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Charter a Private Jet from California to Colorado


From the luxury ski resorts and spas high up in the snowy mountains to Denver's hip and thriving food scene, there isn't a wrong time or place to be in Colorado. Read on for our top picks for your trip from California to Colorado, including the best airports to fly to/from and how long the journey takes on different types of jet.

Why travel to Colorado?

Flying in over Colorado, expect to marvel at the divide created by the vast Rocky Mountains and the forests, prairies and rivers that sweep outwards to the east and west. Its 300 days of sunshine and plentiful natural attractions lend themselves to a heart-racing itinerary of hiking, biking and whitewater rafting, but Colorado has plenty to offer the urban traveler too.

As the filming location of classic Western movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the state hosts a varied line-up of film festivals. It also has a lively food scene – the City of Boulder has been dubbed “America’s Foodiest Town” – and so many microbreweries that the area between Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins is known as the Napa Valley of Beer. After hours, Denver’s Lower Downtown or “LoDo” district is a gentrified neighborhood where the party never ends.

Outdoors is where you're likely to find yourself most of the time, but just because you're in the wild doesn’t mean you have to dispense with the comforts you're used to. From luxury mountain ski resorts and spas to Denver's thriving culinary scene, there isn't a wrong time or place to be in Colorado. America’s highest-altitude state is also a place of many firsts, including the first cheeseburger and the first rodeo.

Top private jet airports in California

  • San Diego International Airport sits two miles from Downtown San Diego. It’s also known as Lindbergh Airport, after “Lone Eagle” Charles Lindbergh made aviation history with his solo crossing from New York to Paris in 1927.
  • Palo Alto Airport is among the busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area, with pilots also advised to keep an eye out for jack-rabbits and birds landing there.
  • Sacramento Executive Airport sits 10 minutes from Downtown Sacramento and is home to several flight schools for those who’d like to see themselves at the controls in future.
  • Long Beach Airport, formerly known as Daugherty Field, sits three miles northeast of Downtown Long Beach – home to the popular Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival.
  • Los Angeles International Airport is a great place for a celeb-spotting thanks to its close proximity to Hollywood. It’s also a popular location for airport movie scenes.

Top private jet airports in Colorado

Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains at sunrise, Aspen, Colorad
Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains at sunrise, Aspen, Colorad
  • Denver International Airport is among the busiest in the United States, so expect a bit of traffic as you head past "Blucifer", a 32-foot-high fibreglass sculpture of a horse with glowing red eyes.
  • Colorado Springs Airport lies six miles southeast of Colorado’s largest city, situated near the famous Pikes Peak mountain. Consider it your gateway to the Rocky Mountains.
  • Aspen Pitkin County Airport is small but busy – which is no surprise, as the ski resort of Aspen sits just three miles away.
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport lies three miles north of the riverside town of Grand Junction. Expect to be joined by mountain bikers and country music lovers.
  • Eagle County Regional Airport is small but packed during ski season. It was voted the 8th most extreme airport by the History Channel, due to its unpredictable weather and mountainous approach.

Top events in Colorado

Grab your spurs, chaps and ropes, and get ready for the world's biggest rodeo in January. The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is a Denver tradition that offers some of the world’s most competitive steer wrestling, roping and riding. Visitors can stock up on livestock for their ranch or just revel in a two-week-long celebration of western heritage, culture and tradition.

For a perfect synergy of awe-inspiring scenery and entertainment, visit Colorado between mid-August and October to catch the Red Rock Summer Concerts Series at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just 15 miles outside Denver. There’ll be music, movies and dining under the stars. Although optional, there is a bit of a hike to the amphitheatre, so maybe pack your dancing shoes for later.

The Durango Brew Train comes around only once or twice a year in September and is worthy of any bucket list. Board the vintage 1920s steam train to sample beers from a host of local brewers. The route follows the Animus River from the San Juan Mountains to Cascade Canyon, where there’s a small party with live music, Bavarian treats and, of course, more craft beer.

Sunset on the city of Denver
Sunset on the city of Denver

How long is the flight from California to Colorado?

The duration of the flight from California to Colorado depends on your route and the type of aircraft you decide to charter. Here are some examples of California-to-Colorado journey times:

  • A light but elegant Cessna Citation Bravo can get you from San Diego International Airport to Grand Junction Regional Airport in under two hours.
  • The flight from Palo Alto Airport to Denver International Airport for nine passengers in a stylish, super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300 takes just two hours and 22 minutes.
  • A Gulfstream G350 can make the hop from LAX to Colorado Springs in just two hours and 17 minutes, carrying up to 16 passengers.

How much does it cost to charter a plane from California to Colorado?

The cost of any private jet charter depends on many variables, including the type of aircraft and your chosen route. Read our blog post about how much it costs to hire a private plane for more information. To get a precise quote for your bespoke journey, contact us online or speak to our team on +1 516 432 5901. Once you’ve finalized the details, your dedicated account manager will handle everything for you, meaning all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the journey.

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