Navigating Denver International Airport (DEN)


As every traveler knows, navigating a new airport may be tricky at times. However, navigating DIA can be fairly easy due to the convenient layout. In general, you will want to plan for 90 minutes  to make it to your gate and await your domestic flight. Below are some tips and tricks to make your Denver International Airport experience as smooth as possible.

Passenger Pick-up:

Whether you have recently claimed your luggage from the baggage claim or if you are traveling with just carry-on items luggage, you will need to take an escalator or elevator to the floor indicated as passenger pick-up.  To find your Peak 1 Express mountain shuttle, you will need to exit the building on the east side of the main terminal. There will be several doors leading outside so you will want to be sure to exit out the sliding glass doors that say 515 in white numbers inside of a blue circle. Our Peak 1 Express shuttle will be located at the first island beneath a sign that reads Mountain Carriers. You will head to Island 1 where your mountain shuttle will be waiting. Your shuttle driver will greet you with a smile and will load your luggage for you so that you are able to find a comfortable spot on board. Once you have loaded the shuttle your Peak 1 Express driver will be sure to check that all passengers are on board before making the last leg of your journey to your mountain getaway.

Tickets and Checked Baggage:

If you print your ticket prior to arriving at the airport, you may simply walk in through either the east or west side of the terminal and head straight to security.  This will cut down on the time it takes to navigate DIA. If you forget your ticket you may always locate the easy to use kiosks that usually sit near the designated carrier.

If you are traveling with a few bags, you will want to check which side of the terminal your airline’s check-in desk is located on.  It is always highly recommended to plan for additional travel time if you do plan to have checked baggage, and to allow for more time if you have a large group with multiple bags.


Going through security will add additional time to your travel, so it is very important to be prepared, and to plan ahead. Denver International Airport tries to help you plan by providing an estimated security check time on their website, but it never hurts to allow extra time.  Here are a few helpful things to remember when packing your carry-on and entering the security line.

  • Be sure that all keys, coins, jewelry, and metal objects are off and in your carry-on or in one of the security bins.
  • Remove your jacket, shoes, and belt and place them in the security bins.
  • If you have any electrical devices you will want to place them in a separate bin.
  • Any liquids or gels must be in a 3 oz or smaller container, and placed in a plastic bag that is no larger than one-quart, if you do not have one you may get one at the airport.


Once through Security you will want to take a look at your ticket to find which concourse and gate your flight will be located at. DIA has three concourses from which all flights depart: Concourse A, Concourse B, and Concourse C.  After passing through security you will head down the escalator to the famous Denver International Airport train which will quickly take you to your concourse.

Baggage Claim:

If you are flying into Denver International Airport and you have checked baggage, you’ll need to locate the baggage claim area.  As soon as you exit your plane, you will be able to look up to the nearest sign which there will be an arrow guiding you towards the baggage claim area. In most cases, you will need to board the train that runs between the concourses to get to the baggage claim, which is located in the main terminal.