Telluride is a remote location, which is both good and bad. It means that you will be in the midst of one of America’s most beautiful mountain locations. It also means that it is not the easiest places to reach.
At 9,078 feet, Telluride Regional Airport is the highest commercial airport in the United States. It’s also one of the most scenic, with amazing views of the San Juan Mountains and the Deep Creek Mesa. Located only seven miles from downtown, this is the easiest way to get to Telluride from almost anywhere in the world. United, US Airways and Frontier Airlines all fly into Telluride. One of the least expensive ways to fly is to find the best priced flight into Denver and then book a flight from Denver into Telluride.
There is no train service into Telluride. The closest Amtrak Station is in Grand Junction 127 miles away. From Grand Junction you can rent a car and drive into Telluride or arrange with Telluride Express for pick up.
If you plan to rent a car, then look for Budget and National car rental at the airport. It is a short drive into town, drive out of the parking lot onto Last Dollar Rd. Go down the hill until the road ends then turn left. It is three miles into town. If you are driving your own car, get on Colorado highway 145 and head toward Telluride, you know where you are, you figure the direction. You can use your car to get into town but once you are there it won’t be necessary unless you plan on leaving the immediate area. If you park downtown there is some free parking you just need to find it.
Telluride Express will get you into downtown for $15 for adults and $10 for children in 2014. If you would like to make more of a splash you can be driven in style by Mountain Limo, they offer van as well as stretch limo service direct to your hotel. You can also call on them to take you to some of the favorite tourist destinations in the area and all over Colorado. Picture yourself and your family or friends arriving at Bridal Veil Falls in a stretch limo, you won’t be just another tourist family.
Telluride is a small town and it is perfect for walking. You can hop the looping shuttle if your stamina wanes. It’s free, free is good, walking is better.
Mountain Village is approached on the gondola. It is the most scenic and heart pumping thirteen minutes you can spend in Telluride, almost.
Calling all bikers, mountain bikers that is, Telluride Sports has the best selection of bikes to rent in Telluride. It isn’t just about mountain bikes either, they have a great selection of cruisers as well. If you are looking for a way to push yourself, head on over and pedal out into the valley.
Whatever way you choose to get around, Telluride will give you a vacation to remember.