Getting Here

Paradise Divide visible above Crested ButtePeople often ask us where exactly to find Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. Our valley is tucked way up high in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado, right on the border between the central mountains and the southwestern ones. To orient you to a few landmarks, we’re a 4 hour drive more or less due southwest of Denver on the western slope of the Continental Divide. Gunnison is pretty much due west of Colorado Springs right on Highway 50. Crested Butte is south-southwest of Aspen, about 14 miles as the crow flies but separated by some mountain passes that are impassable except by foot (or horse).

There is no doubt that Gunnison-Crested Butte is a bit harder to get to than quite a few places in Colorado. But the trip is worth it. Nothing beats the drive up Highway 135 with towering mountains in either direction and a wide valley floor filled with snow or wildflowers depending on the season, except for maybe the drive over Kebler Pass in summer or fall.

The view from Kebler Pass in the fall

Flying to Crested Butte and Gunnison

The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport serves the communities in the Gunnison Valley with air service on United during the summer and off-seasons and United, American, and Alaska during the winter.

Summer Flight Schedule, 2016

United flies one to two non-stop flights per day into the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport from Denver International Airport (DEN), making connections from the East Coast easy and fast. This schedule is subject to change. Check with the airline for confirmed flight times.

Call (877) 213.5357 to book with one of our Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations Agents.


Flight Departure Time Arrival Time Dates
Denver-Gunnison 3:40 PM 4:35 PM Daily, June 9, 2016- June 30, 2016
Gunnison-Denver 5:06 PM 6:02 PM Daily, June 9, 2016- June 30, 2016
Denver-Gunnison 11:15 AM 12:10 PM Daily, July 1, 2016- August 15, 2016
Denver-Gunnison 3:15 PM 4:05 PM Daily, July 1, 2016- August 15, 2016
Gunnison-Denver 12:40 PM 1:36 PM Daily, July 1, 2016- August 15, 2016
Gunnison-Denver 5:06 PM 5:59 PM Daily, July 1, 2016- August 15, 2016
We’ll be offering daily non-stop flight service from Houston (IAH) to Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC) for 6 weeks this summer and additional service two times per week at the beginning and end of the summer season, making it extremely easy to escape the heat and humidity of Houston to our cool mountain air.

Call (877) 213.5357 to book with one of our Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations Agents.


Flight Departure Time Arrival Time Dates
Houston-Gunnison 5:45 PM 7:12 PM Daily, July 1, 2016- August 15, 2016
Gunnison-Houston 7:45 AM 11:15 AM Daily, July 1, 2016- August 15, 2016
Houston-Gunnison 5:45 PM 7:12 PM Saturdays & Wednesdays, August 16, 2016- September 4, 2016
Gunnison-Houston 7:45 AM 11:15 AM Sundays & Thursdays, August 16, 2016- September 4, 2016

Fall Flight Schedule, 2016

During the fall months, non-stop service from Denver (DEN) to Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC) runs once daily.

Call (877) 213.5357 to book with one of our Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations Agents.


Flight Departure Time Arrival Time Dates
Denver-Gunnison 11:15 AM 12:40 PM Daily, August 16, 2016- December 14, 2016
Gunnison-Denver 12:40 PM 1:36 PM Daily, August 16, 2016- December 14, 2016

The 2015-2016 Flight Schedule will be posted later in the summer 2016. If you’re already planning your next ski trip, call Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations at (877) 213.5357 to book your full ski vacation.

Local Transportation and Rental Cars

We get asked a lot whether you need a car when you visit Gunnison and Crested Butte. In the winter, you definitely don’t. Free buses run by the Gunnison Valley RTA and Mountain Express get you pretty much anywhere you could need to go. The one exception to that rule is for airport transfers. If you’re staying in Gunnison, most of the hotels have their own vans so just check with Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations when you book your hotel and make sure you can get a pick-up at the airport. If you’re staying in Almont, Crested Butte, or Mt. Crested Butte, be sure to ask your agent at Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations to reserve you a shuttle from the airport to your hotel.

In the spring, summer, and fall months, you don’t need a car, but you will probably want one. We have pretty good free public transportation year round. But that transportation only gets you so far out of town. If you’re looking to hike or mountain bike trails other than the ones right near town, you will want to rent a car. The same is true if you’re planning to do much sightseeing or go on any of our scenic drives.

The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) is serviced by Hertz, Avis, and Budget car rentals. We recommend making advance arrangements to rent a car prior to arrival.


Company Phone Number
AVIS (970) 641-0263
BUDGET (970) 641-4403
HERTZ (970) 641-2881

Driving to Gunnison-Crested Butte

Gunnison-Crested Butte is a quick 4-hour drive from Denver or just 3 hours from Colorado Springs. Drive Highway 50, a scenic road that runs across our great state, or enjoy a scenic mountain drive in the summer: Kebler Pass (Gunnison County Road 12) and Cottonwood Pass (Chaffee County Road 306 to Gunnison County Road 209). Cottonwood Pass is paved on the Buena Vista side but dirt on the Taylor Park side. This pass offers spectacular views of the Taylor Reservoir and its surrounding mountains.

Stay up to date on driving conditions and pass closures

Don’t let road construction, weather conditions or road closures impede your plans to get here. To check Statewide Travel Conditions from inside Colorado dial 511, or from outside Colorado, dial (303) 639-1111 or visit Colorado Trip, a website maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Pass Status– Check COTRIP.ORG for the most up to date information


Pass Status
Cottonwood Pass (Chaffee County Road 306 to Gunnison County Road 209) Open
Kebler Pass (Gunnison County Road 12) Open
Schofield Pass/Gothic (Gunnison County Road 317) Open Memorial Day Weekend. Closed May 31-June 4 8:30am to 4pm daily. Open for summer June 5
Independence Pass (State Highway 82) Open

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