Getting Here

Getting Here

Telluride is easily accessed by car, air, and shuttle. And when you get here, there are several transportation options for getting around town….or none at all. Everything in Telluride is within walking distance! Mountain Village is just a free Gondola ride away.Quick Links:
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By Air

At 9078 feet above sea level, THE TELLURIDE REGIONAL AIRPORT is the world’s second highest airport. It’s only 10 minutes from Telluride.

THE MONTROSE REGIONAL AIRPORT is a scenic 70 mile drive from Telluride. Since Telluride is a pedestrian-friendly town, you won’t need a car, unless you’ll be touring the surrounding region. Current air carriers for Montrose and Telluride include:United Airlines

Delta Airlines

American Airlines

Allegiant Airlines

Colorado Flights

For private pilots, Telluride Regional Airport has a fixed base operator that can provide fuel and maintenance.If you are interested in chartering a flight to Telluride here are a few companies that Accommodations in Telluride recommends, click here to go to our travel partners page to find our more.

Call Telluride’s Official Central Reservations toll-free at 1-866-888-7197 or click below to search for a flight online.

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New York / New Jersey – Search for flights
Flights every Saturday from Newark (EWR) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on United – Search for flights on
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Flights daily from Chicago (ORD) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on United– Search for flights on
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Flights daily from Dallas (DFW) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on American – Search for flights on
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Flights daily from Houston (IAH) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on United – Search for flights on
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Flights every Saturday and Sunday from Los Angeles (LAX) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on United – Search for flights
Flights every Wednesday and Saturday from Los Angeles (LAX) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on Allegiant Air – Search for flights on
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Flights every Wednesday and Saturday from Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on Allegiant Air – Search for flights on
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Flights daily from Atlanta (ATL) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ) on Delta – Search for flights on
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Multiple flights daily from Denver (DEN) to Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

By Car

Denver – 330 miles Cortez – 77 miles
Phoenix -475 miles Farmington – 145 miles
Salt Lake City – 366 miles Grand Junction – 127 miles
Las Vegas – 589 miles Montrose – 66 miles
Dallas, Texas – 1,028 miles Durango – 111 miles
Los Angeles – 857 miles Steamboat Springs – 313 miles

Telluride is easily accessible from Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Grand Junction and Durango.

From Grand Junction, follow highway 50/550 to Ridgway, in Ridgway head west on Hwy. 62, after 23 miles turn off for Telluride on Hwy. 145 (Approx. travel time 2 1/2 hrs).

From Denver, take the Interstate 70 West to Grand Junction, the Clifton exit. Just past Clifton take 32Rd to Hwy 50. Follow the directions from Grand Junction (Approx. total travel time 7 1/2 – 8 hrs).

From Salt Lake City, go by the I-80 East to the I-15 South. Then take US-6/US-89/US-191 to I-70 East to Grand Junction, take US 191 to Moab, at UT-46/CO-90 head east, finally go south on CO-90/CO-141/CO-145 to Telluride (Approx. total travel time 8 – 8 1/2 hours).

From Las Vegas, take the I-15 North to I-70 east toward Grand Junction, take US 191 to Moab, at UT-46/CO-90 head east, finally go south on CO-90/CO-141/CO-145 (Approx. travel time 9 hours).

From Durango , take CO-160/CO-184 to 145 North and continue on to Telluride (Approx. travel time 2 1/2 – 3 hours).

Road Conditions
For current conditions, call 877-315-7623 or go to

Transportation from the Airports

Car Rental
There are 2 car rental agencies have offices in Telluride-Budget and National. In Montrose, most major agencies are there including Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, National, and Thrifty.

Ground Transportation


Black Bear Telluride Limo

Our mission is always tailored for you, the discerning traveler.

Black Bear Luxury Transportation delivers unparalleled exclusive ground transportation throughout Montrose, Telluride and surrounding areas.  We are specially equipped for secure winter operations. 866.644.2626

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Telluride Express
– Providing local and regional ground transportation service. Ask about scheduled and private taxi service. Call 1-800-212-TAXI or visit for more information.

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Mountain Limo
– Provides shuttle service from all of the regions airports. Advanced reservations recommended, call 888-546-6894 or visit for more information.

Transportation in Town

Unique to Telluride and Mountain Village the gondola is free public transportation. The gondola runs 7am to midnight daily. In the spring when the ski area closes in early April to 3rd week of May and during the fall from mid October to the end of November, the gondola is closed for maintenance. Handicap and pet accessible. Total ride time between Telluride and Mountain Village one way is 13 minutes. Call 970-728-0588 for more information.

A free shuttle bus, known as the Galloping Goose, runs in town as well as between Lawson Hill, Mountain Village, and Norwood. The shuttle in the town of Telluride runs on a 15 minute loop. Call 970-728-5700 for more information.

Free parking is available in several designated parking lots. The South end of Mahoney Drive near the west entrance of Telluride and Car Henge off of West Pacific Street on the east side of Coonskin (ski chair 7) chairlift. Parking in town for the most part requires a pass or is metered. Along main street and some side streets you will find solar powered parking meters usually found mid block. 75 cents buys you one hour, and after 6pm and all day Sunday parking is free. Paid parking is also available in the Mountain Village. You can park your car at the Gondola Station Village Parking, Mountain Village or at the Heritage Parking Garage in the Mountain Village core.

Both Telluride and Mountain Village are pedestrian friendly. Walking is the best way to get around in both towns. Please consider leaving your car where you are staying.