Getting Here

“To hell you ride” was a warning to whomever tried to make the treacherous journey to the box canyons back in the 19th century. Some even believe that is where the name Telluride originated from. Today’s traveler to Telluride has a much easier trek!

Telluride is easily accessible by planes, trains, and automobiles. And once you arrive, you will be able to walk everywhere. And not to mention, we have (in our opinion), the best FREE public transportation in the country. Our world famous gondola connects Telluride to Mountain Village and the Gallopping Goose shuttle runs every 15 minutes in the town of Telluride.

The Telluride Regional Airport is North America’s highest commerical airport sitting at a draw-dropping 9078 feet. Denver Air Connect and Boutique Air feature daily flights into TEX. Private Flights are also welcome to TEX. Please contact the airport for more information.

The Montrose Regional Airport is the next closest airport to Telluride. It is a scenic 70-mile drive through beautiful mountain country side. Delta, United, American, and Allegiant Airlines all fly into MJT.

There are several other regional airports to choose from:

Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

Durango / La Plata County Airport (DRO)

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).

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

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

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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

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.

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

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.