We took Mountain Limo from the Montrose airport to Telluride. We had a private ride in a brand new SUV. The driver was friendly and knowledgable about the area. I believe they also offer a shuttle service at a less expensive rate.
I highly recommend Mountain Limo to anyone who needs ground transport in and around Telluride.
In the winter, driving conditions in the snow can be treacherous. Also those afraid of heights may not enjoy portions of the scenic mountain drive on the way to the town. If you are flying out of Grand Junction, give yourself time for unexpected traffic delays.
Unfortunately I have to argue against Mountain Limo for shuttle services in Telluride. We had an unpleasant experience of being crammed-like-sardines with luggage sitting on our laps in an overbooked shuttle ride from Mountain Village to Telluride airport. There were not even enough seat belts for all the riders. The Mountain Limo staff at the airport office discounted our concerns and told us that since we didn't request a privatet shuttle, they could make no amends! I suggest to check out the other limo/shuttle services.
Riding the gondola is free. From 7 a.m. until midnight, the cable lift cars make a loop between downtown Telluride and the higher located Mountain Village.
A second cable lift connects Mountain Village with a parking area, keeping traffic in both towns to a minimum.
There are also special gondola cars, reserved for passengers with dogs.
A free shuttle which runs on 100% bio-diesel (vegetable based, a reduced-emission fuel), the Galloping Goose, also makes a loop through town and stops just about anywhere you want.
When you get here, just park your car & walk everywhere. It's faster that way.
Even to Mountain Village, it's faster to take the free gondola than to drive.
This is how we roll when we go anywhere outside the valley....
Driving to Telluride
Telluride: 728-4442 X-2
From Denver by way of Grand Junction - Take Interstate 70 West to Grand Junction,
go South on Route 50 to Montrose. Continue South on Route 550 to Ridgway then turn
right onto Route 62. Follow this to Route 145 and turn left. Follow the signs into Telluride.
Travel time - 7 hours.
From Colorado Springs - Take Route U.S. 24 West.
Turn south on U.S. 285/24 and proceed to Route 50. Turn right on Route 50. Proceed over Monarch Pass onto Gunnison and finally Montrose. Turn left and go South on Route 550 to Ridgway then turn right onto Route 62. Follow this to Route 145 and turn left. Follow the signs into Telluride. Travel time - 6 hours.
From Durango - Follow Route 160 from Durango to Mancos. Turn right onto Route 184 towards Dolores. Turn Right onto Route 145 just south of Dolores. Follow 145 into Telluride. About 3 miles out of town, Route 145 will T. Turn right. Telluride is three more miles. Travel time - 2.5 hours.
Albuquerque: 319 Cortez: 71
Farmington: 150 Grand Junction: 127
Montrose: 65 Ouray: 50
Santa Fe: 280 Ridgway: 38
Durango: 125 Mesa Verde: 92
Denver: 330 Gunnison: 125
Phoenix: 475 Flagstaff: 329
San Juan Skyway Round Trip: 216
Operating Dates and Times
275 days/year, 7:00 a.m-11:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
7:00 a.m-12:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Riding Time Stats
Leg 1 = 6.2 minutes
Station Telluride to Station St. Sophia
Leg 2 = 4.7 minutes
Station St. Sophia to Station Mountain Village
Leg 3 = 1.2 minutes
Station Mountain Village to Station Village Parking
Passengers may ride in the same gondola cabin between Station Telluride and Station Mountain
Village, however, passengers must disembark to ride between Station Mountain Village and Station Village Parking. A lift ticket or season pass is required to disembark at Station St. Sophia and access the mountain during the ski season.
With a total of 32 eight-passenger gondola cabins on the three lines (26 on legs 1 & 2 and six on leg 3), guests can step into a gondola cabin almost
every minute. Commuting this way takes far less time than riding the old intratown bus system. The hourly capacity of the gondola is 600% greater than the bus system. (The total hourly capacity of the gondola is 480 people per hour between towns in both directions while the total hourly capacity of the bus is 80 pph in both directions.) The gondola can handle up to 1200 pph if consistent demand in the future warrants more cabins being added.
Other Fast Facts
Terminal Names: Station Telluride, Station St. Sophia, Station Mountain Village,
Station Village Parking
Passengers: Eight; mountain bikes can be carried inside each cabin. The Chondola: Telluride's Chondola is a cross between an express lift and a gondola in
which every tenth chair is a four-passenger gondola cabin. The base is located adjacent to Big Billies Restaurant and Apartments in the Mountain Village and the chondola's top station is a 100-yard ski or walk from Station Mountain Village.
System builders: CTEC of Salt Lake City and Garaventa of Switzerland
Length: 2 1/2 Miles (4 kilometers
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Telluride Regional Airport
Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is located five miles west of town. At an elevation of 9,080 feet above sea level, it is the second highest
commercial airport in the world. Localizer/DME, VOR/DME, and GPS approaches. Serviced by United Express and America West Express.
The Montrose Airport is 65 miles from Telluride and is serviced by Continental, United Express,
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