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The United States Air Force Academy is located 55 miles south of Denver and eight miles north of Colorado Springs. Find out about convenient travel options and nearby destinations to explore during your visit to the Academy.

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The United States Air Force Academy is located 55 miles south of Denver and eight miles north of Colorado Springs. There are many convenient travel options and places to stay to facilitate your visit to the Academy. There are also plenty of nearby destinations to explore if you have the time while in Colorado.

Driving Directions

If you travel to the Academy by car, you will find that entrances are clearly marked.

  • From the north, you may enter the Academy at Exit 156.
  • From the south, the easiest access to the Academy is at Exit 150. (You must have some type of DOD ID card to enter the Academy at the south gate.)
  • Academy Boulevard, a major street that dissects Colorado Springs, goes from the eastern and southern part of the city directly to the south entrance of the Academy.
Driving from Colorado Springs Airport

As you depart the airport, keep left onto South Academy Boulevard, then merge onto I-25 North to Colorado Springs.

Take Exit 156 A and follow the roundabouts west to the North Entrance.

Note: On I-25 you will pass an exit for the South Gate of the Air Force Academy (Exit 150). This entrance is only open to people with a DOD ID card. All other visitors must use the North Gate entrance off Exit 156A.

Driving from Denver International Airport

Go south on Peña Boulevard to I-70. Head west to I-225, then southwest to I-25 and then south to the Academy (Exit 156).

Travel Options

Air: The Colorado Springs Airport is convenient to the Academy. You can find taxi and auto rentals to get you from the airport to the Academy.

Rail: Amtrak Railway serves Denver. Once there, taxi, auto rental and bus services are available to get you to Colorado Springs.

Bus: Greyhound also serves Colorado Springs and taxi and auto rentals are available. There is no city bus service to the Academy.

Hotels and Area Attractions

Colorado Springs has many hotel options for prospective cadets and their families. We recommend that you get in touch with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce or the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce for more information about places to stay as well as beautiful area attractions to consider during your visit.

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