your brakes gently.
Getting to your destination
Denver is located in the central north west of Colorado. If you choose to hire a car from Denver International Airport, there’s a selection of top destinations within easy reach.
The city of Denver is backed by the imposing Rocky Mountains. It’s a vibrant place, which blends the old and the new, from cowboys and steak houses to boutique hotels and microbreweries. Visitors can enjoy shopping downtown, head to one of the city’s many arts venues, soak up the atmosphere at a baseball game or pay a visit to the city zoo.
It takes just 35 minutes to reach Denver city centre from Denver International Airport. Drivers should take Peña Boulevard and then pick up route 70 west. There are lots of parking spaces available around Denver city centre. The city has its own interactive parking guided which can help you to find a space and price to suits your needs. Parking meters in the city accept debit and credit cards as well as coins and on-street parking is free on Sundays.
Getting around the city by car is made easy if you remember that all east-west streets in the city are numbered and all north-south streets are named.
Deckers gives visitors a taste of sleepy, small-town Colorado, a very different experience to the bright lights of Denver. It sits close to the South Platte River which is famous for its excellent fishing. There are also hiking and mountain biking trails nearby. The town itself is home to a general store, a fishing shop and a few places to spend the night.
Deckers is around 90 minutes’ drive from Denver International Airport, taking Peña Boulevard, then the E470 southbound before picking up route 87. There are plenty of places to park along the South Platte River and in the small village of Deckers. The village consists of just a few roads so it’s impossible to lose your way.
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Eldorado Canyon State Park can be found northwest of Denver city centre. It’s a popular spot for adventure activities including climbing, hiking, fishing, and snowshoeing. There are lots of scenic picnic spots, mountain biking trails and a historic outdoor swimming pool. If you’re lucky, you may also get a look at some of the park’s wildlife which includes deer, mountain lions, black bears and golden eagles.
The wilds of Eldorado Canyon State Park can be reached in 50 minutes from Denver International Airport. Drivers should take Peña Boulevard, pick up the E-470 heading north and then join route 36 heading north west. Lower and higher parking lots are available throughout the park.