First Timer's Guide

Getting to Crested Butte and Around Town

Stay tuned. We will share any updates around air travel, parking, and the town shuttle prior to the start of the 2020/21 season.

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Throughout the year, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) offers daily flights serviced by both American Airlines and United Airlines. 


  • Denver (DEN) – Daily Non-Stop Service | 2020-21 Schedule TBD
  • Houston (IAH) – Peak & Holiday Non-Stop Service | 2020-21 Schedule TBD
  • Dallas (DFW) – Daily Non-Stop Service | 2020-21 Schedule TBD


  • Denver (DEN) – Daily Non-Stop Service | Dates TBD
  • Houston (IAH) – Daily Non-Stop Service | Dates TBD

Through these carriers' extensive flight network guests can get to Crested Butte from anywhere in the world.

The Gunnison Valley is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled rural areas in Colorado. However, this also means it’s a bit out of the way. We think the trade-off is worth it, but make sure you are prepared to get here. The drive through the mountains is nothing short of extraordinary. Drive time from Denver is 4 hours, and just under 4 hours from Colorado Springs.

Distance from major centers:

  • 30 miles/48 km north of Gunnison
  • 230 miles/368 km southwest of Denver
  • 90 miles/114 km northeast of Montrose
  • 197 miles/315 km west of Colorado Springs

Mountain Express operates a free shuttle between the towns of Mt. Crested Butte and Crested Butte. During the height of the season, it comes every 15 minutes so you’ll never wait long for a ride.

In true local character, every bus was painted by a different local artist—so many it’s hard to pick a favorite. Maybe the Aspen bus. Or the cow bus with the tail hanging off the back. Or the new Mountain Bike bus. We dare you to pick a favorite!

During the winter, the Condo Loop and Outer Condo Loops connect the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center to local condominiums. 

For more information, call 970.349.5616

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Paid Parking

The Crested Butte Mountain Resort parking lot is located at 32 Emmons Loop just past the Grand Lodge on Gothic Road. Turn right on Treasury Road and the parking lot is on your right. The parking lot is $15 per day during the winter and free during the summer. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.

Resort Parking Season Pass: Purchase a Crested Butte Mountain Resort Parking Pass for the season by calling Skier Services at 970.349.2211.

Free Parking

Free parking is available at the two free town lots located north of the paid dirt lot and on Snowmass Road behind the Plaza Hotel. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.

Parking in Town

Additional parking is available in town. We encourage guests to utilize the Mountain Express transportation service. During the winter and summer seasons these buses depart every 15 minutes and on peak days offer two buses per stop.