Yampa Valley Airport

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This article refers to the Hayden, Colorado airport. For the Hayden Field airport in Jackpot, Nevada, see Jackpot Airport.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Yampa Valley Regional Airport aerial.jpg
Aerial view, December 2004
Airport type Public
Owner Routt County
Serves Hayden, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 6,606 ft / 2,014 m
Coordinates 40°28′52″N 107°13′04″W / 40.48111°N 107.21778°W / 40.48111; -107.21778Coordinates: 40°28′52″N 107°13′04″W / 40.48111°N 107.21778°W / 40.48111; -107.21778
HDN is located in Colorado
Location in Colorado
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,998 3,047 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 9,677
Based aircraft 4
Sources: Routt County[1] and FAA[2]

Yampa Valley Regional Airport (IATA: HDN[3]ICAO: KHDNFAA LID: HDN) is in Routt County, Colorado,[2] two miles southeast of Hayden[2] and about 25 miles (40 km) west of Steamboat Springs. Also known as Yampa Valley Regional Airport,[1] it has the only scheduled passenger flights to northwest Colorado. It is also used by larger business jets that cannot use the smaller Steamboat Springs Airport (Bob Adams Field).

The airport is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 136,600 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 122,480 in 2009 and 110,044 in 2010.[5]


Yampa Valley Airport covers 671 acres (272 ha) at an elevation of 6,606 feet (2,014 m). Its asphalt runway, 10/28, is 9,998 by 150 feet (3,047 by 46 m).[2]

The Yampa Valley Airport recently completed Phase II of a project that expanded the terminal, apron and parking lots. The project will cost about $18 million. The airport has six gates that can handle Boeing 757s, Boeing 737s, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, Airbus A319s, Canadair CRJ 200s and CRJ 700s. Like other Colorado airports that serve ski resorts, there are no jetbridges, only open air airstairs. The private ramp can handle up to 30 private jets. In the winter months larger private jets such as the Boeing 737 cannot be parked due to lack of space and must depart after deplaning passengers.

Aircraft procedures[edit]

The airport has no Air Traffic Control Tower. All aircraft are on a CTAF (123.0) and/or Unicom. All aircraft receive approach control services from the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center. Gates and aircraft parking slots can be assigned via the airport operation radio communication channel. Jet A fuel is provided by the FBO (fixed base operator), Galaxy Aviation. All aircraft departing runway 28 make a right or left turn to avoid the populated area of Hayden. Runway 10 has an Instrument Landing System (ILS). Snow and low ceilings during winter months cause some aircraft to divert to other airports including Denver International Airport.

Airport operations[edit]

In the year ending January 1, 2011, the airport had 9,677 aircraft operations, an average of 26 per day: 45% general aviation, 28% scheduled commercial, 26% air taxi, and <1% military. Four aircraft were then based at this airport: three single-engine and one multi-engine.[2]

The airport has two ARFF trucks in the operations garage that are run by full-time and seasonal firefighters. They operate ARFF index C from December to March, and ARFF index B from April to November. The ARFF trucks are staffed by firefighters when a scheduled flight is arriving or departing with more than 10 passengers. Local fire departments, like The North Routt Fire Protection District and the West Routt Fire Protection District, can respond to the airport if mutual aid is needed. Transportation can be provided by local taxi companies and the public bus.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Delta Air Lines A320 shuttling snow sports enthusiast via Atlanta

Scheduled flights:

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by SkyWest Airlines Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta
Delta Connection Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Airlines Seasonal: Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Washington-Dulles
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Top domestic destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from HDN (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)[6]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, CO 39,000 United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 13,000 American
3 Houston-Intercontinental, TX 12,000 United
4 Atlanta, GA 11,000 Delta
5 Chicago-O'Hare, IL 6,000 American, United
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 5,000 Delta
7 Los Angeles, CA 2,000 United
7 Newark, NJ 2,000 United
9 Seattle/Tacoma, WA 1,000 Alaska

All seasonal flights begin in December and end in April. The only year-round scheduled flights are to Denver International Airport by SkyWest ("United Express") with Canadair CRJ-200s and CRJ-700s. Republic Airlines, also United Express, flies to Denver on Bombardier Q400s. American, Delta and United operate Airbus A319s, Boeing 737-800s (American, Delta and United) and Boeing 757-200s (American and United) during ski season.

Other airlines that have served the airport include Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA); the first jets were American 727-200s and PSA MD-80s in winter 1986-87. Before merging with United, Continental had seasonal Boeing 757-200, 767-200 and 737-700 nonstops to Newark on the weekends. Northwest, which later merged with Delta, flew nonstop to Minneapolis/St.Paul but this seasonal service is now closed. PSA had weekend nonstops from Los Angeles and San Francisco, PSA's only scheduled flights to Colorado.

Earlier, Yampa Valley Airport was served by Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) with Convair 580s mainly to Denver.


  1. ^ a b "Yampa Valley Regional Airport". Routt County. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for HDN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (HDN: Hayden / Yampa Valley)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=HDN&Airport_Name=Hayden, CO: Yampa Valley&carrier=FACTS

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