Yampa Valley Airport

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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
HDN is located in the US
Location of airport in Colorado / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,998 3,047 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations 9,430
Based aircraft 10
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 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 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, CRJ 700s and Embraer 170s. 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.

Airport 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, average 26 per day: 45% general aviation, 28% scheduled airline, 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]


Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma (begins December 16, 2017)
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Seasonal: San Diego
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 destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from HDN
(Dec 2015 – Nov 2016)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 35,000 United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 19,000 American
3 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 13,000 United
4 Atlanta, Georgia 12,000 Delta
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 9,000 American, United
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 6,000 Delta
7 Los Angeles, California 4,000 United
8 Newark, New Jersey 3,000 United
9 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 2,000 Alaska
9 Washington–Dulles, D.C. 2,000 United

Airline market share[edit]

Largest Airlines at HDN
(Dec 2015 – Nov 2016)
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 SkyWest Airlines 50,270 24.07%
2 United Airlines 31,540 15.10%
3 Republic Airlines 31,120 14.90%
4 American Airlines 28,860 13.82%
5 Delta Air Lines 22,940 10.98%
6 Others 44,150 21.13%

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 with CRJ-700s and by Republic Airlines, also United Express, with Bombardier Q400s. Mainline jets operated by the three major airlines during ski season include the Airbus A319 and A320 as well as the Boeing 737-800 and 757-200.

Historical airline service[edit]

Airlines that served the airport in the past with mainline jets included America West Airlines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). The first jet service was flown by American Airlines with Boeing 727-200s and by PSA with McDonnell Douglas MD-80s in the winter of 1986-87. America West operated seasonal Boeing 737-200s nonstop to Phoenix.[8][9] Before merging with United, Continental operated seasonal Boeing 757-200, 767-200 and 737-700 nonstops to Newark on weekends. Northwest, which later merged with Delta, flew nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Pacific Southwest flew weekend nonstops to and from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) which were PSA's only scheduled flights ever to serve Colorado. During the early 2000s, Delta flew nonstop to Cincinnati during the winter but ended the service after the 2008-2009 season.

Before jets Yampa Valley Airport was served by Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) Convair 580s, mainly to Denver. They first appeared in the OAG in November 1966; apparently the airport opened earlier that year (it's not in the 1966 AOPA directory).


  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). 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. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=HDN&Airport_Name=Hayden, CO: Yampa Valley&carrier=FACTS
  7. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=HDN&Airport_Name=Hayden, CO: Yampa Valley&carrier=FACTS
  8. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1988 America West Airlines route map
  9. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG)

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