Mountain Travel

A Bustang bus heads down the highway with mountains in the distance.You don’t have to sit in an I70 traffic jam just to spend a day on the slopes, hike a mountain, or visit a charming mountain town.

Try one of the express bus routes managed by the Colorado Department of Travel (CDOT). Most routes originate at Denver Union Station, but Golden visitors and residents can just hop on at the Federal Center Station at 11601 W 2nd Place, Lakewood.

If the bus doesn’t work for your needs, consider using a ride-share app to carpool.

Visit for more information on traveling to the mountains and getting around once you’re there. Use the weekend travel forecast (updated every Thursday afternoon) to plan ahead so you can miss the periods of highest congestion.


The Bustang Interregional Express Bus Service (managed by CDOT) travels from Denver Union Station and the Federal Center in Lakewood to popular mountain locations such as Frisco, Vail, Telluride, Crested Butte, and Grand Junction.

Visit the Bustang Route Maps page for a full list of where you can go, schedules, and fare and ticket information.


December through early spring, enjoy a stress-free ride up I-70 on the Snowstang to enjoy snow sports at Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, or Steamboat Springs.

Carpool Services

The TreadShare carpooling app connects drivers with riders heading to the same location, allowing both parties to save money by sharing costs, while decreasing traffic and pollution.

Caravan is another ride-sharing app that connects Denver drivers and riders looking to carpool to high country mountain resorts.

COG Mesa

 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa
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