Telluride is located in the Southwest corner of Colorado in a picturesque San Juan Mountain box canyon. The spirit of the American West thrives here in Telluride – from the first pioneering miners to today’s hardy locals, we take immense pride in our small town and we know that once you’re here, you’ll fall for its charm as well. We are undoubtedly a little remote – but staying off the beaten track ensures the town remains natural and authentic and unique in Colorado.
Getting to Telluride by Airplane:
The Telluride Regional Airport is located 5.6 miles from the center of Telluride. TEX is open to general aviation, including charter and private planes.
The Montrose Regional Airport is located 65 miles from Telluride/Mountain Village and is the airport of choice for most visitors. American Airlines, Allegiant Air, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines all serve the airport. The airport offers non-stop and connecting service through Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, New York (Newark & LaGuardia), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Charlotte and Salt Lake City.
The Durango La Plata County Airport is 129 miles, 2.5 hours from Telluride.
The Grand Junction Airport is 134 miles, 2.5 hours from Telluride.
The Cortez Airport is 79 miles, 2 hours from Telluride.
Telluride Express offers shuttle and car services from Telluride Airport and all surrounding airports. Book with Telluride Express directly on our website here.
Rental cars from Hertz and shuttles from Telluride Express and Mountain Limo are available at the Telluride Regional Airport.
Rental cars and ground transportation services located within the terminal building at Montrose Regional Airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, National/Alamo, Mountain Limo and Telluride Express.
The drive to Telluride is stunning whether winding through the San Juan Skyway or cruising over Vail Pass, Monarch Pass, and Dallas Divide. Off the beaten path is the best way to describe the journey to Telluride. Once you’re here, we guarantee that you’ll appreciate the effort.
**Please note that the directions and travel times are approximations. Carry a second set of directions and remember that travel times are entirely dependent upon weather.**
From Denver, CO, approx. 6 hours, 30 mins
Take I-70 West for 225 miles towards Grand Junction, Colorado. Take Exit 37 to merge onto I-70 Business Loop toward Clifton/Grand Junction. After 1.7 miles, turn left onto CO-141/32 RD. Drive 5.5 miles and turn left onto US-50 E. Follow US-50 E for 54.3 miles. Continue onto US-550 S for 26.2 miles and turn right onto CO-62 W/Sherman St. After 23.3 miles, turn left onto CO-145 S for 15.5 miles. Take the second exit through the first and second traffic circles to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.
From Salt Lake City, UT, approx. 7 hours
Follow I-15 S for 50 miles. Take Exit 258 for US-6 E. Continue for 128 miles and continue onto I-70 E for another 24 miles. Take Exit 182 for US-191 S. After 54 miles, turn left onto UT-46 and continue for 56 miles. Turn right onto CO-90 and after 22 miles, turn left onto Grand Avenue. Continue through Norwood and after 18 miles, turn right on CO-145 S for 15.5 miles. Take the second exit through the first and second traffic circles to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.
From Albuquerque, NM, approx. 6 hours, 30 mins
Take US-550 N for 183 miles into Colorado. In Durango, Colorado, turn left onto US-160 W. After 28 miles, turn right onto N. Main Street, CO-184 in Mancos, Colorado. Follow CO-184 for 18 miles and turn right onto US-145 N. After 63 miles, turn right onto CO-145 N. Drive past Mountain Village and take the first exit in the traffic circle towards Telluride. Take the second exit in the second traffic circle to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.
From Phoenix, AZ, approx. 8 hours, 45 mins
Take I-17 N for 140 miles. Take Exit 340A for I-40 E. After 5.6 miles, take Exit 201 toward Page. Turn left onto N Country Club Drive and follow for 0.5 miles. Turn right onto US-89 and follow for 63 miles. Turn right onto US-160 and follow for 154 miles. Turn left onto US-160 just before the Four Corners region. Follow for 25 miles and turn left onto US-160. Follow for 20 miles and keep right on W. Main Street in Cortez, CO. Turn left onto CO-145 N and follow for 71 miles. Drive past Mountain Village and take the first exit in the traffic circle towards Telluride. Take the second exit in the second traffic circle to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.
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