Transportation

Connected by US 50 and the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, getting to and from the Gunnison Valley isn’t nearly as difficult as you may think.

Driving Here

U.S. Highway 50 is the major, all-weather principal highway that leads into the Gunnison Valley. It passes through Montrose before connecting with Interstate 70 in Grand Junction, 126 miles to the west. It connects with Interstate 25 in Pueblo, 150 miles to the east. Both interstates lead to major cities, including Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, where you will find the closest major international airports.

Flying Here

The Gunnison Valley has the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) with non-stop air service to Denver year-round on United. United also flies seasonal non-stop air service from GUC to Houston, Texas in the summer and winter. American operates a non-stop flight schedule during the winter to Dallas, Texas.

For the most recent flight schedules you can peruse GunnisonCrestedButte.com’s Getting Here page.

gunnison crested butte regional airport flights

Can’t find the flight you need through Gunnison-Crested Butte? These are the nearest other airports with drive times:

Denver (DEN)  is the 5th busiest airport in the United States and services flights from all over the country. The drive from the Front Range through the heart of the Rockies to Crested Butte, about 4.5 hours, is a fantastic tour of some of the most scenic places in Colorado.

Directions from Denver International Airport to Crested Butte

  • Take Pena Boulevard towards 1-70
  • After 11 miles merge onto 1-70 West
  • Stay on I-70W through Denver (24 miles)
  • Take Exit 260 onto CO-470 East
  • After 5 miles take the exit for US 285 South towards Fairplay
  • Stay on US 285 South until you reach the outskirts of Buena Vista
  • Turn left to stay on US 285 South for another 21 miles
  • Turn right onto US 50 West
  • Arrive in Gunnison after 60 miles
  • To reach Crested Butte turn right at CO-135 North and continue for 28 miles

Montrose (MTJ) is the second closest airport to the Gunnison Valley and Crested Butte at only 1 hour and 15 minutes to 90 minutes away. It services flights from Allegiant, American, United, and Delta from both coasts. One of the best things about flying into Montrose is that you pass the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Blue Mesa Reservoir on the way to Gunnison and Crested Butte.

Directions from Montrose Regional Airport to Crested Butte

  • Turn left out of the airport onto US 50 East
  • Follow US 50E for 60 miles to reach Gunnison
  • Turn left on CO-135 North and continue for 28 miles to reach Crested Butte

Flying into Colorado Springs (COS) can shorten your drive (only ~3.5 hours) at a similar ticket price if you’re considering flying into the Front Range of Colorado. Along the way there’s plenty to see and do with the highlight being the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas outside Canon City.

Directions from Colorado Springs Airport to Crested Butte

  • Take the Milton E. Proby Parkway to S. Academy Boulevard
  • Take the exit for CO-115 South
  • After 30 miles take the exit for US 50 West in the town of Penrose
  • Stay on US 50 West for 130 miles to reach Gunnison
  • Turn right on CO-135 North and continue for 28 miles to reach Crested Butte

Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)  is another option for reaching the Gunnison Valley at about 2.5 to 3 hours away. During the winter the drive is very similar to the drive from Montrose, except you add an hour of driving on US 50 East to reach Montrose. During the summer and fall the mileage of the drive to Crested Butte can be cut shorter by using the well-maintained gravel shortcut over Kebler Pass. This drive passes between two Wilderness Areas and cuts through the largest aspen grove in Colorado, a special treat during September.

Summer Directions from Grand Junction Regional Airport to Crested Butte

  • Follow signs on Horizon Dr. to I-70 East
  • Take Exit 37 for I-70 Business West towards Clifton/Delta
  • After 1 mile turn left onto CO-141 South/32 Rd.
  • After 5 miles turn left onto US 50 East
  • After 32 miles reach the town of Delta and turn left onto CO-92 East
  • In the town of Hotchkiss stay straight to get onto CO-133 North
  • Turn left onto County Rd. 12/Kebler Pass Rd. after 23.5 miles
  • Stay on Kebler Pass Rd. for 31 miles to reach Crested Butte

Delivery and Freight

If shipping your product is your concern, don’t fear. All of the usual suspects operate in the Gunnison Valley, including UPS, FedEx and DHL, as well as RAC Transport, which offers delivery services exclusively throughout Western Colorado.

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Public Transportation

The Gunnison Valley offers superior public transit. Gunnison Valley RTA and Crested Butte Mt. Express buses run regular schedules throughout the year, and best of all, both are free.

Gunnison Valley RTA

gunnison rta busGunnison Valley RTA runs a loop through the City of Gunnison before heading to Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. It makes several stops along Highway 135, the main artery through the Valley, along the way. They run winter, summer, and spring/fall schedules that can be viewed on their site. While the schedule may change depending on the date, the stops remain the same.
gunnison rta bus stops

The Mountain Express

mountain express bus at 4 wayThe Mountain Express serves the north end of the valley with free regular bus service between Mt. Crested Butte and the Town of Crested Butte. They also offer several other routes depending on the season:

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