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Crested Butte, Colorado

PO Box 990
Crested Butte, CO 81224
Tel: 888-349-6184

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Travel Information

 Getting Here

Located in a remote valley high in the Rocky Mountains, part of Crested Butte’s charm is that it feels very far away from the big cities of the Colorado front range, and the Interstate-served resort areas of Summit County.
However, this doesn’t mean it’s all that hard to get here. A number of major airlines offer direct flights and Denver connections into Gunnison airport in the winter, and there’s convenient shuttle service from the airport to Crested Butte.

Though flights are less frequent in the summertime, there are still a number of daily arrivals and departures on United Express to and from Denver International Airport.

 Bus Service

Currently, the only bus service from Denver to Gunnison is via Greyhound, which is at least a 7-hour trip. Then, you’ll have to take Alpine Express from Gunnison to Crested Butte (a 30 minute trip). Taking the bus here from Denver is not for the impatient or faint-hearted.


If you are driving to Crested Butte from metro Denver, the trip takes about four and a half hours in perfect weather. Add 30 minutes to 1 hour if you are coming from the Denver airport. Add even more time if the roads are snowy.

 Winter Road Closures

Following the first big snow storm in the fall, Kebler Pass Road is officially closed into Crested Butte. Cottonwood Pass Road, from Buena Vista to the Taylor Park area, is also closed. These roads reopen with the spring thaw, usually in mid-May.

For the rest of the winter, our only highway access is via US 50 (east-west through Gunnison), and then SR 135 north 30 miles to the end of the road in Crested Butte.

Check with the Colorado Department of Transportation for current road conditions. The routes you will be interested in are:

  • US 285 from Denver to Poncha Springs
  • US 50 over Monarch Pass and through Gunnison
  • SR 135 from Gunnison to Crested Butte
  •  Around Town

    Unlike many other destination ski resorts, it’s easy, and in fact preferable, to go without a car in Crested Butte. Alpine Express shuttles meet every flight at the airport, and take you from the airport to town. Once you get to Crested Butte, you won’t want the hassle of alternate-side winter parking and clearing snow off your car every morning. Our town is quite small, and everything is close by. Crested Butte also has convenient free bus service between the ski area, town, and most condominium locations. You can ride the bus practically anywhere you need to go in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.

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