Denver is the closest international airport, and if you are inclined, you can book a connecting flight through to Laramie. The Laramie flight is a puddle-jumper, but the views can be fantastic as you fly up the Rockies (be sure to sit on the left side as you fly north). At the Laramie airport, you can pick up a hire car (Avis and Hertz; Enterprise is in Laramie, and will pick you up), or advise us of your arrival time and we will collect you. In emergencies, call (307) 766-6486 (Patty Romero).
It is easy, and highly recommended, to drive from Denver. The drive takes approximately two and a half hours. You can pick up a car in the airport. Exit the airport (there is only one exit road, which becomes Pena Boulevard). Then exit to E470 (west/north) to I-25 North (Fort Collins).
Then you can either:
Continue north on I-25 till you meet I-80 in Cheyenne, then go west to Laramie. You take the first Laramie exit (316), which puts you on Grand Avenue heading west toward town. If you are staying at the Hilton Garden, that hotel is on the right, on the corner of Grand and 22nd.
If you fancy a side trip (very short) stop off at the free “Swetsville Zoo” (Timnath turn off, just south of Fort Collins). Head east about ¼ mile to the “Zoo.” Go to the first exhibit on your left (in the garden) to see a remarkable display of sculpture made from agricultural implements!
North of Fort Collins, I-25 climbs steadily over upland prairie. Just south of Cheyenne, you will see bison on your right at the Terry Ranch. When you turn west onto I-80, the scenery starts. You will pass Vedauwoo on your right, with its remarkable stacked boulders. The University of Wyoming stages vertical dance spectaculars there in the summer. Then you will pass the highest point of I-80, and head steeply down to Laramie, which sits just inside the outlying hills of the Front Range. If you’re traveling at night, you’ll see why Laramie is called “The Gem City of the Plains.”
Take the first Fort Collins exit. Fort Collins is a Front Range town where the train really does run down the middle of the street. Turn right onto College. There are lots of nice places to stop and eat on College (the N/S main drag), and Old Town (north end, and on your right) is charming.
To get to Laramie, go north on College. You will pass through the outskirts of Fort Collins, pass a rafting store (on your left) and follow signs to 287 north (right). Continue on 287 north until Laramie--it becomes Laramie’s 3rd Street. If you are staying at the Hilton Garden, turn right on Grand Avenue (to head east), and continue to the corner of Grand and 22nd. The Hilton Garden is on your left.
US-287 is one of the most scenic roads in America. Plus, you are almost guaranteed to see antelope, and there are rumors of mountain lions. You climb steadily until about twelve miles south of Laramie. Then you will crest a hill, turn a corner, and Laramie is in the distance.
Getting around Denver:
Light rail does not yet extend to Denver International Airport, and cabs are very expensive. If you intend to spend some time in Denver, either rent a car at the airport, or check that your Denver hotel provides airport and town transportation (many hotels are served by the Super Shuttle).
Denver Airport bus:
Green Ride Colorado operates a bus service between DIA and Laramie. The Laramie drop-off is at the Hilton. We have negotiated a special price of $50 (one-way) for DIA/Laramie for the conference. To view the standard schedule, go to http://www.greenrideco.com
, roll-over “schedule” at the top, and select Laramie, WY. To book Green Ride, go to our special portal
. Your discount will be automatically applied. If you have difficulty, or need further advice, contact Green Ride at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Green Ride's reservation line, (888) 472-6656 -- state that you are attending the Laramie Scott conference in July.
Denver City to Laramie:
Greyhound bus links for Denver city center to Laramie can be found at http://www.greyhound.com/home/Default.aspx"
. This bus will drop you at the outskirts of Laramie. If you need pickup, call Patti Romero at 307-766-6486. An after-hours number is being arranged.
Note: remember as you plan your travels that our opening events take place in the late afternoon/evening of Tuesday, July 5th.
Getting around Laramie:
Laramie has uncertain taxi service, but does have a pick-up service and a University transport service. We will arrange transportation to major events as needed. But Laramie is generally walkable--though you should check distances if you have big plans! See our Laramie page for more information.