Echo Mountain is Denver’s closest ski area. We are located 50 minutes from downtown Denver, and just 20 minutes west of Evergreen. On your drive to Echo Mountain, you will enjoy a beautiful Colorado mountain vista around every turn. If you time it right, you can watch the sun set over the divide and see the lights across Idaho Springs, Central City, and the entire front range.

They will leave you stranded and with no indoor services, it will make for a cold and stressful situation. Here's what being STRANDED at Echo Mountain could look like. Read below for more details and make sure you're planning your trip here AND your trip home!


Do Not Uber Or Lyft


DO NOT TAKE AN UBER OR LYFT TO ECHO MOUNTAIN. They are NOT reliable for a ride back down the mountain, though they may bring you up here.

If you plan to utilize these or other rideshare services for your trip, you absolutely must have your return trip scheduled BEFORE you arrive to Echo.

We're not far from Denver, but we are IN THE MOUNTAINS after all, and drivers are not just hanging out up here! Do not get Uber Stranded. Plan ahead and schedule your rides to avoid a longer, more stressful and more expensive day than necessary.

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Driving Safety


Winter driving in Colorado can be hazardous. Make sure you’re prepared and in compliance with CDOT’s recommended travel safety suggestions and requirements, including having snow tires, 4WD / AWD, and tire chains or socks.

Jefferson County, Clear Creek County, and CDOT work really hard to maintain the roads to Echo, but Mother Nature moves quickly. We want all our guests to be prepared and drive safely.

Shuttles to Echo


Echo has partnered with local ride pros Ride Experiences, based out of Evergreen, CO.

Shuttles are offered Fridays - Sundays through the season + select holidays! Shuttles run between the The Origin Hotel in Golden, CO and Echo Mountain.

Shuttle tickets are sold as one-way trips, meaning if you plan to take the shuttle to and from Echo you will need to purchase each way separately- one ticket for your trip to Echo and one ticket for your return trip to Golden.

Each ride takes approximately 45 minutes depending on the time of day, traffic, weather, etc.

  • Shuttle Reservations must be made in advance.
  • Seats are limited.
  • Shuttles are not guaranteed to run without reservations.
  • Each guest must have their own seat (no lap riders).
  • Each guests can bring one backpack or small personal item (No skis or snowboards)
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early as shuttles depart as scheduled and cannot wait for late arrivals.

Shuttle Times From The Origin Hotel To Echo:

Fridays: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Saturdays: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm

Sundays: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Mondays*: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Return Shuttle Times From Echo To The Origin Hotel:

Fridays: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm

Saturdays: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm

Sundays: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Mondays*: 12:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm

*The shuttle will only run on select holiday Mondays. Those include Martin Luther King Day (1/15/24), Presidents Day (2/19/24) and possibly Spring Break Mondays in March.

Cancellation Policy:

  • FREE Cancellation up to 48 hours prior to the start of your reservation.
  • No Refunds Within 48 hours of the start of your reservation time, but the Rescheduling Policy applies.

Rescheduling Policy:

  • FREE rescheduling from 48-24 hours prior to your reservation.
  • No rescheduling within 24 hours of the start of your reservation

If you need to reschedule please review the above policy and if you meet the requirements please fill out our Rescheduling & Cancellation Form and we will be in touch.

Book Your RIDE

Hotel Partners


The Origin Red Rocks hotel is offering an exclusive $99 rate for Echo Mountain guests! The Origin is conveniently located just 22 miles from us in Golden, CO. Their location provides easy access to Echo Mountain, downtown Denver, Golden and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Making it the perfect place to stay for your Colorado adventure!

This exclusive rate is only available for confirmed Echo Mountain customers through the end of March. The ONLY way to receive this discounted rate is by purchasing a tubing reservation or lift ticket with us. After your purchase you'll receive an exclusive link in your Echo Mountain receipt which will allow you to book your stay at the Origin Red Rocks hotel!

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Driving Directions To Echo Mountain


OPTION 1 (From Denver / Front Range):

From Denver or the Front Range, take I-70 west towards Evergreen.

Take Exit 252 - CO-74 towards Evergreen Pkwy. heading south.

Take a right on CO-103 (aka Squaw Pass Road) and head west towards Mt. Evans for 12 miles.

On the right, at the end of our driveway is a big white and green sign that says, "Echo Mountain."

Head down the driveway and stay to the right (lower parking lot) for skiing and snowboarding, or left (upper parking lot) for tubing.

OPTION 2 (From Idaho Springs & West on I-70):

From Idaho Springs Exit 240 - CO-103, head south on CO-103 for 20 miles past Echo Lake and Mt. Evans.

On the left, at the end of our driveway is a big white and green sign that says, "Echo Mountain."

Head down the driveway and stay to the right (lower parking lot) for skiing and snowboarding, or left (upper parking lot) for tubing.

DO NOT TAKE LITTLE BEAR CREEK FROM IDAHO SPRINGS - Gravel Road, Not Well-Maintained in Winter:

Many auto GPS systems, and sometimes Google Maps and Apple Maps, may route you from Idaho Springs on Miner St. to Little Bear Creek Rd.

DO NOT TAKE THIS ROUTE. This is a winding, switch-back-plentiful, no-guard-rail, and gravel-only road. During the winter, the County works to maintain this for local residents, however, we don't recommend guests take this route.

Rental Cars


If you're renting a car, make sure you know what you're renting. Not all rental cars are created equally and we always recommend 4WD or AWD vehicles when driving in the mountains in winter.

Following the law will also keep you from getting ticketed or towed!

Renting a 4WD or AWD vehicle may cost a little more, but trust us! It's definitely worth it compared to the cost of a tow truck, repairs from an accident, or getting a ticket for not being prepared.

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All The Cool Kids Carpool


Parking at Echo is limited - especially on weekends and during holiday periods. Make sure your visit starts out on the right boot by using pre-arranged transportation, carpooling, or MAYBE even ridesharing to get here!


Check out Getaround to help get you up the mountain!

Not trying to rent a car for your whole trip? Look no further. Getaround is Denver and Boulder's best option for short-term car rentals, whether you want to come up for an hour or 10. Grab your friends and head on up!

Carpool Options

Like we said, all the cool kids carpool. Carpooling is a GREAT option if you don't feel comfortable driving in the snow, much less in the mountains with or with out the fluffy white stuff! Make friends, not traffic.

SkiCarpool is a long-running Colorado favorite for finding rides specifically for ski and snowboard areas.

Craigslist Rideshare is a great way to meet other visitors new to town or just visiting.

WayToGo is another platform worth checking out for options including carshares, carpools, and more!

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