Getting to & around the Gunnison Valley

Dated: February 3 2022

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If you’re planning a first time visit, recently relocated or are just looking for some useful travel-based information, I’m glad you’re here! We’re going to cover getting to and around the valley. 

The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) sits at the Southern end of town in Gunnison. 28 miles from the town of Crested Butte and 32 miles from Mt. Crested Butte. 

With GUC being the small airport that it is, flying in or out is an experience itself. United Airlines provides year round service to Gunnison-Crested Butte. Direct flights include: Denver to GUC year-round. Houston to GUC mid-December through late March & Dallas to GUC mid-December through April (subject to change) via American Airlines. Here are a couple of links with additional information, you can book your flight from the airlines website directly. |


Flying out of the valley and need to park long term? Airport parking passes can be purchased for $5/day or $50/month. Passes can be obtained directly from the airport at the airport entrance information foyer.


There are a small handful of rental car agencies located a short walk from the airport. Make sure you have a reservation - just like GUC, these rental agencies are small and have limited inventory. Alpenglow Rentals, Hertz, Avis & Budget car rentals are your options. Airport shuttle services are offered by Alpine Express, Rocky Rides & Dolly’s Mountain Shuttle. Reservations are required for shuttle service, secure your seat as soon as you know your travel dates!

The Gunnison Valley’s RTA free bus delivers passengers from each end of the valley daily - Gunnison, Crested Butte South, Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte (Mountain Express)  The RTA has a Winter (Nov-April) schedule as well as a Summer schedule. You can find the Winter schedule here. Please note that the RTA does not pick up passengers from the airport (or drop off at the airport). The RTA does not allow for luggage to be brought on the bus either, so if you’re traveling from one end of the valley to the other, with baggage, you will need to arrange for private transportation (one of the services I listed above!) or have a rental car lined up. Passengers are allowed to bring their ski gear on the bus as long as you hold your gear while riding.


If you’re traveling from Denver to Gunnison-Crested Butte - you have the option of taking the Bustang Outrider. Bustang buses cover most of Colorado, connecting regional areas and allowing passengers to travel with ease. Tickets can be purchased online. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Colorado scenery as you travel from the Front Range to Western Colorado. 


I hope you found this information helpful in figuring out your transportation options while in the Gunnison Valley. 


If you’re ready to buy, sell or invest in Gunnison-Crested Butte, or know someone who is, I would be honored to help! My cell is 970-209-9105, call or text. 

-Teresa Anderson

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