With the increase of the energy industry in the Yampa Valley and the building of the new ski area on Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs in the early 1960's, it was decided by the surrounding communities there was a growing need for transportation in and out of the valley. These factors led the communities to look at air service as a solution to the destination area transportation issue.

June 7, 1966 - Groundbreaking for the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (YVRA), just one and a half miles east of Hayden (HDN), was conducted. Only a short 4 months later on October 9th, Frontier Airlines landed the first commercial aircraft, a jet prop Convair 580 - 53 seat aircraft on a 7,000-foot runway, with a scheduled daily 39-minute flight from Denver to Hayden.

     Along with the skiing and travel industry, air service continued to grow. In 1986, the runway was lengthened to 10,000 ft. to accommodate the larger aircraft such as the Boeing 757s and 767s. With the subsequent increase of air traffic, another major construction project was conducted in 1987-88 to upgrade the terminal and taxiway.

     Flights continued to increase. In the midst of the 1988-89 winter flight season, YVRA was rated the third busiest airport in Colorado.

     On October 9, 2006, YVRA celebrated its 40th year as a commercial service airport.

     In 2007, YVRA became self-sufficient and was able to cover all operating costs through user fees and concession revenue. Since that time, YVRA has operated without any County revenue.

     Phase III began in 2009, was completed in 2012 and includes an expanded baggage claim area, addition of a new first class restaurant, The 3 Wire Bar & Grill, and moving the Administrative Offices to the terminal area. This also allowed room for future expansion of the apron area (airplane parking) into the current footprint of the old Administration building, to allow for future increase in flights coming in and going out of YVRA.

     Atlantic Aviation recently purchased the Fixed Base Operator (FBO), adding to its 70+ locations around the Country. Atlantic is considered one of the top FBO service providers in the United States and is a welcome addition to YVRA.

    YVRA is currently starting a multi-year runway and surface rehabilitation project on the airside, a water tank project in partnership with the Town of Hayden, and is about halfway through a major Master Plan Update.

     YVRA currently has service from American, Delta, United, and Alaska airlines with flights from Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Denver. With its non-stop flights connecting Hayden and the valley to many parts of the world, Yampa Valley Regional Airport Continues to be the transportation heartbeat of the valley and the gateway of choice to Northwest Colorado.


October 9, 1966

October 9, 1966

November 17, 1966