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Boulder Area Directions and Transportation Information


Boulder is located about 50 miles northwest of Denver International Airport (DIA). Transportation to and from Boulder is available by rental car, limousine, or bus. Most rental car companies have facilities at DIA.
The Super Shuttle Boulder, a limousine shuttle, leaves DIA every hour on the hour arriving at Boulder hotels/motels in about 70 minutes. The round trip fare to hotels is $36. Reservations are suggested. The last shuttle leaves DIA at 10:00 p.m. Phone: 303-444-0808.

A regional bus service, the RTD, provides transportation between DIA and Boulder. Buses leave every half-hour to an hour depending on the time of day. The buses run between 6:15 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. Trip time is about 90 minutes, with a final stop at the Boulder bus station. The one-way fare is $8.

Several hotels/motels are located near the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Local Boulder taxi service is also available.

Driving Directions from Denver International Airport

Upon leaving the terminal or the rental car area, look for signs marked "Airport Exit" and "To I-70 & I-225 via Peña Blvd." It is not necessary to take the E-470 Tollway to or from I-70, since it doesn't save time and costs extra.) Stay on Peña Blvd until it merges with I-70 westbound.

Stay in the left or center lanes to avoid exiting onto I-225 and other cross streets, and continue westbound on I-70 for about 4 miles. Watch for the I-270 exit on the right, labeled "Westminster/Ft. Collins," that comes at about 14 miles from DIA. It is also labeled Exit 279, "US-36 Boulder."

Take I-270 past Quebec, Vasquez, and York Streets, and past I-76 at 18 miles from DIA. Stay in the left lanes, until you pass under a "US-36 West/Boulder" sign at about 20 miles from DIA. (Do not exit to the right, towards Ft. Collins or Broadway.)

Stay on US-36 into Boulder, past the Foothills Parkway/Table Mesa/South Boulder Rd exit, and take the Baseline Rd exit to the right, at about 39 miles from DIA.

Stay to the left on the exit ramp, and turn left (west) on Baseline Rd. Travel under the US-36 overpass, to the first stoplight, at 27th Way. Get in the left turn lane and follow 27th Way up the hill to Broadway.

The Boulder Labs of the Department of Commerce are straight ahead, directly across Broadway, at about 40 miles from DIA.

Visitors are required to show photo identification upon arrival and must wear a visitor badge at alltimes while on the NIST campus.

See also: A-Z Subject Index (Boulder), General Information (Boulder), NIST Boulder Laboratories Homepage, What NIST Does, Products and Services, NIST Home Page

Created: July 6, 2000
Last updated: Nov. 8, 2001
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