Nestled up high in the Elk Mountains of Southwest Colorado, the Gunnison Valley is a little off the beaten path. It’s harder to get to than some Colorado mountain towns, but it’s worth it. And it will get you away from the crowds and traffic of I-70.
Getting to the Gunnison Valley by Plane
We have our own small commercial airport in Gunnison (GUC).
The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport has daily service from Denver via United Airlines with two daily flights from June 6-August 19, 2019. Single flight daily service continues from Denver until November 2, 2019. Non-stop Houston service (IAH to GUC) is scheduled to run daily from June 6-August 19, 2019. Check united.com for detailed schedules or to book your tickets.
Other nearby airports include:
- Montrose Airport (MTJ): 1.5 hours from downtown Gunnison
- Grand Junction Airport (GJT): 2.5 hours from downtown Gunnison
- Colorado Springs Airport (COS): 3.25 hours from downtown Gunnison
- Denver International Airport (DEN): 4 hours from downtown Gunnison
If you do fly in and you’re bringing your own bike, be sure to check our guide to flying with your bike.
Getting to the Gunnison Valley by Car
The Gunnison Valley runs north south along Highway 135. Gunnison is at the southern end of Highway 135 where it tees into Highway 50. Driving North from Gunnison, you’ll encounter Almont, Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, and eventually Gothic.
During the summer months, you can typically access the Gunnison Valley by coming over Cottonwood Pass (County Road 209) from Buena Vista and descending the Taylor Canyon to Almont. Gunnison County is continuing work on Cottonwood Pass during summer 2019. Currently the pass is scheduled to open June 21, 2019 with construction delays ongoing through the summer. You can also come from the northwest via Kebler Pass (County Road 12), which will drop you right in downtown Crested Butte. Kebler is home to the largest aspen grove in the state of Colorado, making it a particularly beautiful way to travel in the fall.
During the winter, the mountain pass roads close down and the only way into the valley is to drive in on Highway 50 and then north on Highway 135.