Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) (United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Allegiant Airlines) is the primary airport that serves Telluride. If you choose to fly into the Telluride Airport (TEX), please be aware that there are some risks due to weather and a limited number of flights. Great Lakes Airlines, a partner of United Airlines, serves the Telluride Airport with two flights per day. Taxi service with Angel Taxi and Delivery and shuttle service with Telluride Express are available to and from the Telluride Airport. TSRC also has discounted shuttle service to and from the Montrose airport with Telluride Express; however, the discounted rate is only available when a reservation is made prior to your arrival at the airport. Rental cars are also available at the Montrose Airport, but we recommend the ground transportation option because you don’t need a car in Telluride. Some of the lodging providers also charge for parking.
Also please note, the best rates for summer flights into the Montrose Airport have historically been available in January and February.
There are two other airports that serve the region that are two to three hours by car away from Telluride. However, the shuttle service from these airports tends to be quite expensive and typically requires a car rental.
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)
Durango Regional Airport
New Flight Partnership with Colorado Flight Alliance and Ski.com
TSRC has recently partnered with the Colorado Flights Alliance and Ski.com to help its scientists obtain discounted flights into Montrose and the other regional airports.
To book air travel:
Primary Contact: Gloria Saiya Woods 800-837-0155 (direct number)
Secondary Contact: Lynn Rosenfeld 800-525-2052 ext 3290
Driving through the American West is a very special experience. It is a wonderful way to see the pastoral farmlands, red rock deserts, high sagebrush plains, and the high alpine environments. Telluride is about a six to seven hours from Denver, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque, and seven and a half hours from Phoenix.
If you would like to carpool with other TSRC participants from various cities and airports, you can use our Ride Sharing spreadsheet to coordinate your transportation. Please note, the TSRC staff does not administer the ride-sharing spreadsheet. You must contact participants and arrange all transportation on your own.
Road Runner Stage Lines offers daily bus service between Durango, Cortez, Telluride, Montrose, and Grand Junction. The bus stops are not close to the local airports and you will have to use a cab or Uber to get there. Road Runner Stage Lines does not come directly into Telluride. You will be dropped off five miles from town at the Conoco Station. Please note that it only services Telluride once per day in each direction. While the bus is less expensive, it is not the most convenient mode of travel.
Amtrak has daily rail service into Grand Junction from Denver and Salt Lake City. Please note that it only services Grand Junction once per day in each direction and often at an inconvenient hour. While the train is less expensive, it is not the most convenient mode of travel for getting to and from Telluride.