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YVRA offers travel tips

Officials give holiday commuting advice

Bonnie Steele

Steamboat Springs — Officials at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden are offering travel tips for people using the airport this holiday season. — Officials at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden are offering travel tips for people using the airport this holiday season.

— Officials at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden are offering travel tips for people using the airport this holiday season.

Getting to the airport:

Most importantly, give yourself enough time! In perfect weather, it will take about 40 minutes to reach the airport from the south side of Steamboat Springs. Winter weather will increase that time dramatically. Make sure that you take into account the time to park and walk into the terminal, five to 10 minutes depending on how fast you walk and how far away you park. If you are returning a rental car, you may want to add some time in for that process. Finally, remember that there can be as many as 700 to 800 people leaving at roughly the same time during the busiest periods, so just getting through the ticket and security lines will be a challenge if you arrive late.


Paid public parking is available at YVRA at a cost of $7 per day. The first hour is free and then the amount increases a dollar an hour up to the maximum. The lot is well-lit, plowed and has security camera coverage 24 hours a day. The $1 increase in the daily rate is based on a 2007 survey of resort airports in the West. The survey places YVRA in the lower third for parking costs. Parking fees can be paid via credit card at the exit gates by inserting your parking ticket, arrow first, and then following the instructions on the screen. Fees can be paid with cash or credit card inside the baggage claim area in the terminal. If you intend to pay cash, be sure to bring your parking ticket in with you. If you have a lost ticket, please provide your departure and arrival airline ticket information to the Airport Administrative office to show your length of stay so that we can bill you later. Annual passes are available from the administrative office.


There are two important aspects of the TSA security transition when you travel. First is your luggage. Pack carefully. Use layers and make sure that all liquids and gels are separated and placed either in your checked bags or reduced to meet requirements: no more than three ounces in any bottle, with all of these items contained in a one-quart size zip-lock bag and no more than one bag per traveler. The TSA Web site lists prohibited items and has an excellent section of traveler’s tips. Carrying prohibited items or packing haphazardly delays the inspection process and rapidly compounds the amount of time necessary to move the large numbers of passengers and bags through the process. Probably the most important action you can take to expedite both yours and your luggage’s transition through the security process is to get to the airport early. Arriving early allows TSA the time they need to inspect you and your luggage.

Please call YVRA at 970-276-5001 if you have any questions, and have a great flight!

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