Yampa Valley Airport

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Yampa Valley Regional Airport Logo.jpg
Yampa Valley Regional Airport aerial.jpg
Aerial view, December 2004
Airport typePublic
OwnerRoutt County
OperatorRoutt County
ServesSteamboat Springs, Hayden, Craig
LocationHayden, Colorado
Elevation AMSL6,606 ft / 2,014 m
Coordinates40°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
HDN is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations11,474
Based aircraft8
Sources: Routt County[1] and FAA[2]

Yampa Valley Regional Airport (IATA: HDN[3], ICAO: KHDN, FAA LID: HDN) is in Routt County, Colorado, United States,[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 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 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 Regional covers 671 acres (272 ha) at an elevation of 6,606 feet (2,014 m). Its asphalt runway, 10/28, is 10,000 by 150 feet (3,048 by 46 m).[2]

In 2018 the airport completed an expansion of the apron that added a seventh aircraft parking position; in 2020 the terminal is being expanded to add a seventh gate and expanded ticketing area. The two projects cost about $10 million. The airport has seven gates that can handle Boeing 757s, Boeing 737s, Airbus A320/A320neos, Bombardier CRJ200s, Bombardier CRJ700/CRJ900s, Airbus A220s, Embraer 135/145s, and Embraer 170/175/190/195 Like other Colorado airports serving 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.

Airport procedures[edit]

The airport has no air traffic control tower. All aircraft are on a CTAF (123.0) and/or Unicom and receive airfield advisories from Unicom during hours of commercial operations. 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), Atlantic 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 December 31, 2018 the airport had 11,474 aircraft operations, average 31 per day: 47% general aviation, 18% scheduled airline, 34% air taxi, and <1% military. Eight aircraft were then based at this airport: four single-engine and four 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, Lyft, Uber, and two shuttle companies with staffed help desks in the baggage claim terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Delta Airbus A320 on the apron
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
JetBlue Seasonal: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
Southwest Airlines Seasonal: Dallas–Love, Denver
United Airlines Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Historical Airline Service[edit]

Yampa Valley Airport was first served by the original Frontier Airlines with nonstop flights to Denver and direct flights to Salt Lake City with two stops. The service ran year round from late 1966 until early 1982 and Convair 580 prop aircraft were used.[6] Rocky Mountain Airways then operated flights to Denver but used the Steamboat Springs Airport. Yampa Valley Airport began seeing seasonal ski service during the winter of 1985/1986 when Aspen Airways flew British Aerospace 146 four engine jets to Denver. During the 1986/1987 season, PSA provided flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco using McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jets. American Airlines then began regular seasonal service beginning with the 1987/1988 season and multiple other carriers followed in the years after that. During the 1990's and 2000's Yampa Valley Airport also saw service by Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and TWA.[7]


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from HDN
(August 2019 – July 2020)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 27,130 United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 14,640 American
3 Atlanta, Georgia 11,650 Delta
4 Chicago O'Hare, Illinois 9,570 United, American
5 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 8,160 United
6 Los Angeles, California 3,070 United
7 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 2,860 Delta
8 Newark, New Jersey 2,710 United
9 Boston, Massachusetts 2,620 JetBlue
10 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 2,540 JetBlue

Airline market share[edit]

Largest airlines at HDN
(August 2019 – July 2020)
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 American Airlines 30,830 17.11%
2 Delta Airlines 28,490 15.81%
3 Skywest Airlines 26,480 14.69%
5 United Airlines 25,240 14.01%
6 Others 31,740 17.61%

All seasonal flights during ski season begin in December and end in April. The only year-round scheduled flights are to Denver International Airport by SkyWest flying as United Express.[9] Mainline jets operated by the three major airlines during ski season include the Airbus A319 and A320 as well as the Boeing 737-800, Boeing 717 and 757-200.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

At 1:56 PM on March 14, 2001, TWA flight 641, a McDonnell Douglas MD-81 from St. Louis Lambert International Airport with 122 passengers and crew, mistakenly landed at the Craig-Moffat Airport (CAG) while on approach into the Yampa Valley Airport during a snowstorm. Craig-Moffat Airport is located approximately 17 miles west of Hayden, Colorado, and its only runway, 7/25, measures 5,600 feet—nearly half that of the Yampa Valley Airport’s 10,000 foot runway 10/28. Though the flight landed safely with no injuries, the aircraft did get stuck in mud while attempting a turn at the end of the runway. Passengers were eventually bussed to the Yampa Valley Airport.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Yampa Valley Regional Airport". Routt County. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Form 5010 for HDN 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). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Frontier Airlines timetables
  7. ^ timetables from each of the airlines listed
  8. ^ a b http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=HDN&Airport_Name=Hayden, CO: Yampa Valley&carrier=FACTS
  9. ^ http://nebula.wsimg.com/f92fb963214151d9d9477ff5530badd0?AccessKeyId=D183B77124CF44ABEAB0&disposition=0&alloworigin=1
  10. ^ Steamboatpilot.com March 14, 2001
  11. ^ https://www.cnn.com/2001/TRAVEL/NEWS/03/15/wrong.airport/index.html

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