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Getting Around Town

Need to get around Telluride? From free public transportation to local car services, these are the best ways to get around the area. 


Due to the nature of our small town, parking is limited and not always readily available. Please plan accordingly and take a shuttle to town, if possible. We encourage using the gondola, carpooling, and the bus system to get around town.

Telluride Parking

Parking is available throughout Telluride for visitors. Please refer to nearby signs for the most up-to-date information, and be aware of winter snow removal signs. Vehicle camping is strictly prohibited in the Town of Telluride. 

Free Parking

  • Carhenge Parking Lot: The Carhenge Parking Lot provides free all-day parking for visitors at 700 W. Pacific Ave. This lot is a 10-minute walk from downtown Telluride and is accessible via the Galloping Goose bus. Overnight parking is not permitted. 
  • Shandoka Parking Lot: The Shandoka Parking lot provides free all-day parking and is located at the far west end of town at 860 Black Bear Road. No overnight parking is permitted. 
  • Street Parking: Many side streets offer free two-hour parking from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Please refer to this map for more information. 

Paid Parking

  • Metered Street Parking: Street parking is available throughout the entire business district. There is one meter per block, or you can scan QR codes on the street signs to pay for your parking online. Metered parking is good for up to three hours. 
  • Silverjack Parking Garage: The Silverjack Parking Garage is a covered garage located at 155 W. Pacific Ave. and is paid by the hour. Overnight parking is available for a fee. Directions for payment are located inside the garage. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Locations

Click here to view a map with Telluride parking or click here to see the most up-to-date information on parking in Telluride.

Mountain Village Parking

Parking garages are readily available in Mountain Village and payment can be completed on the Parkmobile app. Please be aware that parking is not allowed along any street or right-of-way, and any kind of vehicle camping is strictly prohibited in Mountain Village. 

Free Parking

  • Gondola Parking Garage (SUMMER ONLY, PAID IN WINTER): The Gondola Parking Garage is located at 433 Mountain Village Blvd. and offers free daytime parking. Overnight parking is permitted with a fee. There is also oversize vehicle parking permitted in this lot on a first-come, first-served basis. This garage is easily accessible via the gondola. 
  • Market Plaza Parking: This lot is situated in front of the grocery store at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. and offers free one-hour parking. There is no overnight parking permitted in this lot.
  • Meadows Parking (SUMMER ONLY, PAID IN WINTER): This lot at 308 Adams Ranch Rd. offers free daytime parking to guests from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., but no RVs, commercial vehicles or trailers are allowed. Overnight parking is permitted with a valid resident parking permit. 
  • Shirana Short-Term Parking: This is a small lot located across the street from the Peaks Resort & Spa at 624 Mountain Village Blvd. This lot offers free 30-minute parking during the day. No overnight parking is permitted. 

Paid Parking

  • Heritage Parking Garage: This covered garage is conveniently located under the Madeline Hotel and Residences at 606 Mountain Village Blvd., and offers easy access to the Mountain Village core. This is a paid garage and overnight parking is permitted. Kiosks are available for payment, or payment is accepted via Parkmobile app. 
  • North Village Center Parking: This uncovered lot is located at 636 Mountain Village Blvd. and offers paid parking from 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. with free public parking after 6 p.m. There is no overnight parking permitted. Kiosks are available for payment, or payment is accepted via Parkmobile app. 
  • South Village Center Parking: Located at 113 Lost Creek Lane, this paid lot offers paid parking from 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and free public parking after 6 p.m. There is no overnight parking permitted. Kiosks are available for payment, or payment is accepted via Parkmobile app. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Locations:

Click here to view a map with Mountain Village parking or click here to see the most up-to-date information on parking in Mountain Village. 


Telluride and Mountain Village both have a bus system to transport you where you need to go around town!


The entire town of Telluride is accessible by walking, but sometimes you just want to hop on a bus! The Galloping Goose makes a loop around town regularly and stops are located at all of the main spots, including the High School, Shandoka, Carhenge, Gondola, Town Park, Courthouse, Post Office and several others. During the regular season, the bus runs every 15 or 20 minutes. For a current audio reading of the Town Loop bus schedule, please call (970) 728-2177 and follow the prompts or click here for a schedule.

Mountain Village

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) operates a free bus service between Mountain Village and Telluride during the shoulder seasons when the gondola is closed. SMART also offers a bus route between Mountain Village and Lawson Hill, which includes stops at Market Plaza, Centrum Building, Blue Mesa, Mountain School and more. Click here for the bus schedules and stops. 

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association also offers Dial-a-Ride as a form of free transportation within town limits. Gratuity is recommended and there is a limit of 200 trips per residence. Dial-A-Ride operates seven days a week during the winter and summer seasons (not during shoulder seasons). Click here for the most up-to-date information. 

Other Areas

Smart also operates buses to Norwood, Down Valley, Lawson Hill, Rico, and has Vanpool to Ridgway, Montrose and Mountain Village. Schedules change depending on the season, so click below for the current schedules. 

All Smart Bus Schedules

Car Services

If you need to get to/from the airport, please do not rely on Uber, Lyft or any sort of service without a reservation in advance. We do not have drivers in this area. The companies below are great options for airport shuttles from Montrose or Telluride. 

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Car Rentals

If you'd rather drive yourself around, there are several car rentals available at the Montrose Airport. The Telluride Airport offers Hertz, and Diff Auto Rental and Cliffhanger offer off-roading vehicles. 

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