Southwest Colorado Travel Guide

Air Travel

The Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) serves the nearby resort area. GUC is served by American, United, and United Express.

The closest regional airport to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). It’s served by American, Delta, and United.

Telluride is one of the hardest ski resorts in the country to fly into, mainly because the elevation of Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) soars above 9,000 feet. A little turbulence, a few clouds, and the next thing you know you’re landing at Montrose Airport, 65 miles away, and taking a shuttle. Telluride Airport welcomes flights from Great Lakes, which connects through Denver with Frontier and United.

The Durango–La Plata County Airport (DRO) is your closest option for Silverton, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Mesa Verde National Park, and the Four Corners region. It’s served by American Eagle, Frontier, United Express, and US Airways.

Something to consider for travel to the Four Corners region, given your location and airline schedules, is flying to Albuquerque instead of Denver. The Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) is host to many of the major airlines and is closer than Denver.


Several companies run transportation options between the airports and the resort towns of Telluride and Crested Butte. Shuttle fares vary; it’s about $50 per person from Montrose Regional Airport to Telluride, and $36 per person from Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport to Crested Butte. To get to Crested Butte from Gunnison or Montrose, try Alpine Express. Telluride Express offers service to Telluride from Durango, Montrose, Cortez, Gunnison, and Grand Junction.

In addition, the towns of Crested Butte and Durango operate shuttles to and from the ski areas.

Airport Contacts

Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) (505/244–7700.

Durango–La Plata County Airport (DRO) (970/382–6050.

Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) (970/641–2304.

Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) (970/249–3203.

Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) (970/728–8600.

Airport Transfers

Alpine Express (970/641–5074 or 800/822–4844.

Durango Taxi (970/259–4818.

Telluride Express (970/728–6000 or 888/212–8294.

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